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“Nice lake, very busy”
Review of Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake
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Owner description: Lake at the North Entrance to the park.
Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is the closest lake/campground/facility to the north entrance of the park and it is subsequently very busy on a weekend. Many people boating/fishing/swimming in the lake (though it's plenty big to share) and a crowded campground make it a little less mountain getaway and a little more being in the dirt with strangers. For a more intimate but still accessible time, try summit lake (north or south) a few miles down the road. Importantly, Manzanita lake camp store has HUGE soft serve ice cream which is pretty much awesome and a must have after any hike (even if it's just to the camp store).

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

the lake is located behind the Loomis museum and goes around towards the Manzanita lake cabins. Very nice peaceful place to sit and relax and unwind after hours of driving to reach here.

We saw kayakers renting boats and venturing out into the waters. Go early as they get rented fast in the morning. We saw mallards and other small birds near the lake. Nice picnic spot some places shaded some were open. There are trails surrounding the lake and makes for a nice walk alongside it.

Parking is limited here. However more parking is available near the museum. Nice lake on the whole.

1  Thank M V
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Just feet past the entrance kiosk lies the very scenic Manzanita Lake. You'll be so excited that you might drive right past the best photo you can bring home from the park! So present your pass and find a parking spot along the lake as soon as possible. Then circle around the lake trail to your right counterclockwise and in just a few paces, you'll get a glimpse at the Mountain Peak set against the very beautiful wooded mountain lake. This wonderful photo has been the icon of Lassen park forever and your friends will ooh and ahh! lol. If time allows, go all the way around. It doesn't take all that long and is generally flat.
If you are stealthy and are wearing polarized sunglasses, you'll see the large 12" to 20+" rainbow and brown trout grazing the shallows for food. When I lived near, I fished from daylight until I had to leave for work. Wonderful place to be as the sun comes up! Even better when I had caught several big fish in those hours. Fishermen use boats and every sort of inflatable to get them in position.
Boating here is a lot of fun but it's not a huge lake and there are times that fisherman in small craft need left undisturbed. Now there is a series of campgrounds here so some swimming goes on although I think you'll be happier dipping in Summit lake up the road a few miles. The volcanic ash shore is like sand and leaves you surprisingly clean on exit.
The facilities are nice and recently painted. Clean and well managed by my experiences. The store is very limited but offers deli sandwiches, an assortment of trail snacks, and of course ice cream, beer and soda.
Over 200 (minuscule) earthquakes are recorded at the park each year in a cute stone building at the visitor's center. The interpretive center is very good and the rangers and staff are knowledgeable and friendly.
Final tip for this stop...Don't Miss Lilly Pond trail! It's right across the road from the visitor center parking lot. It's a short trail but really fascination how many micro environments are found in such small proximity. I love the massive pines that grow out of Reflection Lake's barren banks, several small ponds blanketed with flowering Lilly pads, and around a turn and you in a forest of miniature trees making their home of a barren hillside. All just great and lots of Numbered posts along the way tell you what you are looking at.
Well, I hope I've helped you get more out of this stop in Lassen National Park.
Michael

9  Thank The_NorCal_Michael
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Overall I liked this campground. It was definitely a positive experience and I have no regrets, however, there are a few factors that will probably prevent me from going back for a second visit. Those detractors are mainly the size of the campground (which inevitably make it very loud) and the fact that I feel as though I saw everything I wanted to see. Lassen Volcanic NP is really sweet, but most of the hiking trails and hot spots (no pun intended) can be experienced in a few days. If I want to go camping, there are a lot of options much closer to home. On the other hand, if I get the desire to see a fumarole or boiling mudpot again I will consider Lassen as an option. The campground itself does have a lot of nice amenities, such as bothrooms (which are very clean), showers, and even a camp store and a laundromat. The only bummer about the camp store is that they don't carry hard alcohol, but they do have a decent selection of beer and wine (prices are marked up of course for the convenience factor). Manzanita lake is really beautiful. There is a nice walking trail that goes around the shore of the lake (approx 1.8 miles) and offers some nice views. You can swim in the lake or rent a boat. The bottom of the lake is a little muddy, but it still felt really refreshing.

4  Thank Evan M
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Lassen Volcanic National Park isn't well known and that in itself makes it pleasant to visit. It has bubbling mudpots, not as breathtaking as the ones at Yellowstone but you don't have to breathe a thousand other people's exhaust fumes, either! Manzanita Lake, at the north end, is very pretty.
We had planned to drive from south to north through the park but could not because of a wildfire just about dead center. So we went north as far as possible, then turned around and went back, circled and entered again from the north. Didnt get to see nearly as much of the park as I had wanted but Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate!

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