Ramp Conditions 7-2-15
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Val's Selection of the basic colors of Eagle Lake trolling and float tubing flies available in an 8 pak at Eagle Lake Marina during the season and AND ONLINE HERE ARCTIC FOX HAS BEEN WORKING WITH ME ON A NEW SERIES OF TROLLING AND TUBING FLIES THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.
The General Store in Spalding will be open July 4th!! Come by & visit!!
South Shore Grill is open again this season! Great burgers, breakfast burrito's & a new chicken wrap!! Yum!! The South Shore Grill is the only place to eat at the lake again this year. We are so lucky to have such good food come from that little red wagon!! I have browsed the shelves & am quite impressed with the stock. I suggest you check the Marina store before heading into Susanville & you might just save that trip without breaking the bank. Prices are very reasonable too.
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.
The ramp is still working for most all boats. People have been the biggest problem. I am still getting my boat in just fine & can still lose a few inches of water before it gets too skinny for my boat. Just ease your boat down into the water & over the end of the last cement panel then walk your boat down the dock to the end before dropping your motor & warming up. No sense in taking foolish chances. The beginning of the drop off isn't too far & the 5 mph buoys are in nearly 30ft of water. Smaller boats don't have any problems & larger boats are doing fine for now. We will see if my neighbor can launch his pontoon this weekend. It is nearly as high off the ground as the guy who needed more water & didn't have it. The shoal remains between the cement and the end of the dock. However, it is nearly waste deep at the end of the dock. Having the cement anchor gone is helping keep the shoal from building up as fast as it had been. With ambient high temps reaching 106F, the evaporation rate increases. Our max evaporation has been around 1 1/2 inches a week, historically in July/August.
On holidays and weekends there are traffic jams when the wind picks up. No matter where one pulls up at the dock, its the truck/trailer at the ramp who is first. Generally, that person is tied up at the end of the of the dock. Other boats can't come into the dock or that boat has to get around them all if his trailer is first in line. One day I waited outside the buoys for 45 minutes to get into the dock. Which I prefer over another day when I was forced to power load over the shoal and around 3 boats & another in the way if I got blown off course...and I was simply lucky I didn't cause several thousand dollars worth of damage to my lower unit. I won't be taking that chance again. I grew up power loading, however I also don't want to cause damage to my lower unit because "that's what I HAVE to do" to keep the flow going at the ramp. I barely cleared my keel while still having to have my motor low enough to control with steering since I had to dodge several boats and pray I didn't get blown into the cement anchor buoy or into the rock jetty before landing on my trailer. That would have cost me a lot more damage had it happened. I would have no problem seeking damages & recording the incident. Perhaps no one at USFS realizes that you can't steer the boat with the motor up enough to clear the shoal.
Being that many people are mobility impaired and walking disabled and NEED to get to the dock and cannot take chances with causing damage to a boat or a body. Folks like me can't just jump off a boat while the boat backs out from the dock to wait for the driver to return with the trailer. However, this aspect is not seen by USFS when requiring drop off & back out and power load protocal when the dock is busy....at it's busiest about 15 minutes after the wind comes up. I now carry my handicap placard in my boat. If someone doesn't like the way I have to do it, too bad, deal with it as we all have to deal without handicap considerations by USFS. Hell, I have a hard enough time traversing the rock path up to the dock. I can't count the times people jam in front of the boat line & find out they are 6th in line with their vehicle and now others have to get around their boats. People need to stop and slow down & consider that other people might not be as fast or nimble as you want them to be. I have no problem if someone moves my boat up the line of the dock or further back when I am either parking or getting the truck. I take a lot less time loading my boat than 99% of others. There is more dock around. Perhaps USFS should install one loading dock for disabled people only so others don't get "water rage".
If you are planning to launch on 4th of July, be prepared for heavy traffic at the single lane ramp. Getting in the water won't be nearly as bad as trying to get out safely, especially if the wind comes up quickly. Plan on a wait. The good news is that the lake is warmed up for summer & great for swimming, water skiing and jet ski's.
I am hoping to get through July for launching & hope that we have something else to use for fall. Regardless, as the water goes down, the shoal gets nearer & it won't be long before we will be backing up a rise. But, so far, so good. Just take it easy. The shoal varies but mostly 18-22 inches deep & begins about half way down the dock. Boat traffic and wave/wind action can change things pretty quickly. It shallows right up towards the jetty from the dock so don't allow your boat to drift too close to the rocks. Don't power load or off load your boat right now. The water shallows up before it gets deeper at the end of the dock but at the end of the dock, the water is still waste deep. When the lake is choppy & winds are from the west or north, landing at the dock can get tricky. Remember, every wave has an up and down which can reduce the amount of water under your boat at the dock or coming in to it.
I do not recommend I/O units at all but I'm sure we will see some early in the season. Jet boats will probably be ok for a little while. But I expect that our 19-21 ft boats are going to run out of water sooner than later....it will depend on the wave action & mostly about the height of the shoal & how fast it builds. Right now, we can get in ok. Any boat will have to be a shallow launcher off the trailer. It won't take long before there will be a step off the end of the cement which will help getting the boat to float but eventually could damage a trailer...just ease it down & over. The marina folks try to keep it maintained so it doesn't cause any damage.
As per Doc Batesons measurements on 6-20, the lake has lost 4 inches since 6-1. Depending on timing of these measurements, wind surge of the lake can change the elevation. However, it has been windy in the afternoons and it has been dry. Generally, our more severe evaporations rates are in July and August...but our climate has been changing and anything can happen. A thunder storm can buy us back a week here and there. But at 2ft of water at the base of the cement is barely going to get my 19ft boat off the trailer but as long as I can float, I can launch....but I fear my time will run out long before the fishing season is over.
Without a solid committment from Lassen National Forest for a new low water ramp, we are going to be in a world of hurt for launching our Eagle Lake Boats (bigger and built for the heavy winds) late this summer and fall no mater how much maintenance is done....there is only so much that can be done at the current location. We hope to see some serious work beginning soon if anything will be done for fall. We certainly hope that USFS comes thru so the local economy isn't more severily impacted. If a new ramp is installed, it won't be protected, it will be bare-bones but should get us in the water. AND, since Murphy's Law seems to always apply up here. Just when we have a low water ramp & then a lower water ramp, the lake will come up! Think positively. Coming in after the wind comes up is going to be where the trouble is with the current ramp. With small waves of 1 to 2 ft we may end up grounding out before the next wave lifts the boat back up. North winds are going to be the most challenging. Motors up means less steering control and for every 1 ft up, we will see a 1 ft down. In 2 to 3 ft of water folks, that leaves us 1 to 2 ft of water in a moderate wind. Heavy winds will be tough. I expect that will be our major problem...just don't drift too close to the rock jetty. Boulders close to the surface dot the area between the ramp and the jetty. HIGHLY RECOMMEND A BOAT HOOK TO GRAB THE CLEATS OF THE COURTESY DOCK. We are all only going to get one chance at landing safely at the dock depending on heavy wind from any direction.
I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO POWER LOAD MY BOAT AT TIMES. BEING FORCED TO HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL TO CAUSE SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGE TO MY LOWER UNIT IS UNACCEPTABLE. IF REQUIRED TO DO SO BY USFS PERSONNEL WHICH RESULTS IN DAMAGE, I WILL BE FILING DAMAGES COMPLAINT & MORE THAN LIKELY HAVE A VIDEO SO THERE IS NO MISTAKE AS TO FAULT.
My intent on this website was never to make money doing so in the first place. I wanted to give people traveling here a fishing report that they could actually catch fish by (not 2-3 weeks old) and teach them how to use what they have to achieve the results so they would come back. If I did well, then Lassen County businesses would benefit. Then, I ran across the dirty little pollutions and water secrets I didn't go looking for but had to do something about regardless of what some people said. I was warned about the results, but since I never planned on making money I had nothing to lose. Lassen businesses only benefit from what I do for fun. I had nothing to lose and I still have nothing to lose which is why I can say what I see. So without information or guarantee they can launch all boats safely this summer and fall, they will make other plans elsewhere.
Personally, I will still be able to fish this lake in my tube or yak along with others that enjoy that sport....oh yeah, that access has been being decreased as well and is in some places several hundred feet up from where it has always been posted. I assume it is another way for Lassen National Forest to let you know, they really don't want you to use public land that has always provided access between Christie and Wildcat.
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.
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