Eagle Lake

Bureau of Land Management, California.

Eagle Lake is 5100 feet above sea level in northeastern California about 16 miles north of Susanville in Lassen County. It is the second largest natural freshwater lake wholly in California. Having no natural surface outlet, Eagle Lake is a closed basin lake with its water levels fluctuating with variations of inflow. Water surface areas have fluctuated between 16,000 to 29,000 acres with a present area of 26,000 acres.

The lake is suitable for water sports, fishing and swimming. The surrounding BLM and Forest Service Land provide opportunity for biking, hiking, camping, hunting, wildlife photography, horseback riding and more. The northern and middle sections of the lake are bordered by sagebrush hills, and the southern end is forested with pine and fir. Surface water temperatures range from 32 degrees in winter to 80 degrees in summer.

The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office manages the North Eagle Lake campground and the Rocky point East and West campgrounds on the Northeastern side of the lake on highway 139. Click the links below for more information on the BLM managed campgrounds.

North Eagle lake Campground

Rocky Point East Campground

Rocky Point West Campground

The Lassen National Forest, Eagle Lake Ranger District manages southwestern end of the lake which includes the Christi, Merrill, Aspen and Eagle campgrounds located off of Eagle Lake County Road. The The Eagle Lake Marina includes a small store, restrooms, showers, and fish cleaning station. Gallatin Beach is a popular place to swim by the shore. Visitors can contact the Eagle Lake Ranger District Monday-Friday at 530-257-4188. For information visit:

Lassen National Forest Campgrounds

Eagle Lake Campgrounds & Marina

Nearby Activities


From Susanville travel north on Highway 139 for 30 miles.

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