Many forest campgrounds to open for start of fishing season, others by Memorial
The Lassen National Forest will soon open select campgrounds near prime fishing waters in conjunction with the start of the 2014 fishing season.
Forest officials project plenty of campsites will be available to meet anticipated demand for the opening day of trout season.
Almanor Ranger District campgrounds, including Butte Meadows, Cherry Hill, Alder, Elam and Potato Patch, are set to open April 23, weather permitting. Visitors planning to camp at these locations should be prepared for low nighttime temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s.
All other Almanor Ranger District campgrounds, including Gurnsey Creek and Almanor, are scheduled for opening the weekend of May 16, as conditions allow, in time for Memorial Day weekend. Updates will be posted on the LNF website.
Concessionaire campgrounds on the Eagle Lake Ranger District, which include Aspen, Eagle, West Eagle, Merrill, Christie and Crater Lake, are set to open May 15. The marina store will be open with limited hours and supplies as of May 18, with full operation and supplies by May 23, in time for Memorial Day weekend. An outdoor stand at the marina will offer hot food, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and breakfast burritos. Information on concessionaire facilities and services is available by calling 257-3067 until May 1; afterward, call 825-3454.
Seasonal maintenance of other Eagle Lake Ranger District campgrounds, including Bogard, Goumaz and Roxie Peconom, as well as day use areas, is scheduled to begin in mid-May.
Forest campgrounds along Hat Creek are scheduled to open by April 26, with the exception of Big Pine Campground.
Hat Creek Ranger District’s Old Station Visitor Center is set to open April 26. The center will be staffed for weekend visitors Saturday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will begin a summer schedule in mid-June, open five days a week, Friday – Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday – Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The visitor center, located at the junction of highways 44 and 89, has recently been remodeled. Be sure to stop in and take a peek, say staff, who can provide helpful sightseeing, fishing and camping information.
Dispersed camping is allowed in many places on the LNF. However, visitors are reminded to keep their vehicles on existing roadways, as cross-country travel is prohibited. This policy protects sensitive areas and resources, and prevents damage to vehicles. Visitors are also reminded that, for campfires away from developed campgrounds, a California campfire permit is required. These permits may be obtained free of charge at any Cal Fire, Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service office.
The Forest Service encourages anglers to review the 2014-15 Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations Handbook for information and possible restrictions. This booklet is available at many fishing supply retail outlets. It is also posted on the Web at dfg.ca.gov/regulations.
For the most current information, contact the following Forest Service offices:
Almanor Ranger District, 258-2141.
Eagle Lake Ranger District, 257-4188.
Hat Creek Ranger District, 336-5521.
For more information, visit the Lassen National Forest website at fs.usda.gov/lassen.