Eagle Lake, California, USA

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USA - West - California - Shasta Cascade -

Eagle Lake, located in Lassen County about 15 miles north of Susanville, California, is one of the largest natural lakes within the state boundaries. At just over 24,000 acres, the lake is an ideal environment to the native osprey and Bald Eagles, from which the natural reservoir got its name. About 85% of Eagle Lake’s shoreline is publicly owned by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Most of the privately owned land remains undeveloped, but vacation rentals with spectacular lake and mountain views are available in the area.

Nationally famous for its Eagle Lake rainbow trout, fishing is one of the biggest tourist attractions. The lake’s alkaline waters are said to contribute to the size of the fish, which average about 3-5 pounds, but can reach up to a record 15 pounds. Fishing season opens every year on Memorial Day weekend and closes on New Year’s Eve. As always, make sure to have a valid California fishing license.

For outdoor lovers, Lassen Volcanic National Park is a must-see, firsthand look at the ecosystem of Northern California and the ancient battle between creation and destruction. Still-active volcanoes dot the landscape, mud pots still boil, and volcanic holes (fumaroles) still hiss with escaping steam. The last eruption was on May 22, 1915, when Lassen Peak exploded with lava, raining down ash over a 200 mile radius. During your trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park, you’ll be able to get acquainted with these powerful, fiery mountains, as you explore the mud pots, pools, and fumaroles that are sprinkled throughout the park.

Lassen Volcanic National Park welcomes you with over 150 miles of hiking trails, ranging from an easy and scenic stroll around Manzanita Lake to an arduous 5-mile trek around Lessen Peak. Many of the trails are equestrian-friendly, making the scenic trails accessible to those less able to hike long distances. At least 83 species of birds are known to live in the park, making this a favorite destination of both birders and photographers. Raptors, eagles, and other birds of prey soar high above, while color migratory birds will paint the paths below. And if Lassen Volcanic National Park truly enchants you, consider spending the night at one of the park’s campgrounds.

When the sun and volcanoes have made you long for refreshment, head back to Eagle Lake and indulge in some of the best water activities the lake has to offer. Dive into the lake for a refreshing swim, jump in a boat and jet off to explore the lake’s acreage and over 100 miles of shoreline, or don some waterskis and take a ride behind a power boat. For a change of pace, take a sail boat ride or rent a canoe to explore hidden coves. Due to strong winds that pick up in the afternoon, water recreation and fishing are most enjoyable and safest during morning hours.

While you’re at the lake, plan to spend a bit of time off-water in Lassen County, a small but bustling California community that has much to offer. Year-round activities abound, including The Children’s Fair, the Spring Home and Garden Show, the Honey Lake Motocross grounds, the Lassen County Fair, the Main Street Cruise, the Diamond Mountain Speedway,and the Susanville Symphony Society. Guests are always invited to tee off at the Diamond Mountain Golf Club, which offers fine greens and great scenery.

In the winter, lake recreation may be on hold, but the Coppervale Ski Hill is ready for visitors. Promising fun for the whole family, you’ll find a poma lift, rope tow, and a mountain that offers something for beginner and advanced skiers alike. When you’re done, warm up with some hot chocolate, remember your childhood with a snowball fight, or simply take a look around you at the beauty of a landscape blanketed in white snow.

Eagle Lake is a natural paradise, offering fun, relaxation, and learning for everyone. No matter what your preference is for a day of fun at Eagle Lake, take time to simply enjoy the scenery, the expansive lake vista and one of Eagle Lake’s spectacular sunsets. We know you’ll return time and time again.

Things to do at Eagle Lake CA

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Birding
  • National Park

Fish species found at Eagle Lake CA

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Trout

Eagle Lake CA Photo Gallery

Eagle Lake CA Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 24,000 acres

Shoreline Length: 100 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 5,098 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 92 feet

Average Depth: 10 feet

Drainage Area: 600 sq. miles

Trophic State: Alkaline

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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