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“New annual adventure” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake
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Owner description: Lake at the North Entrance to the park.
Boulder Creek, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“New annual adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We camped here last year and loved it. Going again this year has cemented it as an annual tradition. The whole of Lassen Volcanic National Park is a treasure and it's so weird that more people don't know about it. The campsites are clean and have bear lockers, nice big picnic tables, and fire pits. The bathrooms are clean and not smelly. Every now and then you will get a whiff of sulfur in the wind from the hydrothermal areas around the park but it's not bad at all. The hike around Manzanita Lake is low impact and you can get beautiful shots of Lassen Peak. We hiked Bumpass Hell this time which was medium-high impact (in my opinion) but the views and cool hydrothermal activity at the end is worth it. The camp store is incredibly well stocked and their swirl ice cream is delicious. Around 7:30 p.m. one evening a ranger came by to let us know about a ranger program later that evening and on a whim we went and ended up really enjoying learning about the ancient forest and all of the "superhero" organisms that help the forest grow. This is a great park and a great campsite. Go and explore!

Visited September 2012
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San Francisco, California
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154 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Batty for Manzanita Lake”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

The lake is located on the north end of Lassen Park just down the street from the entrance and the visitor center. It's lovely for a day trip (just 45 minutes from Redding or 4.5 hours from San Francisco) or as an overnight base camp for exploring Lassen. Attractions include:

-- Several scenic hiking trails start in this area
-- Nice reflections of Mt Lassen when the lake is calm
-- Nice tree logs in the lake that kids love to scramble on
-- Bats come out when the sun sets
-- Kayaks for rent ($10/hour)
-- Campground and cabins are available. Store, showers and other facilities. But no hot food for sale.

This is NOT a swimming lake though.

Visited July 2012
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San Jose, California
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Camp”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

We Camp there at night and it was great. Shower was open 24 hours, and there was even ice cream at the store there.

Campground was clean.

Visited July 2012
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Hayward, Ca
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2 reviews
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“Vacation trip every year”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

The views are spectaular every where you look. My husband, who is an avid fly fisherman, has been going to Manzanita every year for the last ten years. The fish in the lake are very intelligent distiguishing real food vs. a dry fly. It sure is fun trying to catch one though!! Best time to fish is early in the morning or late in the day while enjoying a breath taking sunset. Be sure to bring your camera and a coat for nighttime as it does get cold.

The campgrounds are very nice and kept clean. While enjoying a campfire and remembering the day, look up to see the "billions" of stars we can't see at sea level. The personnel are very knowledgeable, warm and enthusiastic about offering other sites to visit. Lots of deer and chipmunks to appreciate in their natural habitat. Looking forward to next year!!

Allison and Bob Riblett

Visited July 2012
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Vienna, Virginia
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138 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Beautiful for walks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

Walk around this lake. Lots of ducks and other wildlife to view.

Visited July 2012
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