This leafy, dog-friendly campground is one of the five situated in the Eagle Lake Recreation Area within the Lassen National Forest. Set against the backdrop of the Sierras and the Cascades, this modern lakeside campground offers beautiful vistas, great fishing and other water sports opportunities, and a wide mix of camping options.
Take your dog to Merrill Campground and you'll find 51 standard sites (no hookup), 64 partial hookup sites, and 57 full hookup sites. Standard sites start from $20 a night.
The sites in this campground are large and spacious, with double-wide layouts and a minimum length of 45 feet. Each site also gets its own picnic table and fire pit, while flush toilets and potable water are available too.
All sites in Merrill Campground are level, and visitors regularly comment on just how clean and roomy the area is (not to mention its great lakeside location). Limited Wi-Fi is an added bonus, while the nearby Eagle Lake Marina is handily located if you need to stock up on camping supplies or take advantage of shower or laundry facilities.
Dogs are welcome in Merrill Campground, but you'll need to keep your dog on a 6-foot leash when outside your vehicle. You'll also need to clean up after them whenever necessary and ensure they don't disturb other campers.
And if your pup is on their best behavior, you'll be free to enjoy all the best attractions that Eagle Lake Recreation Area has to offer. One of Merrill Campground's biggest selling points is the fact that it's located on the southern shore of Eagle Lake. This makes it particularly popular with anglers keen for a spot of rainbow trout fishing, but you can also try your hand at swimming, kayaking, water skiing, and other water-based fun.
If you'd rather stick to dry land, you can set out to explore the 5.2-mile hiking/biking trail that links Merrill Campground with the 4 other campgrounds, 3 day use areas, and the marina in the Eagle Lake Recreation Area.
Alternatively, you and your pup might like to put your feet (or paws) up, immerse yourselves in the pretty forest surroundings, and make the most of the gorgeous water views — just remember your insect repellent so you can keep the mosquitoes at bay.
All in all, Merrill is a great campground for pet parents!