Gallatin Road to the Marina has caused more damage to boats & trailers than anything else up here. Slow down in the straightaway from the last left bend in the road Gallatin after Eagle Campground and to the intersection to Camp Ronald McD. There are bumps in the road you can't see & if you hit them at the 35mph speed limit, things are going to happen & they won't be good!! These are on both sides of the road. I am now basically going 15mph over them & still have trailer damage from that and the previously unsealed cracks in the road from Spalding. Friends have lost trailers of hitches and motors off transoms. Keep your boat secured to the trailer when towing to and from camp....not doing so could result in the boat being thrown off the trailer.
8-30-15: The ramp is still working for most boats but it is getting REAL skinny over the shoal & I don't have a lot of time left for MY boat. Basically, I am now simply counting the days, one day at a time.
Lassen National Forest has no plans of repairs or maintaining the only launch ramp to serve Eagle Lake at this time. A jet boat blew out a little channel on Saturday, however it was still too muddy to see how well it worked or if it simply added another layer at the end of the dock. This was in hopes of getting through Labor Day Weekend. I will launch again on Tuesday....and still hoping to get another week out of launching my big boat. I need no less than 14 inches of water to float over. I seriously doubt I will be launching much longer after Labor Day....if I get that far. I will measure again on Tuesday.
I have no problems getting my boat off the trailer although the drop off the end of the cement is worse since the guy got his truck stuck there but that's an easy fix and easy to maintain. For my 19ft Jet Craft deep V, I have about 1 1/2 inches of water under my boat with 1/2 tank of fuel (20G instead of 40G) and I have removed any unneccessary weight such as extra down rigger balls...and anything else I don't really need JUST IN HOPE I CAN KEEP BUYING EXTRA TIME. I don't have the room to spare & still get over the shoal which is between the cement ramp and the end of the dock where there is still 27 inches of water (another 20 to 30ft of dock could go along way if the channel is kept deeper than 14inches). My 115 Yamaha is trimmed up just to start up & warm up ( I need 31" for full trim). There is 4-5 ft of water starting about 30ft from the end of the dock and it drops off rapidly after that. 28ft deep at the buoys straight out. If the evaporation rates continue I have my doubts about launching the above boat for a week, if I am lucky, 2 weeks....I can only hope that I make it to Labor Day weekend unless Lassen National Forest actually do something since there is still 4 months left in the fishing season and I am not the only person who wants to fish all season long for Pete's sake. Small boats will do fine a while longer, but even big jet boats are going to be out of luck if they can't float over the shoal. ( My buddy's 21ft Jet boat is dragging over the shoal but still able to get beyond it, barely. So, I suggest, if you are planning a Labor Day weekend (OR LATER) trip to Eagle Lake, you better insist to Lassen National Forest that they do something about the launching, even if they have the inmate crews hand dig out the heavy sandy grit & small, but many rocks. LET LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST KNOW HOW WELL THEY ARE DOING WHEN IT COMES TO LAUNCHING AT EAGLE LAKE. WE NEED YOU. 530-257-4188. Then call the headquarters and ask to speak with David Hayes, the supervisor at 530-257-2151 & let them all know what YOU think about it. I don't think they have really gotten your message yet, but you are getting their attention. Keep it up folks. They seam to be somewhat deaf to the fact that the best of our fishing season is yet to come & we are going to need boats to access the fish since they may not come in close until very late in the season as they did last year.
I am still getting my boat in and can still lose an inch and a half of water before it gets too skinny over the rocky shoal for my boat. Of notable mention, it's very easy to get my trailer too deep for proper loading, however it's also pretty flat to start & drops off quickly. So we have a decent hole, it's the shoal that is going to eventually get us and blowing a channel out with a jet will only move the pile of sand out towards the end of the dock. Don't expect anything to improve anytime soon. I have no doubt that big boats will not be able to launch all season, however, small boats will probably do fine. Just don't expect to stay warm & comfortable when our temperatures drop. But, look on the bright side, at least we are getting boats on the water right now & kayaks and tubers will have the lake to themselves in fall....however, THAT could be a dangerous mix on a lake notorious for wind and accidents with small crafts. I wonder how rescues would go if & when no patrol boats can launch? Guess we will find out.
I don't advise getting your vehicle wheels off the end of the cement if you don't have 4X4 to pull you out. The boys from Burney towed a guy out on Tuesday morning 8-18 when his truck wheels got stuck below the cement. My wheels are not even in the water to drop my boat in the water or take it out. We can gain a couple inches by removing some of the fist size rocks off the shoal, some have since been removed but the shoal & some rocks remain. ... but it will only buy us a couple weeks of evaporation and every time the hole is blown out by a big jet boat it leaves another layer of fines on the shoal as well as at the end of the dock. The hole to launch in is fine, it's the shoal that's the problem...just what put Spalding out of commission sooner than later. And the best part of our season just may be screwed up by Lassen National Forest. Smaller boats will probably do better longer. but safe boats for that time of year may not be able to launch.
I would NOT recommend driving onto the trailer or having ANY motors down while at the dock. A 10ft aluminum boat with a 10HP motor in the down position dragged his motor over the shoal which quickly anchored the boat until someone got in and raised it. So that's pretty slim pickin's over the shoal. Doing so will only deepen the hole & raise the shoal.
I thought that the USFS was supposed to show a little support for the surrounding communities and businesses as well as respect the tax payers who pay their salary. The actions or should I say the lack of action by LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST SHOWS A TOTAL DISRESPECT FOR LASSEN COUNTY AND ALL THE TOURISTS WHO SUPPORT THE LOCAL BUSINESSES. LASSEN COLLEGE FOUNDATION IS THE PERMIT HOLDER FOR CONSESSIONS FOR THE MARINA AND CAMPGROUNDS. THE FOUNDATION GIVES OUT FULL SCHOLARSHIPS TO DESERVING STUDENTS TO LASSEN COLLEGE. LASSEN NATIONAL FOREST IS APPARENTLY AGAINST SUPPORTING HIGHER EDUCATION TOO. SO MUCH FOR LNF'S STELLAR REPUTATION IN SUPPORTING LASSEN COUNTY. I don't really see how they can recover their good reputation when they never had one to begin with. Nothing has really even changed in over 50 years, why would we think things would improve? I just can't believe that they still get paid for doing nothing....by the very taxpayers that they are screwing over. All I can say is for you to call them. If I were planning a fall fishing trip up here, A) call the USFS at the numbers provided in red. they need to hear from YOU. B) concentrate on a Plan B & put more effort into Plan B than counting on Lassen National Forest to do anything to the ramp. I have my kayak and float tube, I will be fishing all season regardless of launching my boat. Unfortunately, when I am not able to launch or drift over the shoal, the same will go for boats just like it. Just sayin'. Doesn't look like Lassen National Forest gives a hoot in hell about Lassen County's economy. If they spent all the energy they are spending on not doing anything and figuring out how to cover up past mistakes or misrepresentations, we would have had a decent low water ramp already.
We are hoping to get a serious winter & if we don't, we will probably be screwed if something isn't actually in a contingency plan already. Of course, the government really doesn't think that far ahead. If no boats can launch next season....Lassen County should file a class action lawsuit on Lassen National Forest on behalf of all the businesses for not insuring that the ramp will last the season. The big money base will be left to fishing elsewhere. At least we still have water compared to other lakes. If we were to lose 30ft more (10-12 years worth), we wouldn't have any reason to want to launch. Until then LNF should take care of the launching and stop making up excuses & waiting for rain. El Nino coming is not an excuse, until I can touch it and feel it, it's propaganda. Of course I want water as much as the next guy, but if it were up to me, there would have already been a plan, funding secured & a negative declaration declared (Neg/Dec used when the Gov doesn't have time, will or money for an environmental impact report...funny that they don't use it to benefit the public, just themselves). There has been plenty of time, the USFS simply hasn't used it wisely or for what is best for the economy or public.
On holidays and weekends there are traffic jams when the wind picks up. I have waited out in the waves up to 1 1/2 hours for my turn to get into the dock, so be patient. No matter where one pulls up at the dock, its the truck/trailer at the ramp who is first. Generally, that person is tied up at the end of the of the dock. Other boats can't come into the dock or that boat has to get around them all if his trailer is first in line.
Being that many people are mobility impaired and walking disabled and NEED to get to the dock and cannot take chances with causing damage to a boat or a body. Folks like me can't just jump off a boat while the boat backs out from the dock to wait for the driver to return with the trailer. Often I am by myself & there are no other options. I have no problem if someone moves my boat up the line of the dock or further back when I am either parking or getting the truck but there is no more room for passing boats on the dock now.
Without a solid committment from Lassen National Forest for a new low water ramp, we are going to be in a world of hurt for launching our Eagle Lake Boats (bigger and built for the heavy winds) by Labor Day Weekend. We hope to see some serious work beginning soon but YOU HAVE TO CALL LNF. We certainly hope that USFS comes thru so the local economy DOESN'T SIMPLY STOP DEAD UP HERE.
My intent on this website was never to make money doing so in the first place. I wanted to give people traveling here a fishing report that they could actually catch fish by (not 2-3 weeks old) and teach them how to use what they have to achieve the results so they would come back. If I did well, then Lassen County businesses would benefit. Then, I ran across the dirty little pollutions and water secrets I didn't go looking for but had to do something about regardless of what some people said. I was warned about the results, but since I never planned on making money I had nothing to lose. Lassen businesses only benefit from what I do for fun. I had nothing to lose and I still have nothing to lose which is why I can say what I see. So without information or guarantee they can launch all boats safely this summer and fall, they will make other plans elsewhere.
Personally, I will still be able to fish this lake in my tube or yak along with others that enjoy that sport....oh yeah, that access has been being decreased as well and is in some places several hundred feet up from where it has always been posted. I assume it is another way for Lassen National Forest to let you know, they really don't want you to use public land that has always provided access between Christie and Wildcat.