Eagle Lake

Location and Directions:

S Shore, Boat Harbor Rd,
Susanville, CA 96127

     Eagle Lake is located in Lassen County, approx. 17 miles Northwest of the city of Susanville, CA. From Redding take hwy. 44 East. Approx. 10 miles before you reach Susanville, turn left on Eagle Lake Rd. (hwy. A1) and travel approx. 15 miles North to the lake.

General Info:

    Eagle Lake consists of 27,000 surface acres and has 100 miles of shoreline making it the second largest natural lake in California. Elevation is 5,100ft above sea level. The lake is open from Memorial Day weekend through Dec. 31. Tent and RV camping is available at several locations around the lake.

  • Eagle Lake Ranger District -- Lassen National Forest (530) 257-4188
  • Eagle Lake R.V. Park -- (530) 825-3133
  • Lassen National Forest Forest Supervisor (530) 257-2151
  • University Foundation -- California State University, Chico (530) 825-3212

Other lakes in the area:
Almanor Lake

Boating Info:

    There are four public launch ramps available free of charge.

  • Eagle Lake Marina (530) 825-3454
  • Mariner's Resort -- Stone's Landing (530) 825-3333

Fishing Info:

    Fishing is allowed one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Rainbow trout are stocked here by the DFG. The lake has a reputation of growing some trophy-sized trout, including many in the 3-5 pound range. Nicknamed, "Eagle Lake Trout" they are claimed to fight like steelhead and taste like coho salmon. Due to the lakes high alkaline levels, only the rainbow trout and native tui chub minnows survive here. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Comments and Tips:

     Trout can often be found "boiling" on large schools of chub minnows pushed to the surface. Kastmasters and other spoons will work well during these times. Look for flocks of birds diving on minnows near the surface.

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