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Lassen Volcanic National Park reopens to visitors

10/17/2013

Lassen Volcanic National Park will reopen in time for the weekend at 8 a.m. Friday morning, Oct. 18. The park has been closed since Oct. 1 due to the lapse in congressional appropriations.

Park Superintendent Darlene M. Koontz said, “The park staff is excited to return to work and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the park to enjoy the rest of the fall and upcoming winter season.”

On Thursday, Oct. 17, the Lassen National Park Highway through the park will be closed to allow road crews to clear rock and debris that accumulated during the shutdown, but visitors can access Manzanita Lake Campground, Loomis Museum, Sulphur Works and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Several campgrounds, including Butte Lake, South Summit Lake, Southwest (walk-in) and Warner Valley will all be open on Friday for dry camping. The visitor center is open daily and Loomis Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays for the remainder of October. 

The concessioner facilities, including Drakesbad Guest Ranch and Manzanita Lake Camper Store have been closed for the season while Lassen Café & Gifts in Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center will re-open Saturday, Oct. 26 for weekend operations through fall and winter.

Other activities to resume include park ranger participation in the Turtle Bay Earth Science Week Celebration on Oct. 18 and 19 in Redding, education programs in the park for school visits and Wilderness Stewardship Plan open houses. The revised open house schedule is as follows:

Oct. 23 — From 5 to 7 p.m. at Lema Ranch, 800 Shasta View Drive in Redding.

Oct. 24 — From 5 to 7 p.m. at Old Station Volunteer Fire Department, Highway 89 in Old Station.

Oct. 29 — From 5 to 7 p.m. at Chester Fire Protection District, 251 Airport Road in Chester.

Nov. 6 —From 5 to 7 p.m. at Tehama County Visitor Center, 250 Antelope Blvd. in Red Bluff.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is proud to be a member of this community and contributes more than $15,800,000 to the local economy each year.  The economic impact of closing this park for 16 days has been extremely tough on our gateway communities, local businesses, neighbors and park partners.  For more information, visit the park website, nps.gov/lavo, or call park staff at 595-4480 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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