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.
2016 EAGLE LAKE LAUNCH RAMP PHOTOS. Only one single lane ramp serves Eagle Lake at Gallatin Marina. Spalding and Stones Landing remain high and dry. We only have the one single lane ramp to serve the entire lake. Photos are in the ramp album for all to see. DO NOT FISH OFF THIS DOCK.
12-4-16: The dock was still in the water on 12-1at the low water ramp but we can expect it to be pulled any day. Access is good. Gravel exposed. Cold front coming in this week and we could see single digit temps if not a tad below zero up north here.
When temperatures drop into the teens and single digits, boats launched daily, even every other day, can freeze to carpeted trailer bunks, especially if towed. Especially if there is any snow or moisture on the roads getting here. Doubtful if you need to get your vehicle rear tires off the end of the cement to get your boat off the trailer. If your boat doesn't float off the trailer, stop and wait a few seconds. Most boats can easily float the trailer they are on so watch for trailer sway but don't keep backing down. After the flat rocks at the end of the cement, it drops off on firm sand and plenty deep enough in the hole to float most boats off the trailers. Teflon, plastic or nylon bunks don't generally have the same icing problems with cold temps as carpeted bunks do when wet.
I/O units should keep trimmed up while getting to the 4 to 5 ft of water which is about 10 to 15 ft from the end of the dock. After that it drops pretty quick. We are still getting in most all boats that fish here but we are getting down there but I think most of us will make it through November.
Don't park down at the turn around for the ramp, even if the dock is removed and start tying your boat down. People still launch until things ice up or the season ends. Big trucks & long trailers don't always have the turning radius in order to back their trailer down with vehicles stopped on the road in or in the turn around. The place for unstrapping and strapping up is above in the parking lot NOT ON THE RAMP ACCESS. There is one spot for loading and unloading kayaks or tubes or gear or for law enforcement. That is on the left side looking down from the top, but leave enough room for big trucks to turn around & everyone will get in just fine. Even in December after the courtesy dock is removed, boats still launch until the water freezes over. If there is snow on the road, it's been known to be shoveled out by those wanting to launch and back down from the top. In other words, it remains a ramp, not a parking place.
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 15ft below our prime elevation and several feet below launching at the ramps at Stones and Spalding this year.
Lassen National Forest has NO PLANS FOR IMPROVING LAUNCHING CONDITIONS. PERIOD. END OF STORY. PRESS RELEASE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. As usual, long on promise, short on delivery.