The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office advises boaters to beware of the low water level at Eagle Lake.
According to a Tuesday, May 26 statement from the LCSO, the Memorial Day holiday weekend marks the start of the fishing season at Eagle Lake. Significant numbers of boaters and fishermen will be taking advantage of this world-class fishery. The LCSO is warning folks that after a dry winter, the water level at the lake is extremely low.
As a natural lake, there are a number of hazards throughout Eagle Lake. Many hazards are not mapped or identified by buoys or any type of hazard marker. There are places hundreds of feet from any shoreline where it appears boaters are out in the ‘middle’ of the lake. In some of those areas the water is extremely shallow and hazards are just below the surface.
With low lake levels and limited boat launches, boaters will experience more congestion and delays when launching boats. Be patient and courteous with marina staff, as well as other anglers and boaters.
The LCSO looks forward to another successful year at Eagle Lake for the people coming to fish, boat and enjoy the recreational opportunities.
The Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit will be actively patrolling Eagle Lake and other waters in Lassen County. For emergencies on the water, boaters should call 911 or sheriff’s dispatch at 257-6121.
The “ABC’s of Boating,” a handbook of boating rules, is available from most boating shops.
Boaters can go to the California Division of Boating and Waterways website at dbw.ca.gov for information on boating safety and the California Boater Card.