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Eagle Lake Campgrounds and Recreational Sites
Off Hwy 36 Near Susanville,

USDA Forest Service
Management Unit:
Eagle Lake Ranger District
Lassen National Forest
55 South Sacramento Street
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-2157

  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
  • Ampitheater
  • Boat Launch
  • Site Fee
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Tent Camping
  • Fishing
  • Lookout Tower
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing Area
Welcome to Eagle Lake Ranger District. This area of Lassen National Forest has many opportunities for discover. The most well known area, Eagle Lake, is the second largest natural lake in California. Fishing, boating, water-skiing, sailing are just a few of the activities available on this picturesque lake.

Eagle Lake was once part of Ancient Lake Acapsukate until a volcanic flow altered the landscape by blocking off an old outlet to Lake Lahontan. Known as a closed basin, one without a drainage channel, It has caused the water to be highly alkaline. Eagle Lake trout (subspecie of rainbow trout) are found only in Eagle Lake. This native trout have adapted to survive and thrive in these highly alkaline waters, where other species have failed.

Facilities and services at Eagle Lake include: 5 Campgrounds with 325 Campsites; Picnic areas and shallow water swimming beach; 2 Group Campgrounds; RV Dump Station; Marina; 2 Boat Launches; Mooring; Grocery & Gas; Boat Rentals; Jet Ski Rentals; Fishing Supplies; Licenses; Bike Rentals and Laundry & Showers.

Antelope Lookout (7,681 ft. elevation) - This 15-mile drive from County Road A-1 and Eagle Lake, is a steep, narrow and windy tour. This lookout, dedicated in 1978, is unique in that it was the first solar powered lookout in the United States. The spectacular view includes Lassen Peak, Mt. Shasta, Eagle Lake, and western Nevada.

Pine Creek Fish Trap - Pine Creek drains into Eagle Lake and has been used as a fish trap for many years. It's located just outside Spalding Tract on Pine Creek, one mile upstream from Eagle Lake. Each year the California Fish and Game traps Eagle Lake trout here for egg taking purposes. The eggs are developed at Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery for replanting in Eagle Lake and elsewhere in Northern California.

Eagle Lake Amphitheater - located adjacent to Merrill Campground. Check the Summer Events calendar to find out what might interest you. How about a junior ranger hike or evening campfire program? Many educational opportunities for the young and old alike are available at Eagle Lake.

Osprey Overlook - A close up view of an Osprey nest and a chance to watch an Osprey in flight. Telescopes were recently installed, a view you do not want to miss! A great photo opportunity of Eagle Lake. Educational displays about ospreys and bald eagles enhance your visit.

Dow Butte Historic Lookout - Located in the Eagle Lake Marina area is this historical relic. Enjoy the actual life of a lookout & discover how forest fires are detected.

Eagle Lake Trail - Discover the paved 5 mile all access trail along Eagle Lake. Try out those new rollarblades, or walking shoes. Get out and get energized! You'll view nature at its best. Discover the dancing Western Grebe, White Pelican soaring across the lake or Bald Eagles dipping in the lake for a tasty trout snack.

Spalding Cabin - Located near Spalding Tract, Eagle Lake and recently restored, is a fine example of the early life of homesteader John Spalding in the 1890's.

Gallatin House - built on the shores of Eagle Lake at the turn of the century. It was the first private residence built at Eagle Lake. It is now home to Camp Ronald McDonald for disabled or disadvantaged children.

Gallatin Beach is a popular site on the south end of Eagle Lak

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