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Eagle Lake - Its future is in your hands

Another view of Eagle LakeEagle Lake sits in what is known as a "closed drainage basin" - the lake has no outlet and only limited surface inflow. That means materials flowing into the lake do not flow out. In some other lakes, this has damaged water quality so much that most wildlife can no longer live there.

To prevent deterioration of Eagle Lake's beauty and the water quality that supports area wildlife, we ask your help in keeping Eagle Lake clean and pure:


  • Everyone can help maintain the unspoiled beauty of Eagle Lake if they pick up and pack out their trash, or the trash left by others.
  • Burning of refuse is not an acceptable method of disposal. Dispose of it in a refuse container or take it to a proper disposal site.
  • Dispose of tin foil and cigarette filters properly:
    • Tin foil is not biodegradable, and it does not burn completely.
    • Cigarette filters do not readily decompose.

Human waste

Eagle Lake water quality and aquatic habitat depend on low levels of certain nutrients. Adding nutrients found in human waste can lead to a rapid upset of this balance.

  • Please use self-contained recreational vehicles, porta-potties or campground facilities.


  • Both the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service maintain campgrounds around Eagle Lake. Using them will decrease impacts on the lake.
  • If campgrounds are full, we suggest you:
    • Select a campsite that will cause as little vegetation or soil disturbance as possible, at least 100 feet from the lake.
    • If you camp within 100 feet of the lake, you must be fully self-contained. This means having sealed holding tanks for collection of wash water and sewage.
    • Do not use soap or shampoo in the lake. If holding tanks are not available, dispose of soapy water in toilet vaults.


Campfires can result in a charcoal-covered shoreline, numerous char-blackened fire rings, or a wildfire. To help prevent these impacts:

  • Use a self-contained stove. There is less chance of fire escaping.
  • If a stove is not available, use a fire pan or portable barbecue. This contains the fire in a metal container and provides for easy disposal of extinguished coals and ashes.
  • If you decide on an open fire, use an existing fire ring.
  • Please be sure to completely extinguish open fires.

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