Crater Lake Campground

Susanville, California 96127

Crater Lake Campground

Crater Lake Campground Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Crater Lake Campground has the most unexpected charm. You drive off CA 44 across a railroad track toward a mountain in the distance. The mostly dirt road (only 7 miles) winds up around a volcanic cone. Rough only in places, the road brings you to the lip of the cone in a short time, and you can look down on 27 acres of the prettiest little lake surrounded by aspens turning gold in the fall.

This is a small campground—only 17 campsites, and most of them are pitched wrong or too small for even small RVs, so this is prime tent camping. The sites are sprinkled up and down the loop to the lake’s edge. Fishing on Crater Lake is pretty good, especially after it is stocked."

Crater Lake Campground Trip Reports

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My family tries to go camping here at least once a year. Bring some warm clothes, just in case, even in the summer. This is a great place to relax, sunbathe and read, take a chilly dip in the pretty lake, or just leisurely tube float around in the water. One of my favorite things about this lake is that motors are not allowed so there is a serenity here that I love. We bring our canoe and paddle around for hours. I don't fish but my uncle does and the fishing here is also great. The scenery is stellar. There are 17 sites at lake, and each campsite has a fire ring and table. There is pumped water and vault toilets, so this is a rustic place to stay, and it isn't really that easy to get a trailer or motorhome to the campground due to the rough road. There are little hikes you can do around the lake, but it isn't too far to find great hiking options nearby in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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Trail Information

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Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hiking
Additional Use
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Fees per Night
Picnic table, fireplace. Hand-pumped well water, vault toilets.

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