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Pine Creek still flowing but flow reducing. It began on 3-14. Flow picks up a little after a storm but mostly just a minor flow. Lake elevation up slightly, almost, but not quite 3/4″ which is about the same as the amount of moisture in the last snowfall.
As of 4-19, 1300 fish have entered the trap at Pine Creek. DFW is now pretty much done with egg collection. Water temps rising and a lot fewer fish in the system now. This is normal as it is now considerably late in the spawning season.
Papoose, Merrill and the small tributaries along highway 139 are considered negligible when it comes to causing a rise in the lake elevation. But all in all, any flow, anywhere is better than nothing, no matter how long it lasts. Cleghorn still had a trickle on 4-20, but not reaching the lake.
The photo gallery has all the old albums in it so you have a historical reference as to the lake, ramps and when things happened like the low water ramp building and when the last time the old Gallatin Ramp and Harbor were usable.
I HAVE MET WITH TU REGARDING SOME ISSUES IN THE DRAFT PLAN THAT DIDN’T FIT IN WITH SAID RESTORATION.
HERE IS THE CONSERVATION PLAN TO RESTORE THE NATIVE SPAWN OF EAGLE LAKE TROUT, RESTORE PINE CREEK AND RESTORE AND MAINTAIN THE GENETICS! WORK HAS ALREADY BEGUN AND DFW HAS MADE CHANGES IN HOW THEY MANUALLY COLLECT AND FERTILIZE EGGS. USFWS DETERMINATION SHOULD BE OUT BY THE END OF THE MONTH.
CHRISTIE DAY USE AREA HANDICAP RAMP TOWARDS THE LAKE IS IN SUCH DISREPAIR THAT IT CAN HANDICAP YOU IF YOU AREN’T ALREADY IMPAIRED. THERE ARE A LOT OF TRIP HAZARDS. IT ENDS A VERY GOOD DISTANCE FROM ANY ACCESS TO THE WATER. Walk on the vegetation. There are several trails. A statement from LNF has been long requested and short on delivery. This is a very dangerous “trail” to the lake. I have been hounding USFS to get the access repaired. I was told this week that LNF is still waiting for the State Lands Commission for input and approval to repair the existing handicap access. Yep, improving existing crap needs permission even to prevent injury. LoL.
2018 LAKE ELEVATION (Pine Creek started flowing on 3-14-18)
4-21-18: 5096.18ft or Aproximately 5096ft 2 1/4″ (a fraction of an inch below the 1/4″ mark. Probably about where we are going to peak this year unless we see more local storms. Pine Creek not at a rate to keep up with evaporation at this point.
4-13-18: 5096.15 or Approximately 5096ft 1 1/2″ up about 1/4″ in 4 days after 0.30″ of moisture.
4-9-18: 5096.104FT. Approximately 5096ft 1 1/4″ which is up 1 3/4″ from 3-27.
3-27-18: 5095.96FT or 5095ft 11 1/2″ up around 1 1/4″ since 3-22 (about where we were in late July 2017)
3-22-18: 5095.82ft or 5095ft 10 1/4 inches! The lake came up around 2 1/4″ in the last two days of the storm event which dropped 3.85″ of moisture in 48 hours!! WooHoo! Unofficial but measured using intelligence, stationary markers and a real measuring stick. LoL.
3-20-18: 5095.66ft or approximately 5095ft 8″. Unofficial measurement at the Spalding ramp and there was a light wind blowing at the time. So we are up around 4 inches since mid January. Better than being down from January. LoL About 1 ft to go to reach 2017 high level of 5096.7ft
1-16-18: 5095.38: approximately 5095ft 4 inches. Unofficial measurement, but a starting place for 2018.
2017 LAKE ELEVATION
9-24-17 5095.26ft, losing .6in per week. 1.47ft lower than it’s highest elevation as per Doc Bateson.
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).
7-15-17: As per Doc’s measurement the lake elevation is 5096.07ft; 7/8″ above 5096ft. It has dropped 3 inches in two weeks and up to 1 1/2″ per week evaporation. This is actually normal evap for this time of year. Going to be a long summer.
7-2-17: As per Doc’s measurement the lake elevation is 5096.32ft and it is dropping 1.33 inches per week.
6-23-17: As per Doc Bateson the lake elevation is 5096.479ft. It has lost 2.65″ since May 20. Now that Pine Creek and other tributaries are no longer flowing into the lake we will begin to see our evaporation pick up a bit.
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.
5-20-17: As per Doc Bateson the lake elevation measured 5096.7ft
4-30-17 As per Doc Bateson’s measurement ” 5096.375′ which is 5.515′ higher than on December 3rd 2016. It has risen 1.427′ Just since March 18th.
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.
3-16-17: 5094.8′ up around 3 1/2 inches according to the markers at the Spalding ramp.
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.
2016 LAKE ELEVATION
12-3-16: 5090.86ft As per Doc Bateson. Still a few inches above last year, but still below the record.
10-20-16: 5090.866′ (after 3.03″ of rain) Without the recent rain, the lake would have been where it was last year. So we didn’t keep the 6″ of water we had ovre last year. Only the rains brought it up. Bly Tunnel from the valve remains dry.
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
2014 LAKE ELEVATION:
9-15-14 5092.035ft. As per doc Bateson, our local doctor and scientist we are now about 1 ft above the lowest recorded lake elevation of 5091 in 1935. Note: “recorded level”.
2013 Eagle Lake Elevation:
September 2, 2013 5093.9ft; 18.5 inches lower than April 28.
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?
2012 LAKE ELEVATION
4-2-12: 5096.42 ft or 5096 ft 5 inches.
Ending Nov 2012 5093.70
2011 LAKE ELEVATION
MARCH 10, 2011 – 5096.28 UP 0.68ft up around 8″ from local winter moisture, measurement taken hours before Pine Creek flow reached the Slough.
MARCH 17, 2011 – 5096.50, UP 2 1/2 INCHES IN ONE WEEK OF FLOW
MARCH 26, 2011 – 5096.63 FT; UP 2 5/8 INCHES SINCE 3-17
MARCH 29, 2011 – 5096.66 FT
MARCH 31, 2011 – 5096.70 FT
APRIL 4, 2011 – 5096.76 or 5096 ft 9 inches.
APRIL 9, 2011 – 5096.86 FT or 5096ft 101/4 inches.
APRIL 14, 2011 – 5096.90 ft
APRIL 19, 2011 – 5096.98 ft. Up 0.08 ft in 5 days…or around 1 inch.
APRIL 24, 2011 LAKE ABOVE 5097 FT! @ 5097.168 (almost but not quite a seven) UP A LITTLE OVER 2 INCHES IN 5 DAYS! INCLUDING A LITTLE OVER ½ INCH OF LOCAL MOISTURE SINCE FRIDAY MORNING! UP 10 ¾ INCHES SINCE PINE CREEK BEGAN FLOWING!
APRIL 27, 2011 – 5097.28FT! or 5097 ft 3 3/8 inches.
MAY 1, 2011 5097.34 FT or 5097 ft 4 1/16 inches; up 5/8 inches
MAY 4, 2011 – 5097.39 FT or approximately 5097 ft 4 13/16 inches…a little over ¾ inch.
MAY 7, 2011 – 5097.44 FT Or 5097 ft 5 ¼ inches.
MAY 16, 2011 – 5097.44 FT. NO CHANGE IN LAKE ELEVATION FROM 5-7-11. One and a quarter inches more water than last year means it is still going to be a bad year for the lake level.
MAY 21, 2011 – 5097.49 FT up 5/8 inches since May 16. Coincides very closely to the amount of local moisture in the last 5 days. Due to heavy winds that haven’t stopped long enough to get an accurate elevation we have not taken one. However, we can tell you that we are still pretty much the same and still well below the 5098 ft elevation.
MAY 30. 2011 – 5097.59, up around 5/8 inch in 9 days. Again, coinciding with the amount of local precipitation. We aren’t gaining and we aren’t losing at the current flow rate of Pine Creek. We have now just officially reached the 2 ft mark since the lowest lake elevation in Nov 2010.
JUNE 12, 2011 – 5097.68 ft from 5097.59 ft on May 30. Increase of around 1 inch (for elevation in inches it is 5097 ft 6 7/8 inches). We also had over an inch of precipitation fall in the basin in the last 10 days.
JUNE 24, 2011 – 5097.57 ft from 5097.68 ft June 12. That translates into inches as down nearly 1 3/8 inches in 12 days.
JULY 5, 2011 – 5097.46 from 5097.57 on June 24. That translates to 5097 ft 5 ½ inches. Down 1 ¼ inches in 10 days. Average daily humidity as been 13%.
JULY 18, 2011 – 5097.23 Ft from 5097.46 ft on July 5th. Down around 1 3/8 inches in 13 days which levels out at 5097 ft 2 ¾ inches.
JULY 24, 2011 – 5097.15 FT from 5097.23 ft on July 18. Down 3.96 inches since July 4 as per Doc Bateson.
AUGUST 4, 2011 – 5097 ft from 5097.15 ft on July 24. About 1 ¾ inch drop in elevation.
AUGUST 8, 2011 – 5096.97 FT from 5097.0 4 days ago
AUGUST 12, 2011 – 5096.86 ft shot from doc B. Average weekly evaporation of 1.23 inches per week which doc says is better (lower) than last year at the same time.
AUGUST 24, 2011 – 5096.68 FT. Down from 5096.86 ft 12 days ago.
AUGUST 30, 2011 – 5096.56 FT. Down around 1 ½ inches in last 6 days
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 – 5096.45FT, Down around 1 3/8 inches in the last 7 days.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 – 5096.34 FT. Or 5096ft 4 1/8 inches.
OCTOBER 14-11 5096.18 or 5096 ft 2 1/8 inches
2010 LAKE ELEVATION:
May 16, 2010 – 5097.36 feet;
October 30, 2010 was 5095.60 feet.
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