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.
Lassen National Forest has no plans of repairs or maintaining the only launch ramp to serve Eagle Lake at this time. Although you have all done well at calling in and THAT's getting attention so thank you all. Minions are doing their best. I seriously doubt I will be launching much longer and if nothing is done about the drop off the end of the cement, I refuse to intentionally cause damage to my trailer/boat just because that's what USFS wants....after all, that would keep local boat mechanics rolling in dough. North winds will change everything.
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. Hopefully, they can take care of this locally but we are prepared to allow the public to inudate Washington DC USDA. Pathetic lack of action or concern.
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. One thing I have learned by living up here for 27 years, through one good El Nino & one predicted that barely grazed us, is that nothing about the weather is normal. I will believe it if I see it. Until then it's just propaganda. I am always prepared after the last big on in 92/93. We met that one with only a couple of snow shovels & 4 chains for the 4x4. So over the last number of years we have acquired just about every piece of equipment we need to meet another and haven't had to use it. As much as I want to say we will get lots of water this year, even 5ft won't pull us out of the drought or make Spalding or Stones Landing ramps usable, but it would go far for launching at the current single lane low water ramp. If anything has killed business up here, the single lane and long wait times on weekends and holidays have kept some folks away. But it's good to see that we have a good "die hard" population of visitors....and by the way, over the last 5 years, we have picked up less litter along the shorelines so you guys are all doing great in that respect too!!
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. Had Eagle Lake Guardians donated their $17,500 to CDFW the state would have taken $4725.00 for absolutely nothing. CDFW biologists are dragging their feet the best they can!