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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.
2016 EAGLE LAKE LAUNCH RAMP PHOTOS. It will be doable, but wont be pretty by the end of the season. Photos of 2015 May and 2016 April showing the cement anchor at the low water ramp for reference for lake elevation. We are up a little from last year when looking at the cement anchor and rocks. The lake is only 5.76 inches above where it was last year at this time. The elevation was measured at 5092.7ft on May 1st. We gained a few feet of cement on the ramp which will help when launching larger boats for a while and we hope to hold onto that 5+ bonus inches until opening weekend and hopefully through the season compared to last year. The depth of the water in the launch lane along side of the dock is pretty much 3 to 4 ft deep for the last 2/3rds of the 100ft long dock. The end of the dock measured solidly 4+ft deep (38" to 42" last year). Don't drift or drive towards the rock jetty where a couple of rocks are under the surface and it shallows up quickly. On the west side of the dock, the water depth is pretty much 4ft deep at the end, then gradually shallows up towards shore. Looks good for opening weekend. 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. Good to go for now.
Expect similar conditions to last year with a few inches more water to spare. I don't think we will escape having our trailer wheels drop off the end of the cement this summer and fall. We will get through the season with just a little to spare compared to last year. If we are lucky, this October/Nov launching will be similar to August/Sept 2015. So far, no miracle, just lucky to get back what we lost last season plus a few bonus inches, but now evaporation is going to be kicking in. Pine Creek continues to dribble, but not at a rate to raise the lake or counter evaporation right now....a good storm will help & we could see one in the next couple of days. After that, it won't be long before flow under the bridge in Spalding ceases.
Unless we get more heavy storms passing through, the lake is as high as we are going to get this season. 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. But the north basins look much better now than they did last year. The water is now over the grass line from two years ago, but still a way to go for any tules which remain browned out and layed down. 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.
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.
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 totaly 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.
No officer or board member takes a salary or any payments from Eagle Lake Guardians.
We volunteer so the lake and trout can receive 100% of your donations.
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