Ramp Conditions
5-25-17
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EAGLE LAKE GENERAL STORE IN SPALDING IS OPEN.  
TACKLE (Sure Catch Lures), GAS, DIESEL, SOME LIQUOR.  
BAR WILL BE OPEN AS WELL! 
Just getting going for the season, more stuff will come in time!! 
 
Kayakers:  No matter where you launch, be sure keep an eye on the wind speed and direction posted for the days you go out.  You don't want to be caught an hour paddle away from where you launched if winds pickup over 10mph.  Our wind comes up quick when it comes up, regardless of direction predicted.  NOAA link on weather has been pretty accurate.
 
GALLATIN LOW WATER RAMP:  Good to go all season.  Kayaks have limited availability.  It's a shorter romp thru the grass now off the old Aspen Ramp.  Christie too but don't try to use the plastic handicap access walkway.  It's a mess. Getting a craft down to the water isn't the hard part, getting it back up hill several hundred feet is.  No maintained handicap access either.  Kayaks have every right to use the low water ramp just like any other boat.  I would suggest unloading in the small parking/loading spot so rigs could still turn around and launch boats.  But, since LNF replaced boulders accessing the gravel bar to the west side of the courtesy dock, kayaks can no longer be dragged or hauled to the gravel bar.  I suggest getting a kayak to the water from the cement ramp and floating it towards the gravel bar on the jetty side of the ramp. If it's your turn in line, just do it.  Most angler kayaks are over 60lbs, Hobie peddle drives start out at 125lbs.  Not easy to carry or drag on kayak carts over boulders so launch ramps can often be your only choice.  There is no other launch area for kayaks and they have become quite popular up here.  So do what ever it takes to get it in the water.  With no other options, you can not be denied access at access areas.
 
GALLATIN MARINA:  A long way to go before launching will be feasible.  Might see the rental boats able to float inside the jetty for a while this season, but launching any boats doesn't appear to be doable.  There is a little water now inside the jetty, just not enough yet. Kayaks may get in if you carry your craft down.

SOUTH RAMP AT SPALDING:
HAS ENOUGH WATER FOR LAUNCHING EARLY THIS SEASON, BUT THE WEEDS ARE PRETTY NASTY ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CHANNEL. Weeds extend about 100ft beyond the last pipes marking the channel.  The channel was about 3.2 to 3.4 ft deep, might buy a couple extra inches depending on placement.  Top of the weeds reached 0.8 to 18" below the surface so big boats should trim up motors a bit or expect to removed some weeds from your prop.  For docks, the depth of water over 100 YARDS (300ft) from shore was around 3ft to 3.5ft deep and the bottom was still covered with weeds.  See Photos in Ramp album and 2017 All Eagle Lake, All the Time album. Once past the weeds, the water was clearer and the further south one went it was in pretty good shape.  Visibility was pretty good up to 7-8ft.  At 8ft deep plus I couldn't see the bottom.
 
NORTH RAMP AT SPALDING: Kayaks can get in and leave the main ramp for those with boats.  But a better place, closer to deeper water and where the fish are would be to launch off the gravel bar near the north end of the airstrip.  It's a long paddle to the Youth Camp...even longer paddle back if the wind picks up.  Takes a little over an hour to paddle there. So don't get caught in the wind. Hobies peddle drives can make it pretty quick and can top out at around 7mph.  Paddling at a good clip will buy you about 3 mph.  See Photos in Ramp albumn

STONES LANDING:  I don't see getting a large boat (16ft or over) even close to launching.  A small 10-12 ft boat might get in but will most likely have to push out beyond the weed line and wave terrace.  Any of the old gravel ramps along 139 are not even close to being usable yet.  I don't recommend planning on lauching there just yet. Page 2 Ramp albumn

ROCKY PT:  The gravel ramp is probably doable for a few weeks for only small boats or car toppers. It will depend on trailer wheel height. Quickly rising water temps are already driving the fish towards the Youth Camp and they were in no less than 7 to 8 ft of water already on 5-10.  Water temps are rising quickly, driving fish to deeper water off the Youth Camp.  We are predicted to have a seasonably warm week before opening day, so I expect to see surface temps rise even higher.
 
BY FALL WE WILL SEE A LITTLE OVER 2 FT LESS WATER AND AS LONG AS PEOPLE DON'T POWER LOAD THEIR BOATS, THE CHANNELS AND RAMP IN SPALDING SHOULD STAY DEEP ENOUGH FOR A LITTLE WHILE.  Note that if you take the CA BOATING COURSE, power loading your boat at ramps is not recommended AT ANY RAMP, ANYWHERE.    SEE PHOTOS
 

I have no plans on attempting to launch my big boat in Spalding, simply to save myself work and maintenance on my motor and water pump.   I believe that you have a choice to do what you want, considering my bad back, the last thing I want to do is have to figure out how to get a massive amount of weeds off my prop before taking off in 4ft of water out from the channel.  Steering 400lbs of motor in a raised position isn't easy and hard on equimpment. The worst part would be seizing my motor in the wind and drifting into shallow muck. Second worst is sucking up all the crunchy critters and wearing out my empellor.  But, I would rather not have the boat in a shop being repaired.  It's about not having down time to me.  
 
I'm already hearing from people who plan on putting docks in the water.  Note that it was barely over 3 ft deep and weedy at 300ft from shore on May 10th.  There are limitations on how far out a dock can go so if you plan on putting a dock in, be sure to read the regulations set by State Boating and Waterways.   Getting them out in fall will be the tough part when we lose 2+ft of water.  Good Luck on docking and getting out to the lake and be sure to keep an eye on your water pumps if you're stirring up a lot of mud and muck.  It's ruthless on empellors and water pump tubing. 
 
SEE LAKE ELEVATIONS SINCE 2012 ON LAKE CONDITIONS PAGE.
 
 
 
 
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 and ignore the signage regarding protecting the vegetation as it is more about having to keep from falling or tripping over the damaged trail grates due to LNF's inability to repair the existing specified trail.  If it wasn't so dangerous, we would be happy to use it.  LNF is now waiting on the State Lands Commission before any repair of the existing handicap accessibility can be done.  So we might be waiting a long time before accidents can be prevented.  But, I will keep hounding them to repair existing handicap accesses and most likely will have to contact Boating and Waterways myself to get improvements.  So unless the walkway down is repaired, I suggest walking on the vegetation rather than getting tripped up and falling down, regardless of signage.  If the USFS wants to protect the vegetation from paths being made, they can fix the walkway.  We would be happy to use the walkway if it wasn't a complete hazard with great potential to cause injury.
  
 
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