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Summer Means Outdoor Fun at Eagle Lake

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Looking for a fun day in the great outdoors? Eagle Lake Recreation Area is conveniently located on the south shore of Eagle Lake just 16 miles from Susanville.

Nestled in the beauty of Lassen National Forest, it is the perfect place to get away from it all.

Facilities at the Eagle Lake Recreation area include a full service marina, five campgrounds, no-fee boat launch areas, Gallatin Beach, a 5.2-mile paved hiking and biking trail, boat storage docks and day use areas.

The Eagle Lake Recreation Area is managed by the Lassen College Foundation under a special use permit from the US Forest Service, Lassen National Forest.

The foundation operates the campgrounds and marina to fund scholarships and other assistance for Lassen Community College students.

Aptly named, Eagle Lake is a great place to view golden and bald eagles nesting. The lake is also home to the unique Osprey Overlook, a ½ mile trail near Gallatin Beach that gives a chance to view osprey nests and flight up close.

White pelicans, western grebes, great blue herons and many diving ducks feed on fish in the lake. In early spring, Canada geese, mallards, pintails and other waterfowl are especially numerous.

May to June and September through October are peak months for viewing shorebirds, waterfowl and osprey, though viewing is good through the summer.

The months of April through September are the best months for viewing bald eagles.

The marina store at the south shore of Eagle Lake

All of the Eagle Lake Recreation Area campgrounds are located right on Eagle Lake and many sites are waterfront.

The campgrounds offer a great way to experience the area providing quick access to Eagle Lake, the Marina, and the bike and hiking trail.

The campgrounds now offer RV hook-ups, tent only, large group, and other specialized camping sites – there is something to suit every camper.

For information you can call the Marina at 530-825-3454. Many of the camping sites are available for reservation by calling Reserve America at 877-444-6777 or by going to www.recreation.gov.


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