Eagle Lake is a natural lake, no dam, no water exports. It is located in Lassen County approximately 15 miles north of Susanville, Ca at an elevation of 5098 feet. Driving time from Sacramento is about 5 hours and about 2 1/2 hours from Reno, Nv.
Eagle Lake averages 15 miles long and 2-2 1/2 miles wide. It is an alkaline body of water and is the only watershed that supports the native Eagle Lake Trout, although Eagle Lake Trout have been successfully planted in numerous other bodies of water.
Eagle Lake Trout grow to large size quickly. A three year old fish will run 18-19 inches, sport beautiful rainbow colors, and weigh in at 2 1/2 to 3 pounds. Many 4 lb fish are landed each season. Decent numbers of 5 and a few 6 lb fish are landed from October through December.
Besides fishing, there is sightseeing, hiking, and bird watching available at Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake is home to Osprey, Bald Eagles, and White Pelicans. It is surrounded by tall pines in its southern basin and Junipers and sage in the middle and northern basins. If you are into water sports, that too is available at Eagle Lake. Fishing is best in the morning and early morning hours at Eagle Lake so the lake is often uncrowded in the afternoons for water sports enthusiasts.
There are no burger or pizza joints at Eagle Lake. There are two general stores, however, where you can find fishing tackle, groceries, and fuel:
Gallatin Marina Store 530-825-3454
Eagle Lake RV Park Store 530-825-2131