Christie Campground

Area Status: Closed

Christie Campground is located in the Eagle Lake Recreation Area of the Lassen National Forest. This recreation area has five campgrounds, three designated day use areas and a marina on the south shore of Eagle Lake. All these recreation facilities are connected by a 5.2 mile paved hiking/bike trail. The Osprey Overlook, another day use area in the recreation area, can be hiked or driven to for a scenic view of the southern end of Eagle Lake and the surrounding forest basin.

Natural Features: Eagle Lake is located where the Sierras meet the Cascades at the southwestern end of the lake, and the Modoc Plateau of the Great Basin at the northeastern end. This unique location offers diverse landscapes, geology, wildlife and vegetation.

Christie Campground is located in a mature conifer forest of pines and firs, on the southwestern shoreline of Eagle Lake, at an elevation of 5,100 feet.

Recreation: Fishing for the Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout, a California Heritage Trout, is the primary recreational activity on Eagle Lake, but the 3rd largest natural lake in California (22,000 acres), provides for plenty of room for swimming, kayaking, skiing and all other boating activities by motor or sail. There are no 2-cycle restrictions for outboard boat motors or PWCs.

Facilities: Of the five campgrounds in the recreation area, Christie Campground is located the greatest distance from the marina and boat ramp, about five miles or a 10-minute drive. Due to its location, this campground is the least used and occupied in the recreation area. This distinction has developed a very loyal customer base of RV, trailer and tent campers who want a quiet, spacious, camping experience in this beautiful landscape.

Christie Campground’s location offers OHV riders almost direct access to the Forest Service riding trails and roads and is preferred by kayak and personal pontoon fishing enthusiasts.

Each site is equipped with a paved parking spur, table and campfire ring/grill. Almost half of the sites feature a pull-through parking spur and nine of these sites are large enough that they have been designated as group sites.

An RV Dump Station Facility is conveniently located about two miles away with a $10 dump fee.

Forty-seven sites, #1-#25, #27-#30, and #32-#49 are designated reservation sites, the other 22 sites are walk-in sites, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The paved bike path begins in this campground. The Eagle Lake Marina store with gas, propane, fishing and camping supplies, rental boats, shower and laundry facilities, and boat launch is located five miles from the campground.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Peak season is from mid-May through Labor Day.  Walk-In only season is from Labor Day to December 31st.
Reservations: Reservations can be made online by visiting Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Rentals & Guides:  Boat rentals are available at Eagle Lake Marina. (Currently Closed)
Open Season: May 15 - September 06
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions:  Quiet time 10PM -AM.
Closest Towns: Susanville, CA
Water: Piped
Restroom: Flush
Passes: Interagency Passes are accepted and can be purchased at Eagle Lake Ranger District (530)257-4188
Operated By: Lassen College Foundation
Information Center: Summer season contact: Lassen College Foundation (Concessioner), Eagle Lake Marina 530-825-3454 Off season: Eagle Lake Ranger District 530-257-4188 Fees will be collected at the campground for extra vehicles Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground **Eagle Lake Marina is currently closed with no estimated time of opening for 2022. Please contact ELRD for information.

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.56639, -120.83878
40°33'59"N, 120°50'20"W

From Susanville, California, take Highway 36 west for 2 miles to County Road A-1. Turn north and continue 14 miles to the Eagle Lake Recreation Area. Continue past Gallatin Road, the first highway you will come to in the lake basin, and follow the signs to Christie Campground. Located on County Road A-1, 2 miles north of Merrill Campground.


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5100 feet