Manzanita Lake

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Mount Lassen Volcanic Area, California

Start Exploring
Manzanita Lake


  • Lassen Peak sits in perfect view from Manzanita Lake.- Manzanita Lake
  • Fishing from a kayak in Manzanita Lake.- Manzanita Lake
  • Bird watching from Manzanita Lake.- Manzanita Lake
  • Osprey searching for its next dinner.- Manzanita Lake
  • An osprey takes off from a failed dive.- Manzanita Lake
  • Lassen Peak with clouds passing over.- Manzanita Lake
  • Kayaking during the winter requires breaking some thin ice. Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park.- Manzanita Lake
  • Lassen Peak reflects in water above the ice.- Manzanita Lake
  • A raptor flies over Chaos Crags.- Manzanita Lake
  • Trail of broken ice from kayaking on Manzanita Lake in the winter.- Manzanita Lake
  • Ice didn't cover the entire lake this particular year.- Manzanita Lake
Overview + Weather
Great bird watching. Phenomenal views of Lassen Peak.
Mount Lassen Volcanic Area, CA
Site characteristics: Water: 
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Portage required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.25 mi (2.01 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
Paddle Description

Paddle Description


For anyone looking for calm paddle with an incredible view of one of the world's largest lava dome volcanoes, Manzanita Lake is the perfect place. Lying below Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park, this lake exudes a relaxing atmosphere. While paddling, keep your eyes peeled for osprey diving into the cool waters or cast out a line for a chance to catch rainbow, brown, and brook trout. A designated boat launch area exists at the southeast end of the lake and is the only location allowed for launching a vessel. Here vessels can also be rented for anyone without their own kayak or canoe. 

Manzanita Lake was formed about 300 years ago when a large rock avalanche fell from nearby Chaos Crags and created a natural dam along Manzanita Creek. The lake has become a valuable habitat for fish along with osprey, bald eagles, great blue heron, Canada geese, and other large birds. A pair of binoculars are a great tool for viewing these magnificent birds and also to help maintain a respectful distance.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide + Map

Field Guide + Map

Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(2 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(25 within a 30 mile radius)

Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
21 Members
Who's Done It
23 Members
Submission by
105 Adventures Explored
91 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info