Merrill is the largest campground on Eagle Lake with 173 sites and is only two miles from the Marina and Gallatin Beach. Merrill offers full and partial hook-ups, grey water dump areas and longer, wider parking spurs. We can accommodate anyone’s needs. The sites will hold the largest of RV’s to tents and everything in between. This is a great family campground with easy access to the rest of Eagle Lake Recreation Area via the paved hiking and biking trail. It is also located next door to the Amphitheater where most of the interpretive programs are hosted.

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Waterfront Sites

Ponderosa and Pine loops contain the much-sought-after waterfront sites. Most of these standard sites (no hook-ups) offer an unobstructed view of the lake.

Handicap Accessible Sites

Eight handicap accessible sites are available for reservation and first-come, first-serve walk-in. These are full hook-up sites with paved pads for easy access to the fire ring and special wheelchair accessible picnic tables. They are also grant wheelchair access to the nearest restrooms via paved paths.

Small Group / Double Sites

Merrill now offers two full hook-up small group / double sites great for family events. These sites are equipped with hook-ups for two RV’s and will accommodate up to 16 people.

Boat Mooring

All camping guest of the Eagle Lake Recreation Area are welcome to tie their boats on the shoreline at Merrill or hand launch kayaks and canoes for no fee. Most boats moored on the shoreline are anchored bow out in shallow water, with an additional anchor on the shore to secure the stern towards the shore. Heavy bungie ropes and anchors are recommended for this purpose. No stakes are allowed in the water. There is day use parking located by the water for your convenience.

Reservations & Operating Season

Reservations for the 2021 season are available for 60% of the sites from May 15 – September 6. After September 6, all campsites are first-come, first-served walk-in sites with no stay limits. Walk-ins are welcome throughout the season, from May 15 – October 31. Please call the host at (530) 825-3450 or the Marina at (530) 825-3454 for any further information.


Standard Sites (no hook-ups)
Standard: $20.00
With GA Discount: $10.00

Partial Hook-up (water & electric)
Standard: $30.00
With GA Discount: $20.00

Full Hook-up (water, electric, sewer)
Standard: $35.00
With GA Discount: $25.00

Group Sites (2 full hook-ups)
Standard: $60.00
With GA Discount: N/A

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Stan & Sue Dolce, Hosts – Site #91 – (530) 825-3450
Nolan & Patty Banwarth, Hosts – Site #H1

Our hosts do not take reservations but are available to speak with during the open season at the phone numbers listed with their campgrounds. We honor Golden Age and Golden Access (GA) cardholder discounts. For more information on obtaining a GA card contact the US Forest Service, Eagle Lake Ranger District at (530) 257-4188.