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7-16-21: Pretty solidly sitting in the mid 70’s for surface temps. Not unusual to see in July. Over some springs I showed surface temps as low as 60F. Water column tests indicate the thermocline starting to wash out and lift a bit. On the west side, still 74.4F at 20ft dropping to 70.3F at 25ft. Then steady 3/10ths of a degrees difference until 40ft. Clarity still pretty darned good. Trout mostly still being caught 17 to 23ft. Algae hasn’t been bad at all although there can be a gunky spot or drift here and there. The lake has been in really good shape this season considering what she’s looked like for the last 12 years.
Scroll down this page for a list of elevations back to 2010. We got through launching at the south end low water ramp that season but it has silted in some and we are going to have to baby it this summer. Our worst enemy for launching in gravel and silt IS PEOPLE POWER LOADING and OFF LOADING BOATS! Doing this builds up a shoal of fines that accumulate in the launch channel and create a shallow rise just beyond it. Also dislodges rocks at the end of the cement causing a deep drop off. Please note that this is detailed in the Boating and Waterways boaters card course and test. We have only one launch to serve the lake…please don’t help screw it up before it screws itself up. LoL.
Expect some unmarked natural rock piles to be closer to the surface…and some will rear their big rocks out of the water by fall. We have a lot of rock piles, some right out in what looks like the middle of the lake (in which structure can be key). Miners Pt has to be marked as it is dredger tailing’s from the old construction of the Bly Tunnel. However it has some high spots that may be very dangerous. As people have found, you go from 40-45ft of water to 5 in a heartbeat…a lot of it will be exposed by fall. Word to the wise: If you see 30ft show up on your depth finder from 45-50ft heading north in the south basin…slow down if you don’t know the rocks out in the middle. The west side from Wildcat Pt all the way to Pelican Pt will have some issues. These rock piles are natural. Some of the worst are buoyed but it’s always been pretty sparse marking on the west side. It is not required to mark every natural hazard, Eagle Lake has many even on a high water year. I have navonic’s map, but it’s just for reference out of the gate…. A professional suggestion is for Eagle Lake, don’t mark the location of the fish you catch (they move), if you’re smart, mark the high spots you stumble upon 1-10ft, 10-20ft and ledges 10 to 20ft, 20-35ft. I have over 380 high spots and single boulders marked on this lake, & I don’t have them all. Just be careful. We’ve done this before. You might be thankful for that data in the next few years or more.
During this “climate change” I have not seen our water temps rise above any high temps I have seen in all my years up here….However, our last good icing over was in 2011. The lake is generally in the mid to high 50’s on opening weekend. How long it lasts varies with the weather.
7-6-21: From Don Willis, Lassen County Surveyor: “The results of our monthly Eagle Lake measurement this morning show that the lake has dropped 0.42 ft. (5.04 in.) over the past month. This is a little over 25 inches lower than it was one year ago at this time. The elevation of the lake is currently at 5092.91 feet as measured at the low-water ramp at Gallatin. ….”
6-2-21: From Don Willis Lassen County Surveyor: …”The results of our monthly Eagle Lake measurement this morning show that the lake has dropped 0.35 ft. (4.2 in.) over the past month. This is nearly 26 inches lower than it was one year ago at this time.The elevation of the lake is now at 5093.33 feet as measured at the low-water ramp at Gallatin.
4-30-21: From Don Willis Lassen County Surveyor: “The results of our leveling this morning show that the lake has dropped 0.24 ft. (2.88 in.) over the past month. This is not good news for the month of April where an increase is typically observed. …. The elevation of the lake is now at 5093.68 feet, as measured at the low-water ramp at Gallatin. This is 2.13 ft. (25.56 in.) lower than it was one year ago at this time.” (Note: Nov 2020 elevation was 5093.74ft)
From Don Willis, Lassen County Surveyor: ….”The level was at an elevation of 5093.99 feet last month and was found to be at 5093.92 feet this month, a difference of 0.07 ft. which is under an inch. The small difference is likely due to different estimations of where the water level was thought to be by the rodperson. …..The level has only risen 0.2 feet (2.4 inches) since the beginning of January and Pine Creek is not currently flowing.”
1-4-19 Official Lassen County Surveyor Don Willis lake elevation 5094.33ft. Up 1.32″ in the last month. 10.56″ below last year at the same time. (Moisture in December in Spalding was 1.67″ as per my weather station at home)
5-1-18: Lassen County measurement 5096.12 (Peak elevation of 5096.7ft in 2017 was on May 20th)
9-4-17: 5095.41ft and lost .94″ since 8-6-17
8-6-17: EAGLE LAKE is dropping at a rate of 1.425″ per week since July 2nd. It is now at 5095.73′ and has lost 7 &1/8″ during that time (about a month).
6-2-17: As per Doc Bateson our lake elevation perfectionist; 5096ft 7 and 5/8ths inches. That’s 5096.635’ it has dropped .065’ or .78” (a little over 3/4″) in 13 days.
4-18-17 Unofficial measurement at the Spalding ramp was 5096.54ft. Winds were blowing lightly so the elevation could be slightly off. Creeks are slowing down some now so we are probably going to see a slow down of rising. Any storm passing through can have flow pick up.
4-3-17 Lassen County Official Measurement: “We made our monthly visit to Eagle Lake this morning and found that the lake has come up 1.38 feet over the past month. The elevation at the Gallatin Ramp is currently 5095.78 feet above sea level and the lake has come up 4.99 feet since November 1st of last year. It is also 3.22 feet higher than this same time one year ago.
3-29-17: 5095.64′ Measured from the elevation tags at Spalding ramp. A gain of about 2inches in 4 days. Flows in Pine Creek subsiding a little this week from last week, so we expect to see a little slower rise unless a storm passes through.
3-25-17: 5095.45ft (unofficial) Measured between the elevation plate screws at the ramp in Spalding. A gain of around 6″ from the increased flow of Pine Creek and just over an inch of rain on 3-21.
3-19-17: 5094.948 as per Doc Bateson. Up a couple inches in the last few days. We have about 5/8′ to resach 5095ft. Up a little over 4ft from our lowest water level last year and about 2 1/5ft above last years highest level. So we are doing ok, but could sure use a lot more.
3-8-17: 5094.5ft according to the markers set by Doc Bateson at the Spalding ramp. Up around a foot in the last month.
2-11-17: 5093.38FT As per Doc Bateson. 2.52ft higher than Dec 3, 2016 (which had held due to Oct/Nov rains). 18.29″ of moisture since July 1 here at the house in Spalding. So the springs were still pumping good over winter too.
7-3-16: 5092.23; almost 6″ lower than 5-30, but around 6″ higher than last year at the same time. As per Doc Bateson.
5-30-16 5092.72: as per Doc Bateson, up 1/4 inch since 5-1.
5-1-16 5092.7FT Officially as per Doc Bateson, the lake is only 5.76 inches above last year’s elevation, May 2, 2015. Expect similar conditions to last season. We still have 27 days to go. Hopefully we see more showers and hold on to that 5+ bonus inches to help get us through the season launching!
3-19-16 5092.43FT. UP 1.835FT SINCE 11-22-15. 2.52 INCHES HIGHER THAN MAY 2 2015. As per Doc Bateson’s report
2015 LAKE ELEVATION
10-18-15: 5090.61 and holding
9-30-15 5090.6 ft
8-16-15: 5091.2ft as per Doc Bateson’s measurements. We lost 2 1/2 inches in 2 weeks and are only 2.4 inches away from our lowest recorded level in 1935.
8-1-15:5091.4ft as per Doc Bateson’s measurements. We had 2.41 inches of rain in my backyard in July (2.68″ at Spalding’s sewer ponds 2 miles NW) and the south end had more than we did up north but it helped counter evaporation.
7-4-15: 5091.70ft as per doc Bateson.
6-20-15: 5091.83ft; now just 9.96 inches from our lowest recorded level in 1935. (lost approx 4″ in the last 20 days.
6-1-15: 5092.16ft now just over a foot from lowest recorded level in 1935
5-2-15: 5092.22ft as per Doc Bateson. About 1 ft 3 inches above lowest recordered level in 1935.
July 28, 2013 5094.44 ft, about 5094 ft 5 inches.
July 7, 2013 appears to be about 2-3 inches below 5095ft…. or 5094ft 9-10 inches or so. Unofficial. Going by the end of the cement at Spalding ramp being out of the water & taking chances that the end of the cement is at 5095ft elevation.
June 1, 2013 was around 5095ft 1 inch. About 6″ of cement in the water at Spalding ramp.
4-11-13 5095.5 ft (unofficial by the markers at Spalding ramp)….I guess my estimate was only 3/4 of an inch off. Not bad for a girl ehe?
Ending Nov 2012 5093.70