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After the last good rain and most tributaries flowing we are now about 7-8 inches above last years low water. As per Doc Batesons measurements on 2-11-17 he lake has come up around 2 1/2 ft since low water 2016 (a few inches higher by 2-18 and almost 2" of moisture on 2-20 are starting to add up) but we still have to come up a couple more feet before we can even consider Spalding ramps being usable by larger boats early this season. (photos up in gallery). Cement was added but didn't do much for the shallow channel leading out to the lake. We still need to clear the channel before we can access the lake, we could get boats in the water, it was the shallow channel that ended launching for me. We lose approx 2.2 ft of water a year. So we were right on when stating we need 4 to 5 ft of water for limited launching in Spalding from last years low water. Hopefully flow keeps coming in but we are still a long way away, in spite of the creeks flowing, the lake is slow to come up. Don't expect to see a total recovery even with the most recent storms...13 ft of water is well away from a biblical deluge. I cant tell you how many people think the lake will be full....well, we know what it takes to even get half the water we need for that & it isn't there but keep dreaming, 13 ft of water is a lot to ask for. But we are glad to see the water gradually coming up. The ground is still frozen so water has no place to go but down to the lake so we have a lot of standing water right now. South and west winds drive water up into the shallow bays so it can look like it's close to the highway or filling Bucks Bay occasionally, but once it settles down, the water recedes. The south basin elevation drops by as much as the north basins rise during heavy winds. We did see heavy winds this week which pushed a lot of the ice off the northern basins...just a small amount remains. Do we have an additional 2 to 3 ft of water to come? I don't think so but would love to be proven wrong by Mother Nature. Once the storms pass and the creeks begin to settle down, the rise of the lake becomes slow. At the trap in Spalding, we know that flow has to be above 5 on the gauge just to keep up with evaporation so it can be deceiving by looks. So my advise is not to get too excited just yet. The first ramp lost was Stones Landing and we had Spalding for two years after that. Even if we get two more feet of water, most big boats (prop drives) will be paddling out to the lake if they can get off a trailer. My 19ft jet craft 115 yamaha draft needs 31 inches to the keel. Jets will still be pumping mud/silt. So keep doing your rain dance. We aren't there just yet. I will post photos of the Spalding ramps so people can have a visual they can relate to. Hold on, we still have a couple months to go. March can be a good month but generally by mid to late April we see things taper down a bit.
AS PER MEETING AT EAGLE LAKE RANGER DISTRICT ON 10-27 THERE ARE NO PLANS (ZIP, NADA, NOTHING) TO IMPROVE LAUNCHING FOR 2017 SEASON. Fortunately, more water than last year although we will most likely still all be launching down south. Handicap access is also a problem.
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NO HANDICAP FISHING, BEACH OR LAUNCHING 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, 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.
We will have to wait until spring before we know how good or bad launching will be. At this time USFS LNF has no plans on improving launching or accesses to the lake. Spalding still needs a few feet of water.
The springs (since closing the Bly Tunnel valve) are probably capable of adding 5-6 inches to the lake over winter 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 13ft below our prime elevation and several feet below launching at the ramps at Stones and Spalding this year.
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.
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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