Ramp Conditions

6-19-17
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SERVICE FOR JAY FAIR BEGINS AT SPALDING MARINA SATURDAY JUNE 24 AT 10:30am.  BRING A CHAIR AND WATER.  IT WILL MOVE TO THE LAKE NEAR THE AIRSTRIP IN SPALDING SO BE PREPARED.  JAY FAIR Jr AND FAMILY WILL BE AT THE RV PARK ON THE 22ND.  AN INFORMAL GATHERING IN THE EVENING OF FRIDAY JUNE 23 AT THE RV PARK, THEY SHOULDN'T BE HARD TO FIND.  EVERYONE IS INVITED TO SHARE STORIES AND ANY PHOTOS.  
 
 
Kayakers:  No matter where you launch, be sure keep an eye on the wind speed and direction posted for the days you go out.  You don't want to be caught an hour paddle away from where you launched if winds pickup over 10mph.  Our wind comes up quick when it comes up, regardless of direction predicted.  NOAA link on weather has been pretty accurate.
 
GALLATIN LOW WATER RAMP:  Good to go all season.  Little to no waiting today.  Weekdays are much quieter than weekends.  But it's in good shape.  The courtesy dock in the water this year is the step down.  It's better having the pipes inside so they don't catch side lights or downriggers and makes it easier to get in and out of a boat before stepping up on the dock, but the lower height can beat the heck out of your boat so be sure to use bumpers. It's also a longer reach to the cleets with a boat hook when the winds are howling.  Catch 22, can't have it all.  All in all it's been fine and no trouble.  No fee launch.

Kayaks have limited availability.  It's a shorter romp thru the grass now off the old Aspen Ramp.  Christie too but don't try to use the plastic handicap access walkway.  It's a mess. Getting a craft down to the water isn't the hard part, getting it back up hill several hundred feet is.  No maintained handicap access either.  Kayaks have every right to use the low water ramp just like any other boat.  I would suggest unloading in the small parking/loading spot so rigs could still turn around and launch boats and to take your craft to the jetty side of the ramp rather than the ramp itself so boats can still get in and out of the water.  Since LNF replaced boulders accessing the gravel bar to the west side of the courtesy dock, kayaks can no longer be dragged or hauled to the gravel bar...not a smart move so kayaks now have to use the ramp area.  Oh well, not the kayakers problem.  You can't help but to tie up the ramp and have every right to launch there.  I suggest getting a kayak to the water from the cement ramp and floating it towards the gravel bar on the jetty side of the ramp. If it's your turn in line, just do it.  Most angler kayaks are over 60lbs, Hobie peddle drives start out at 125lbs.  Not easy to carry or drag on kayak carts over boulders so launch ramps can often be your only choice.  There is no other launch area for kayaks and they have become quite popular up here.  So do what ever it takes to get it in the water.  With no other options, you can not be denied access at access areas.
 
GALLATIN MARINA:  A long way to go before launching will be feasible.  Might see the rental boats able to float inside the jetty for a while this season, but launching any boats doesn't appear to be doable.  There is a little water now inside the jetty, just not enough yet.  As per the marina it has several grebe nests in the standing tules.  That's awesome!! It's also a first as far as I know!!!
 
SOUTH RAMP AT SPALDING: HAS ENOUGH WATER FOR LAUNCHING EARLY THIS SEASON, BUT THE WEEDS ARE PRETTY NASTY ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CHANNEL so just be careful over 4th of July weekend.   Once you get out beyond the weeds past the pipes, there is enough water to take off in, some bigger deeper motors leaving prop-wash silt trails but once in 7ft of water it was okay.  Weeds extend about 100ft beyond the last pipes marking the channel.  The channel was about 3.2 to 3.4 ft deep.  Top of the weeds reached 0.8 to 18" below the surface so big boats should trim up motors a bit or expect to remove some weeds from your prop and water pump intakes.  For docks, the depth of water over 100 YARDS (300ft) from shore was around 3ft to 3.5ft deep and the bottom was still covered with weeds.   See Photos in Ramp album and 2017 All Eagle Lake, All the Time album. Once past the weeds, the water was clearer and the further south one went it was in pretty good shape. Right now, it's a long way to where the fish are and quite a few Spalding folks are still launching at the south end of the lake. $8 fee to park or launch.

I won't be launching my big boat up here in Spalding for many reasons.  One reason is I have a big boat with a deep draft and I don't like putting my boat in a predicament for having down time on repairs.
 
NORTH RAMP AT SPALDING: Kayaks can get in and leave the main ramp for those with boats. My best advise for kayakers is launching down south since water temps are unfavorable for trout.  See Photos in Ramp albumn

STONES LANDING: Don't bother unless you just want to paddle a kayak for fun.  Don't bother fishing...no fish. No courtesy dock.

ROCKY PT:  The gravel ramp is probably doable for a few weeks for only small boats or car toppers. It will depend on trailer wheel height. Quickly rising water temps are already driving the fish to the south end depths
 
Note that if you take the CA BOATING COURSE, power loading your boat at ramps is not recommended AT ANY RAMP, ANYWHERE.    
 
 
 
SEE LAKE ELEVATIONS SINCE 2012 ON LAKE CONDITIONS PAGE.
 
 
NO HANDICAP FISHING OR BEACH ACCESS: Handicap parking at the launch ramp is further away than it was last year and not clearly marked by ADA requirements, cinder gravel for carts and wheelchairs is not compliance to ADA requirements.   Hard to walk in the loose gravel compared to the packed gravel or pavement where previous handicap parking was.  Due to noncompliance the ADA parking is not actually enforceable.  Although, you might get a note taped to your windshield, I don't believe you can actually get a citation due to lack of signage and legal mumbo jumbo.  
 
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 can easily handicap you if you aren't already.  We just make our own way down and ignore the signage regarding protecting the vegetation as it is more about having to keep from falling or tripping over the damaged trail grates due to LNF's inability to repair the existing specified trail.  If it wasn't so dangerous, we would be happy to use it.  LNF is now laying blame on the State Lands Commission before any repair of the existing handicap accessibility can be done.  So we might be waiting a long time before accidents can be prevented.  My guess is it will take a serious injury and lawsuit before it will get repaired or removed.  But, I will keep hounding them to repair existing handicap accesses and most likely will have to contact Boating and Waterways myself to get improvements.  So unless the walkway down is repaired, I suggest walking on the vegetation rather than getting tripped up and falling down, regardless of signage.  If the USFS wants to protect the vegetation from paths being made, they can fix the walkway.  We would be happy to use the walkway if it wasn't a complete hazard with great potential to cause injury.
 
   
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