Lassen County provides vast opportunities for summer recreation
A professional wakeboarder performs a wild stunt on Emerson Lake in Susanville during last year’s Rock the Wake. This year the event will take place Saturday, June 22 and will feature more wakeboarders, more crazy stunts and one of the most impressive wakeboarding boats in existence.
Lassen County’s Eagle Lake offers fun in the sun for fishermen, boaters, swimmers, water skiers, wakeboarders and those just looking to get outdoors and enjoy some beautiful scenery. File photos
June 19 — Looking to have some fun this summer? Lassen County is the right place to get out and about and enjoy the sunshine. With an immense amount of outdoor activities and a full schedule of events planned, Lassen County residents have no excuse to be bored this summer. Take a look at some of the events taking place throughout the coming months and recreational activities available:
Anglers in Lassen County have lots of options when it comes to great fishing spots.
Eagle Lake opened its fishing season over Memorial Day weekend and, despite low lake levels, is seeing trout reeled in left and right. Located only about 16 miles outside of Susanville, Eagle Lake boasts trophy-size trout and beautiful scenery. While most famous for its trout, Eagle Lake is home to other species, such as tui chub, Tahoe sucker, Lahontan reside and speckled dace. Fishing licenses can be obtained at the Eagle Lake Marina.
Crater Lake is approximately a 50-minute drive out of Susanville and provides a smaller, more secluded environment where fisherman can enjoy reeling in rainbow trout.
Silver Lake also offers quiet and solitude for those looking to get away from it all. Silver Lake is about an hour drive out of Susanville.
Despite lake levels being low, boats are still able to launch from the ramp at Eagle Lake’s marina, allowing them the opportunity to reel in fish and enjoy sunny days on the water. Looking to get out of the boat and into the water? Eagle Lake allows swimming, wakeboarding and water skiing.
Non-motorized boats can also launch at Silver and Crater lakes. Boaters should keep in mind Silver and Crater lakes are smaller — Silver Lake is 98 acres and Crater Lake is 5 — and the boat ramps are primitive.
Bike the Bizz
From now through October 19, the Bureau of Land Management, Lassen Land and Trails Trust and members of the Susanville Area Bicycle Association are partnering to provide a shuttle to local trailheads on the first and third Saturday of each month for riders and their bikes. Along with the shuttle, the organizations are offering to support bikers in having their perfect outdoor adventure. Participants can get advice on which trails will suit their skill levels, how far specific trails will take riders and much more information on biking the local trails.
Check-in for the shuttle is at 8 a.m.
Riders can get more information or register for Bike the Bizz by calling the Lassen Land and Trails Trust office at 257-3252.
Geocaching is a recreational activity that combines technology with the great outdoors to create a thrilling adventure for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt that uses GPS devices as a treasure map.
What do you need to go geocaching? Access to the internet, a GPS device (smart phones work, but will not be as reliable as a GPS device) and a sense of adventure. Participants visit geocaching.com to obtain GPS coordinates where caches are hidden, then use their GPS device to travel to the coordinates and hunt down the cache. Usually, coordinates will lead to a general location where the cache is hidden, but participants must then hunt around to uncover the treasure.
Caches can contain prizes, which are usually not high in monetary value. If you take a prize from the cache, the rule is that you must leave something of equal value for the next person.
According to geocaching.com, there are currently more than 600 geocaches waiting to be uncovered in Lassen County.
Sports and recreation for kids
Want to get the kids off the couch and away from the TV this summer? There are several recreational events, sports camps and activities for kids to participate in.
Susanville Little League is offering a new program called Extra Innings, which will feature Sandlot-style baseball, instructional clinics, home run derbies, night games and wood bat only games. Extra Innings is open to players ages 7-14. For more information, call Juanita Williams at 251-7782.
Lassen High School volleyball will be having open gym sessions throughout the summer for girls planning on trying out for next year’s freshman, JV or varsity teams. For more information, call Julie Schmidt at 257-5173.
Lassen High School is also hosting Camp Grizz, a basketball camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 15 from June 17 through June 20. For more information, email Dorinda Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock the Wake
The third annual Rock the Wake is set to take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at Emerson Lake in Susanville and its organizers are planning to make this year unforgettable. The event is an exhibition of professional wakeboarders who will show off their skills on the lake for spectators. This year’s event will feature two rails, more wakeboarders, including the Hyperlite wakeboarding team and what is considered to be the best wakeboarding boat in existence — the Super Air Nautique G23.
Food, beer and refreshments will be available for spectators. There is a small fee for tickets. Children ages 12 and under get in free. All proceeds go to charity.
The entrance, as well as parking, will be through the Old Club House at 470-835 Wingfield Road. Spectators are urged to bring lawn chairs.
Engines roar, dirt flies, metal twists and crunches, machines collide and the crowd goes wild. This is what you can expect at the Lassen County Fair’s Demolition Derby Friday, July 6. The mayhem will begin at 5 p.m. at Diamond Mountain Speedway.
Tuesday nights on the trail
The Susanville Area Bicycle Association invites bikers, hikers, runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels to the Bizz Johnson Trail at 6 p.m. every Tuesday evening from now until October.
The event will begin at the kiosk on the west side of Richmond Road by the caboose, across the street from the Historic Railroad Depot. However, participants may join anywhere along the trail.
According to Dan Brown, owner of Bicycle Bananas in Susanville and member of the Susanville Area Bicycle Association, many people are afraid of getting out on the trail alone at this time of year because of mountain lions. The weekly event gets people out on the trail in groups, making them feel safe, while also allowing them to meet and get active with other community members.
For more information, email Brown at email@example.com.
American Legion baseball
America’s favorite pastime will be played in Susanville throughout the summer. The Susanville American Legion baseball team, the Renegades, have games scheduled through July, including a hometown, wood bat only tournament Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23 at Memorial Park.
For a complete schedule of upcoming games, see the sports calendar on page 1C.
These are only a few of many great events and recreational activities available to locals and visitors of Lassen County this summer. There is no doubt the vast outdoor spaces of Lassen County will be bursting with activity this summer as residents and visitors take advantage of the many recreational opportunities at their fingertips. See the Lassen County Times’ sports and recreation section for more events and activities coming your way.