Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Eagle Lake is the second largest natural lake in California. It doesn’t have an outlet although some water escapes through a tunnel which was dug in 1923 as part of a failed irrigation project. The lake is formed by three basins with different levels of water The southern basin is the deepest. The land around this basin is part of Modoc National Forest and has four family campgrounds and one group campground, all close to the shoreline. A 5 mile, paved bike/hike trail connects the campgrounds. The land around the northern basin is BLM land except for some ranches and a few vacation communities.
We camped in Rocky Point East, a BLM dispersed camping area, at the northern basin. The lake has receded a lot and a gravel area, which was the parking lot for a boat ramp, now serves as a very good boondocking site. The road in is about 1.6 miles long. It’s one lane, dirt, and a bit bumpy. The worse part travels over a section of flat rocks but any RV should be able to navigate the road. At the end are a pristine view and a very quiet place to camp.
We drove south to the Christie Day Use Area and walked/rolled along the trail which follows the shore and is shaded by tall evergreens. The trail is fairly level except for the spur from the parking lot. RVs will fit in the lot.
Campsite 40.67279, -120.74565 Trail 40.56313, -120.83399