New Lassen Park Cabins Pique Interest

The two-room cabins can be rented for $81 a night.

Despite no major publicity yet, new summer cabins installed at Manzanita Lake campground in Lassen Volcanic National Park have generated “quite a strong response,” said a spokesman for the company managing the pre-fabricated homes. 

Reservations opened last month for the 20 wooden structures available from June through early October. “It’s so new we haven’t done any promotion other than word of mouth and a few articles,” said John Poimiroo, spokesman for California Guest Services.

The rustic cabins – essentially mobile homes – come in three models and include beds, a propane heater and lantern, as well as an outdoor bear-proof box, fire ring and picnic table. They do not contain kitchens or bathrooms (restrooms are located nearby). 

 

Lassen used to have cabins near Manzanita Lake, but they were removed in the ‘70s after the Chaos Crags region was deemed a rockslide hazard zone, said park spokeswoman Karen Haner. The risk was reevaluated and reduced in the early ‘90s. 

The park asked for public feedback in 2007 and decided to bring back cabins as a result, she said. The cost of the project – including site work and purchase of the cabins and other equipment – was about $520,000. 

“People are looking for this special cabin experience,” Poimiroo said. “We expect them to be very, very popular.” 

Manzanita Lake has long been a popular camping area in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The one-room cabin ($57 a night) includes a double bed, table and four chairs. The two-room model ($81) includes one double bed, three single bunk-style beds, table and chairs. The bunk cabin ($81) includes eight single beds. 

The bunk cabins contain eight single beds and cost $81 per night.

For those who don’t have camping gear or wish to travel light, a “camper package” is available (ranging from $100 to $275, depending on the size of the cabin) that includes sleeping bags, firewood, a cooler, cookstove, pots and utensils, and a S’mores kit, among other items. 

The park does not have the infrastructure nor budget to operate the cabins in the winter, said Haner, though the cabins are insulated and have heaters. 

More cabins can be added if demand grows. 

And speaking of demand, “it’s a great opportunity to book a cabin now” before national publications start spreading the word, Poimiroo said. 

For more information about Lassen park, visit www.nps.gov/lavo. Learn more about the cabins and make reservations at lassenrecreation.com

-Candace L. Brown has been a magazine and newspaper reporter since 1992. She’s thinking it’s time to dust off the snowshoes for a trek along Lassen’s snowbound thoroughfare. 

-Photos courtesy California Guest Services.

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Candace L. Brown
Candace L. Brown has been a newspaper and magazine reporter and editor since 1992, including eight years at the Redding Record Searchlight. She lives in Redding and can be reached at candace.freelance@gmail.com.
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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Rachael C. says:

    I booked one for the week of July 4th on the second day they became available!!!! Super excited to not have to sleep on the ground!!!

  2. Avatar Larry says:

    Uh oh, the second link (to LassenRecreation.com) is secured and won't grant permissions to view.

    Guess have to it the old fashion way (by phone). I am quite excited since my disability hasn't lessened my enthusiasm for the outdoors, but it certainly has changed my camping style (I can no longer pitch a tent).

    Next thing to do is get some yurts! Love yurts. Hat Creek has some great ones, and state parks are just beginning to discover how simple they are.

    • Candace L. Brown Candace L. Brown says:

      Larry,

      I'm not sure why the Lassen Recreation site is not working this morning. You can also reserve cabins by calling 877-444-6777 or booking them online at recreation.gov (online reservations after June 9). Looks like another option is to e-mail manzanitalake@calparksco.com or phone 530-200-4578. Hope that helps.

    • Candace L. Brown Candace L. Brown says:

      The lassenrecreation.com link is working again. 🙂