Ramp Conditions
7-22-16
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 FISHING SEMINARS BY VAL AT EAGLE LAKE MARINA STORE PATIO EVERY SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 4PM.  We help you get set up and dialed in to catch fish.
 
 
GALLATIN ROAD TO THE MARINA ON THE STRAIGHT AWAY AFTER EAGLE CAMPGROUND STILL HAS NASTY BUMPS THAT CAN THROW BOATS OFF TRAILERS IF THEY AREN'T TIED DOWN.  PEOPLE HAVE ALSO LOST TRAILERS OFF HITCHES, TROLLING MOTORS OFF TRANSOMS AND GEAR.  IT HAS ALSO CAUSED DAMAGE TO BOAT TRAILERS FROM STRESS FRACTURES.  SLOW DOWN, TAKE THAT STRETCH SLOW IN EITHER DIRECTION.   
 
 
NO HANDICAP FISHING ACCESS.  The courtesy dock also has issues with handicap access.  Handicap parking at the launch ramp is further away than it was last year and not clearly marked by ADA requirements.   Hard to walk in the loose gravel compared to the packed gravel where previous handicap parking was.  The handicap walkway at Christie Day Use/Picnic Area is a trip hazard in many locations and has not been maintained by Lassen National Forest.  It will handicap you if you aren't already.  
 
2016 EAGLE LAKE LAUNCH RAMP PHOTOS.  Only one single lane ramp serves Eagle Lake at Gallatin Marina.  Spalding and Stones Landing remain high and dry.  We aren't sure where some fishing publications are getting their information but are telling people that two ramps are working.  We only have the one single lane ramp to serve the entire lake.  Photos are in the ramp album for all to see.
 
Don't park down at the turn around for the ramp and start tying your boat down.  Big trucks & long trailers don't always have the turning radius in order to back their trailer down with vehicles stopped on the road in.  The place for unstrapping and strapping up is above in the parking lot.  
 
The most trouble comes when people are heading in from the lake when the wind comes up and others are trying to get their boats in the water.  There is only one lane and little room to pass by boats on the dock waiting to get out of the water.  So we have to make room for those coming in and leave room for those heading out.  Neither makes anyone happy.  Those getting in the water are pissed because there are boats on the dock waiting to get out.  No, there isn't much room to get around the boats on the dock.  However it is not the fault of those boaters, its the fault of Lassen National Forest for not providing adequate room for boats to come and go easily.  I came in before the wind came up and a guy was backing down from the top to launch, so I had no pressing reason not to wait before pulling into the dock.  He took the east side of the ramp, found the shallow rise with one trailer wheel and a drop of the cement for the other wheel.  Then, he decided to relocate the trailer so the boat would float off. (By now, there was another boat coming in right behind me)  I waited 22 minutes for one guy.  He would have never cleared the channel with his inboard if I had pulled into the dock.  Don't complain to other boaters, most everyone is doing a pretty good job of making room or splitting the difference.  Complain to Lassen National Forest Eagle Lake Ranger District.  We have waited on the lake up to 45 minutes to get to the dock when the wind begins to howl. 
 
Also, those launching in the dark of the morning, turn your headlights off (parking lights are fine).  You are totally blinding everyone else waiting at the ramp because of the angle of your rig on the ramp itself.  I have come across more inconsiderate people this year than I have in the past.  Maybe it's just my timing. If your lights are on high beam, trust me, so are mine just to counter the blindness.
 
Trailer wheels are off the end of the cement ramp but the transition hasn't been too bad yet.  I prefer staying in the lane closest to the dock. However it does change with usage.  So just ease your boat down...you will find it.  When loading, the most problems I see are from folks getting their trailer too deep to get the boat centered properly.  You might laugh at me shallow loading my boat, but it's always true on the trailer the first time.  This morning, one poor guy backed in several times to get his boat centered on the trailer while his buddy tugged and pulled on it.   If you don't get your trailer too deep, you won't have that problem.  We have about 8 ft of cement  left at the ramp now.  Stay towards the dock, the east side of the ramp has a steeper drop off the end of the cement.
 
The depth of the water in the launch lane along side of the dock is pretty much 3 to 3 1/2 ft deep for the last 2/3rds of the dock and a narrow channel about where a motor would be in the launch lane can vary from day to day but mostly 3-4ft deep.  Just don't drift to the east towards the jetty.  There are still some rocks and it shallows up quickly.  The drop off the end of the cement is also worse on the east side compared to keeping your trailer closer to the courtesy dock.  Regardless, we only have 8 to 10ft of cement left in the water and it's only mid July. 
 
I don't advise I/O units to have their lower unit down all the way getting out and away from the dock.  Deeper water and the drop off are only about 50ft away from the end of the dock.  The buoys are sitting in around 12-18ft of water.  On the west side of the dock, the water depth is pretty much 4ft deep at the end, then gradually shallows up towards shore.  Note: North winds wreak havoc getting in and out and for the top of every wave, there is also a bottom that generally reduces clearance to the bottom by as much as it raises it.  Southwest and west winds, blow you away from the dock when coming in and there isn't a lot of wiggle room if you drift off towards the rock jetty.  Have a canopy or side curtains up?  Best to have a dock hook on board. Canopies are simply big sails & one good gust can throw you several feet in an instant.

Larger boats are getting in, just know that it's still shallow.  It looks like we are about 10 inches below where we started opening weekend.
At the end of the dock, metal tabs stick out above the water (they would connect to another section of dock if needed as the water starts dropping off about 30ft beyond the current installation so be careful pulling your boat around to the other side of the dock or pulling straight in in the wind. There are bumpers on the pipes, but the metal can still produce nasty scratches if you aren't careful or the wind and wave action are causing problems.  Also, the dock pipes along side have bumpers slid over them which helps prevent damage to boats pulling in, but note that they are located outside the dock so when pulling in, be sure nothing is sticking out of your boat such as leaving rod holders on the boat or rods propped up and be very careful guiding downriggers around them.  Some bow mounted electric trolling motors could also get caught when coming in when windy.  Boats whose running lights are side mounted will also catch the pipes, so be sure you don't tear one off on a hard landing in the wind or moving your boat up or down the dock.  I know I will be replacing one of mine before the season ends already....perhaps before the week ends if I don't have larger screws.
There is still a bottom rise or shoal in the launch lane about mid-way down the dock. It is not problematic at this time. The marina folks did a good job of maintaining a launching channel last year but by November boats over 20ft long were having difficulty. We hope to retain our nearly 6 inches of water through the summer evaporation and into fall to keep us launching most all boats through the season. It will be very similar to last season’s launching with a few bonus inches of water if we don't see an extremely hot windy summer and increased evaporation. We should get through ok. 
I don't advise power loading your boat on the trailer at this time.  The thrust from your prop or jet blows out the sand at the end of the cement causing a step to form which will eventually cause damage to trailers.  The prop wash pushes the sand and fine gravel  out from the cement and drops it on top of the shoal that starts about halfway down the dock.  The shoal ends up about a foot shallower than the rest of the channel and repeated power loading will eventually lead to a rise of the shoal & the need for blowing it out to keep a launch channel.  You can also screw up your prop and lower unit if you aren't careful and take note that while you are power loading you are pumping all that grit through your impellor and water pump which can put a lot of wear in a short period of time....and pretty soon you see your temp gage rise a bit and eventually just a dribble out of the pee tube.  Why take chances and why cause damage.  We still can't afford to have things screwed up.  Stirring up a massive amount of dirt and a large dirty plume in the lake is also frowned upon.  We know it doesn't matter to some visitors as why would they care if they have finished their vacation.  Those of us that launch all season are the ones that pay for the damaged caused by a few. 

Spalding' ramps were notorious for loading up the channel when we could launch at the new marina and the dredging only lasted for half of one season and half of the next.  99% of the problems came from power loading boats where the bottom was mud.  Be thankful we have sand and gravel down at the south end low water ramp.
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The springs (since closing the Bly Tunnel valve) are probably capable of adding 5-6 inches to the lake without local moisture which buys a month of evap in summer....good for about a foot of water per year that was drained off the lake for decades.  Every inch still counts and we are still 14ft below our prime elevation and several feet below launching at the ramps at Stones and Spalding this year.
 
Lassen National Forest has NO PLANS FOR IMPROVING LAUNCHING CONDITIONS.  PERIOD.  END OF STORY  
 
See the 2016 ALL EAGLE LAKE, ALL THE TIME  photos since January.  See progression of the lake.
 
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Eagle Lake Guardians are now donating to Pine Creek Restoration projects to help prevent an endangered or threatened species listing of our trout.  You can help by going to Eagle Lake Guardians and making a donation.  The faster it is funded, the faster we can get the job at hand done.  I also believe that CDFW's 27% off the top of any donations to the state Fish and Wildlife is too much of the public's money for administrative costs.  Perhaps that's why they are in bed with other nonprofits.  Eagle Lake Guardians have donated  $23,500 to go to Pine Creek Restoration projects which include studies needed before we can get water back into the creek.  The current organism study we are trying to fund has to be done before the brook trout can be eliminated.  YES, DFW should foot that bill due to the fact that THEY planted the brook trout in the first place.  But that isn't how it works.

TOTAL DONATED TO DATE FOR PINE CREEK STUDIES AND RESTORATION IS $23,500!! 
IF YOU CAN'T SAY YOUR HELPING, THEN DONATE TO THOSE WHO ARE!!
 
AS OF 4-9-16 A GRAND TOTAL OF $23,500 HAS GONE DIRECTLY TO PINE CREEK!!  THE SOONER WE CAN PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR A FEW STUDIES, THE SOONER WE GET WATER CHANNELED BACK INTO PINE CREEK.  EAGLE LAKE GUARDIANS ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO SAVING EAGLE LAKE.
 
 
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We volunteer so the lake and trout can receive 100% of your donations.  
    
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