Eagle Lake is a fisherman’s dream! It’s the only place in the world where you’ll find the famous Eagle Lake Trout—a rainbow variety that thrives in the high-alkaline waters of Eagle Lake, the second biggest natural lake in all of California. Legendary for its record-breaking size (10 lbs is not unusual), fast growth rate and tasty flavor, this trout is a true trophy fish. The lake can get extremely windy and rough with very little warning, so if you’re out on a fishing boat be aware of the changing conditions and head into the marina before the waters become too choppy.
Although Eagle Lake is only an hour from Lassen Volcanic Park, it is extremely isolated and generally only visited by fishermen. The shoreline goes from smooth pebbles and rough sand to black rock lava outcropping that are more reminiscent of the beaches on the North Coast than a high plateau lake.
The lake gets its name from the bald eagles that make their home there along with many waterfowl. On the south shore there is a campsite and a marina providing groceries, fishing tackle and licenses, fishing and pontoon boat rentals, and gas.
WHERE: From Susanville, head west out of town on Hwy 36. About 4 miles out of town, turn right onto Eagle Lake Road and travel 12 miles into Eagle Lake Recreation Area. (google map)
MORE INFO: Eagle Lake Ranger Station 530-257-4188; Marina 530-825-3454; Campground 530-825-3212 | EagleLakeRecreation.com