The Lake Almanor Basin:
Where the Sierras meet the Cascades
The Lake Almanor Basin and surrounding area spread across a natural wonderland created by millions of years of geologic forces, a crossroad where the granite of the Sierra Nevada meets the lava of the Cascades.
Enjoy hours of pleasure on Lake Almanor with its 52 miles of shoreline, in Lassen Volcanic National Parkwhich boasts the southernmost volcano in the Cascade range and in the 1.2 million acres that make up the Lassen National Forest and Caribou Wilderness area with over 300 campsites. This is a playground for all seasons, for all ages and any lifestyle.
The Basin and surrounding area offer world class fishing in lakes and streams, family fun on skis, wakeboards, tubes and jet skis, quiet mountain adventures in camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, birdwatching and championship golf.
Winter brings the quiet beauty of Lassen Peak keeping watch over pristine fields of snow and groomed trails for snowshoeing, cross-country sking and snowmobiling. With a cup of steaming coffee on an early winter morning one can catch the alpen glow on Lassen Peak and experience a moment of the quiet and beauty of the Lake Almanor Basin.
Lassen Volcanic National Park:
California's Geological Wonder
The 106,372 acres of Lassen Volcanic National Park provide a wealth of activities that are as varied as the seasons of the park.There are over 150 miles of hiking trails which range in difficulty from a strenuous 5 mile round-trip hike up Lassen Peak to a gentle 1.85 mile stroll around Manzanita Lake.
There are eight campgrounds within the park with a large part of the wilderness area available for wilderness camping with a free permit.
The new Kohm Ya-mah-nee Visitor Center, the Mountain Maidu word for "Snow Mountain", is open year round and features an exhibit hall, indoor theater and outdoor amphitheater, bookstore, gift shop and café.
As the Gateway Community to the Park, Chester and the Lake Almanor Basin host the largest and closest selection of lodging and accommodations available for visitors to the Park.
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
A 500 mile journey from volcano to volcano brings you the opportunity for adventure, exploration, communion with nature and an appreciation for the culture and history of the region. Along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway you will find residents eager to share the beauty and mystery of this land that is dotted with evidence of an eruptive past.
The southern end of the byway begins at Lake Almanor, just miles from the active geothermal features at Lassen Volcanic National Park. The northern end of the byway is capped by Crater Lake National Park in Oregon where the mysteries of the earth's interior are studied. Along the Byway are the slopes of Mount Shasta jutting above the valley floor to the summit at 14,162 feet, curtains of water showering over basalt cliffs at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, and lands riddled with remains of underground magma conduits at Lava Beds National Monument.