Nature & Wildlife in Lake Tahoe

There are dozens of places around the Tahoe area to view nature and wildlife. On the water, on trails, on the rivers and in the forests. If you are quiet, you might see deer, water foul and maybe even a bear.

Bears are sometimes spotted around the Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City. During the late summer and fall, you might catch a glimpse of them in the Truckee River doing some fishing.

For some flower filled hiking trails, visit Fallen Leaf Lake, Desolation Wilderness, the Tahoe Rim Trail or the area around Winnemucca Lake or Caples Lake just south of Lake Tahoe.

To view Canada geese, ducks, coot, loons and other water birds, visit D.L. Bliss State Park, Sugar Pine Point State Park or Emerald Bay. If you are doing some kayaking around Lester Beach or D.L. Bliss, you may even see some eagles or hawks who nest in the pine trees above the lake.

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Desolation Wilderness

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3070 Camino Heights Drive

The higher you hike up, the fewer people you will see... read more

D.L. Bliss State Park

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P.O. Box 266
7360 West Lake Boulevard

The jewel of Tahoe... read more

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Emerald Bay State Park

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Gorgeous bay by Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm...
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Sugar Pine Point State Park

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P.O. Box 266
7360 West Lake Boulevard

Relax on serene Lake Tahoe... read more

Washoe Meadows State Park

P.O. Box 266
7360 West Lake Boulevard

Washoe Meadows State Park occupies 620 acres of meadow and woodland in the valley at the base of the escarpment leading to Echo Summit... read more

Buck Pasture-Tahoe Rim Trail

7800 Wentworth Springs Road

The trail leads down into Buck's Pasture and continues up along the north ridge of scenic Caples Creek drainage, ending at the junction of the Strawberry Canyon jeep trail... read more

Caples Creek-Tahoe Rim Trail

7800 Wentworth Springs Road

The trail follows along the north side of Caples Creek through virgin forest, intersecting the Silver Fork Trail and continues through beautiful Jake Schneider's Meadow intersecting the Old Silver Lake Trail... read more

Little Truckee River

Hwy 89 North
P.O. Box 95

Little Truckee River is located approximately 13 miles north of Truckee. Fishing pressure is heavy in easy access areas. Where access is difficult, large rainbow trout and a few browns have been reported... read more

Winnemucca Lake

Hwy. 88

Springtime blooms... read more

Caples Lake Campground

26820 Silver Drive

Caples Lake Campground is located adjacent to Highway 88, near to Kirkwood. Boating, fishing, swimming and hiking offered... read more
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