Lassen National Forest officials announced last week that boaters looking to use Eagle Lake now have a place to launch during low water conditions thanks to a recently completed boat ramp adjacent to the Gallatin Marina.
The new low-water boat ramp was made possible by the California Department of Boating and Waterways (CalBoating), which funded and prepared designs and specifications for the project.
Officially called the Gallatin Low Water Boat Ramp, it became available for public use Nov. 29. The new ramp is designed to provide boaters with access to the lake during periods of low water when the existing ramp at Gallatin Marina is not functional. The low-water ramp will only be open during these periods when the main ramp is inaccessible, such as it is now.
According to Eagle Lake District Ranger Ann Carlson, “Lake levels are low since we are going into winter, and they really will not start to go up until spring runoff. It’s important to realize this is a natural lake and lake levels are not controlled like they are at Lake Almanor.”
King Construction, of Fernley, Nev., completed the contracted work, which was awarded in August. A sediment curtain was utilized at the site to protect water quality during construction. The new low-water ramp is comprised of precast concrete slabs, which were directed into place by a diver working in the lake. The ramp can be accessed by the newly constructed unsurfaced access road and turnaround area located at the end of the marina parking area, near the Dow Lookout interpretive site.
Carlson said that the new boat ramp and turnaround are not very roomy so she asks that boaters be patient and wait their turn to launch. She also recommends that boaters use care since the low-water boat ramp is not behind a jetty and is, therefore, exposed to the wind.
When asked about any future plans for the site, Carlson said, “Currently we do not have a boat dock at the site, but we hope to get one next spring.”
For more information, contact Project Manager Heather Blevins at 257-2151, or District Ranger Ann Carlson at 257-4188.