This dog-friendly campground is one of the five situated in the Eagle Lake Recreation Area within the Lassen National Forest. The forest provides miles of trails that are popular for hiking, riding off-highway vehicles, and mountain biking. Come winter, they are great for snowmobiling as well. Sitting at an elevation of 5,100 feet, Merrill Campground is among the best-designed spots around.
A conifer forest of firs and pines surround the campground. The Lassen National Forest also provides numerous streams, lakes, and wilderness. The Eagle Lake is where the Cascades meet the Sierras on the lake’s southwestern end. On the northeastern end, you have the Great Basin’s Modoc Plateau. This unique setting provides various landscapes, wildlife, and vegetation. Perfect for you and your pup to explore and enjoy. You can hike to a day use area, the Osprey Overlook, where you get a beautiful view of Eagle Lake and the forest basin around it.
There are 57 full hook-up sites, 64 sites with partial hook-ups, and 51 sites without hook-ups. You get water and electricity at the partial hook-up sites but no sewers. The camping and parking spurs are between 45 feet and 75 feet long. Grills and campfire rings, along with potable water, flush toilets, limited wifi and grey water dumps, are provided. You can buy firewood and an RV dump station facility is close by. Remember to pack poop bags and clean up after Fido.
The most popular activity on Eagle Lake is fishing for the Eagle Lake rainbow trout. You can also enjoy other activities like kayaking, swimming, and skiing, as well as sail/motor boat activities. You also have bike paths running across the campground. You can buy fishing and camping supplies at the Eagle Lake Marina store. The store and a boat launch are just two and a half miles from the campground -- so is the South Shore Grill, offering hot food on order. All in all, Merrill is a great campground for dog owners!