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Hat Creek Resort & RV Park
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I recommend this place based on the location and the level of RV park maintenance. It deserves 5 stars for these features. The cabins are rustic, which is the reason for my 3 star rating. Just trying to set expectations here.

First, the good points about the Park:
-- Remote location, right on Hat Creek.
-- Quiet at night. You can hear the creek rushing by through the open cabin windows.
-- Well maintained. The cabin had the cleanest outdoor BBQ grill I’d ever seen at a campground.
-- Attention to detail. For example, while walking past the basketball court, I stopped to pick up the basketball that was left out for guests’ use. I was surprised to find it fully-inflated and ready to use. This is one of those things an RV Park might easily overlook.

Mixed review on the cabin:
-- Cabin bed was comfortable, and provided a good night’s sleep. It was pushed up against one wall, making it difficult for one of the spouses (me) to get in/out of bed at night when nature called.
-- Cabin had a full kitchen, with most dishes/utensils provided. Folks who intend to BBQ will need to bring their own BBQ tools, foil, etc.
-- Cabin had its own BBQ grill and its own fire ring.
-- Pet friendly cabin. Pets are not allowed to stay in the cabin unattended. However, there is no maid service, and we didn’t see any “pet police” patrolling the park, so we left our quiet, well-behaved dog in his crate in the room for brief periods of time while fishing in the park area, with no repercussions.
-- Nice knotty pine paneling inside. Worn piece of plywood adorning the small front porch.
-- The gas oven/stove was clean and functioned properly, but it was not vented. We opened all the kitchen windows when using the oven.
-- The room was generally clean, except for dust and cobwebs on the neglected windowsills.
-- The bathroom was small. A big/tall person might have a difficult time using the toilet, due to the bathroom configuration.
-- Plenty of scalding hot water from the unit’s dedicated water heater, which provides a satisfying shower when tempered with cold water.
-- The shower stall in Cabin 9 should have been replaced a decade ago. The coating on the synthetic shower surround has worn off in places. The surround is warped and bowed. Someone has tried to caulk along irregularly-shaped line between the shower walls and floor. There is a line of mildew following the caulking. A sad sight. The wood behind the shower walls is most likely in very bad shape.
-- There is no soap dish in the shower; no convenient place to set one’s toiletries.
-- The bedroom in Cabin 9 is poorly lit. It has a decent-sized closet, but access to the closet is impaired by a small tangle of extension cords running from one of the cabin’s few electrical outlets to lamps and other devices.

Summary: Staying in the cabin is better than camping. Much better. Just don’t expect a luxury room.

Additional notes on the location:

-- Dining options are limited. There is one café a couple of miles away with a good breakfast and an in-house bakery, but limited dinner hours and menu, and no adult beverages. They do, however, have a dog-friendly patio for dining. The next closest restaurants are 30 miles away in Burney. We made use of the cabin kitchen and BBQ grill during our stay, but…
-- Grocery shopping also limited. I stopped by the RV Park store 3 or 4 times during our stay, looking for basic items. None of the items I sought were available there. There is a store and gas station a few miles away which had a better selection of items, and friendlier service. During our visit, they had frozen Hat Creek Grass Fed Beef in stock, but few, if any, fresh foods. There is a Safeway grocery store in Burney.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank RJ748
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We loved our stay at Hat Creek Resort. We stayed in cabin #1, which we thought was the best one! It was really well stocked with everything we needed for the kitchen, the bathroom was good sized, and the bed was very comfortable. The outside deck had a table with 2 chairs and overlooked the creek, which was peaceful and beautiful. It was a good size for 2 people

The location was perfect for visiting the surrounding area. Close to Lassen Park, both the main north entrance, and the Butte Lakes entrance; and close to Burney Falls. We thought the wifi worked fairly well, so no complaints about that.

The people that run it were very kind and helpful

Room Tip: Room 1 was the most private and was right on Hat Creek. It's a decent size for 2 people.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Deb37
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Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

What a serene setting. Gorgeous creek and very rustic. I am not much into roughing our, so the fully stocked cabin was perfect for me. The carpet in one of the bedrooms was very stained and the mouse in the cabinet had a field day with the dog food were brought. No worries, there was enough to go around. The towels were the best...not sure why but flimsy towels just irritate me..:) HCR is close to Lassen yet far enough from tourist crowd. Loved meeting the many PCT hikers and listen to their stories. The staff there was so very nice, especially Bill, the handy man. Loved our stay.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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1  Thank SybilleW
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Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

I made a reservation at Hat Creek on 4/21/13. Then we rerouted our trip plans and I cancelled on 5/21 for a reservation 6 weeks later. The resort kept $25 as a cancelation fee. DO NOT make reservations at Hat Creek unless there is no chance you will change travel plans. I have never heard of this before.

Stayed: June 2013
2  Thank Finndance
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

I think this is our 4th time staying at Hat Creek Resort at Old Station. WE really love it there. We just take our food and they have everything else. Kitchen is stocked with everything you need. The cabins are clean. Beds are comfy. Heat and air cond. You can walk outside your door and fish! WE caught fish again. They bite the best on worms. There are picnic tables outside and bar b q's as well as fire pits. They have TV and they have free internet. So happy there. My idea of camping :)

Room Tip: Watch for a groupon deal. You can save a lot of money on the Groupon
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Sally J
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed at the standard queen motel room while visiting Lassen. You can not beat the location! Manzanita Lake entrance is around 10-15 minutes drive. Butte lake campground (the starting point for Cinder Cone hike) is also around 20-25 minutes drive. So, you can go in either direction on CA-44 to access different trails.
This place may look rundown from outside. But, the rooms are clean, properly kept, fully equipped with refrigerator and microwave. They are small though. But, you can not ask for more while staying that close to Lassen. Be aware of the fact that you might not get any signal in your cell phone ( I have AT & T). They provide free Wi-fi which is painfully slow. Altogether, I would highly recommend this place for Lassen visitors.

Room Tip: If you are getting motel room, try booking rooms on the second floor.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank nilotpalr
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

General remark:
First things first: As far as I can judge it, all accommodations close to Lassen Volcanic National Park are very basic.
If you need a supermarket and some restaurants around to be happy, you should consider staying e.g. in Burney (40 miles to the northern park entrance) or in Chester (25 miles to the southern park entrance).

Service:
Okay, we can’t blame the owners that there was a power blackout when we arrived so we had to drive back 30 miles to Burney to get something to eat.
But even on the 2nd day we could not do our laundry because the facilities were out of order.
Wi-Fi connection was very bad.

Motel Room
The room was equipped with a fridge and a microwave but no dishes. So we had to buy plastic dishes to be able to make ourselves breakfast.
The table had a reasonable size and the mattress was okay. Sleep quality was not good, though, because the shutters were to short for the window. Right in front of our room a night lamp was burning all night so it was very bright in the room. You heard a lot of noise from the room above, too.
There was not enough light in the evenings, only one bedside lamp and a second lamp on the other side of the room, no ceiling lamp. It was very difficult for 2 people to read their books in sufficient light.
The bathroom was quite worn. The additional set of towels was appreciated. The bathroom window could be opened to get some fresh air in.
There was no hairdryer in the room. When I asked at reception, they told me it is not part of the room service. So I had not only a bad hair day, but even a bad hair birthday!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Nadine W
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Address: 12533 Highway 44, PO Box 110, Old Station, CA 96071
Region: United States > California > Old Station
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Old Station
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Hat Creek Resort And Rv Park
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