|As I mentioned in the last post, after departing Medford, Oregon we spent three nights camped on the south shore of Eagle Lake, approximately 16 miles north of Susanville, CA and 105 miles north of Reno, NV. Eagle Lake is the second largest natural lake in California and covers more than 22,000 acres with over 100 miles of shoreline. There are 5 campgrounds around the lake.
Merrill is the largest campground on Eagle Lake with 173 sites and is only two miles from the Marina and Gallatin Beach. It was renovated in 2005 and now offers full and partial hook-ups, grey water dump areas and longer, wider parking spurs. The RV park reviews were very good for Merrill Campground & were absolutely correct. It was a lovely, spacious campground & the sites were long, paved & well spaced. Not to mention in a beautiful area!
The campground host, Karen, greeted us warmly & gave good advice on site selection for satellite positioning for our direct TV. We were a bit concerned when we arrived as there are lots of trees but decided we liked the campground & area so much we'd stay whether we got TV or not. Now that's saying a lot, lol. And, Verizon service was good here as well so we had phone & Internet as well. And full hook-ups. And a $5.00 discount with our Golden Age Pass. Ok, ok, I know I'm babbling a bit now, lol!
When we arrived it was sprinkling but we woke to sunny skies & nice temps the following morning. We walked the campground loop, then over to the lake where we enjoyed watching the ducks & pelicans. Afterward we drove an unpaved road for a mile or so with the intention of going up to the Antelope Fire Lookout tower. Unfortunately the road was so 'wash boardy' that we decided to turn back.
Instead, we headed over to the boat launch & spent a good hour enjoying the beautiful lake, wonderful weather and
white pelicans, western grebes, great blue herons and many diving ducks feeding on fish in the lake. It was amazing watching the white pelicans move in group formation, herd the minnows & then feast! We loved it :)
On our way home we decided to drive through one of the no hook-up campground, Eagle Lake, and check out the sites. We definitely like Merrill over Eagle, not only for the services but for size & quality of the sites. We spoke to the campground host & he advised us that there was a high wind advisory on Hwy 395 for the next day with wind gusts of up to 65 mph! And possible road closure between Susanville, CA & Reno, NV. Whoa, not what we wanted to hear for sure. He recommended we stay put an extra day & that is what we ultimately decided to do. Our campground had nice weather with a slight wind but nothing to worry about. We explored the lake a bit more but mostly hung around the house, reading & working on our computers. Monday morning was lovely & we got on the road earlier than normal for our drive to Fallon, NV. I'll cover that pretty drive next time. It's time to hit the sack...Night :)