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About the Area

Eagle Lake Marina

​Eagle Lake Marina and Campground is operated by Cougar Enterprises through the Lassen Community College Foundation - Click Here to visit the web site: 


The south shore of Eagle Lake is approximately 26 miles north of Susanville and 89 miles north of Reno, Nevada. Visitors driving into the area on route 36, taking A1 west of Susanville, will top a final rise for a dramatic vista of the Eagle Lake Basin below, surrounded by mountains and highlighted by the dramatic aspect of the lake itself. More information can be found at:

Geology and History

Eagle Lake is located at the juncture of four major geologic provinces. To the west and south is the Sierra Nevadas , a giant mountain range formed by tectonic uplifting along the edge of the continental plate. To the west and north are the Cascade Mountains , which run through California , Oregon , and Washington , and up into Canada . This mountain range is volcanic in origin, but is also a result of a clash between Pacific and continental plates. Long ago the area was inhabited by many different groups of Native Americans, including the Hat Creek, Mountain Maidu, Valley Maidu, Paiute, and Pit River , all of whom hunted and fished at Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake was created by the melting of glaciers during the last ice age and is the second largest natural lake in California . It covers more than 22,000 acres and has over 100 miles of shoreline. The lake sits in a closed drainage basin with no outlet and only limited surface water flowing into it.


Eagle Lake hosts a great variety of wildlife, trophy trout, an unusual water quality balance all amid attractive scenery. The Eagle Lake Trout is a unique species to the highly alkaline lake water, but other fish such as tui chub, Tahoe sucker, Lahontan redside and speckled dace are found there as well. The fish are an abundant food source that attracts many birds to the area. Fishing licenses can be obtained at the Eagle Lake Marina store.

It is the lure of the Eagle Lake Trout that brings outdoorsmen to this northeastern region of California . Known for it's exceptionally fast growth rate, trophy proportions, acrobatic drag-testing battles and excellent table fare, the Eagle Lake Trout is a highly sought after game fish. Eagle Lake Trout are bright, colorful, alert, acrobatic, and possess steelhead-like fighting qualities.

Beginning with the Memorial Day weekend until the seasonal closure at year's end, anglers will discover exceptional opportunities for this rare species of rainbow trout. Trout ranging in size from recent planters of 6-8 inches, to the large holdover population of fish in the three to six pound range can be found in the lake. Even larger trout lurk in the depths of the lake and each year catches from five to eight pounds and more are reported. The current lake record is an 11 1/4 pound rainbow taken in 1988.

Camping, Biking, Hiking, Sailing, Swiiming and WILDLIFE ARE ALSO Features of the Eagle lake Experience.​​