Ramp Conditions
5-1-16
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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.  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.  Expect similar conditions to last year and I don't think we will escape having our trailer wheels drop off the end of the cement this summer.  We will get through the season similar to last year and hope to hold that 5+ inches of water till opening weekend.  If we are lucky, this October launching will be similar to Sept 2015.  I will measure from the dock in mid May and post the depths vs depths last year.   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 flow, but not at a rate to raise the lake, but at least counter some evaporation.  Passing rain showers will help keep what we have.  But once the showers pass, we will be at the mercy of the wind and warmer temps. 
 
Unless we get more heavy storms passing through, this is about 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.  Lassen National Forest has NO PLANS FOR IMPROVING LAUNCHING CONDITIONS.  PERIOD.  END OF STORY.   

By November 2015 we had run out of water to launch most boats over 18ft long.  A few jet boats on low slung river trailers did ok....tying boats to the cleets of the dock and pulling the trailer out from under them was one method that worked for some.  However, I don't advise doing that.  Small boats were fine & we gained about 2 inches of water in December that kept the small boats doing ok.  The drop off the end of the cement was very hard on boat trailers and tires after repeated launching....having a custom welder in the family has been a necessity.  Gallatin Road in to the marina has caused quite a bit of damage to my boat trailer, mainly due to repition regardless of how slow I take the bumps.

See the 2016 ALL EAGLE LAKE, ALL THE TIME  photos since January.  See progression of the lake.
 
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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.
 
We have not had a heavy winter by any means.  Better than the last few years, but we aren't even close to having the lake saved by El Nino....El Nino has missed us.   One thing I have learned by living up here for 27 years, through one good El Nino in 1993 & one predicted in 1995 that barely grazed us, is that nothing about the weather is normal.  I will believe it if I see it. Just getting by with several extra inches of water over last season, is better than last year, but it will begin to evaporate this summer & at that point it will be similar to launching last season.  We will see sand shift in with the north winds and we will see the shoal build up over time.  Surely, the minions will do their best at maintaining that later towards fall.   I am always prepared after the last big one in 92/93...THAT was the year we got all the water as it is printed on the back of the 35mm photos of drifting Pine Creek at record flows that even caused flood damage at the egg collection facility trap in Spalding, despite what the official records show....there wasn't any watermaster at that time to measure anything so it was simply manipulated to indicate when and what they wanted to see.  Just ask anyone in Spalding who lived through it....we laugh at the lake elevation charts and discuss it all the time.  Like the county thinks we are all stupid...let them think that, we know what they did...we all know it was totally manipulated by the county....the funny thing is how many "educated" people think it's correct.  Then all the studies and documents are, well, incorrect and no one knows it but the few of us that will eventually die off.  Then the false information becomes truth.  We met that year with only a couple of snow shovels & thankfully 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.  
 
If anything has killed business up here, the single lane and long wait times on weekends and holidays have kept some folks away.  I try not to fish on the weekends or holidays unless I'm in my tube or kayak & give s
omeone else that has traveled a long way to get here my spot in line.  If my friends can only make it up on a weekend, I do launch, but they know how long it can take too....not as long to wait to get in the water  early in the morning, but try to come back in to take out when the wind comes up and everybody hits the dock and ramp at the same time while others are trying to get a boat in the water, others are trying to get out....I have waited on the water for 1 1/2 hours bouncing in 3 ft waves just to load my boat & get home. 

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.

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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