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Fallen Leaf Lake

Address: CA
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Ranked #501 of 4,433 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Small lake west of Tahoe between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Small lake west of Tahoe between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Fallen Leaf Lake is near the south end of Lake Tahoe, near Cascade Lake and Camp Richardson, off of Highway 89. The road in is poorly marked, and is accessible by car for about six months out of the year (the road is not plowed in the winter, or not reliably anyway). You'll pass by the Forest Service Fallen Leaf... More 

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Sisters, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We drove to the community and enjoyed some beautiful views! What an awesome place to live! Road is narrow in places, narrows to one lane along the lake!

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United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I'm torn about how to rate Fallen Leaf Lake. How can you give anything but 5 stars to such a beautiful place? Well, I did. Sorry. Don't hate me. The lake itself deserves 5 stars, don't get me wrong, but if you're driving, it's totally not worth it. The boy and I camped at Fallen Leaf Campground this past weekend... More 

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round rock, tx
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by how relaxing this "hike" was. I use quotations because it's really just a walk through the woods. There's little to no incline, easy to follow paths, and a mirror calm lake. It was a perfect place to go to take a walk and sit by the lake to eat lunch. I would have LOVED to... More 

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Sacramento, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I can't believe I've lived in California my entire life and never been on this hike! We would have been happy with the initial trek, but as we progressed up we could see BOTH Lake Tahoe and the lovely jade/teal of Fallen Leaf Lake at the same time! Of course, it helped that it was a PERFECT fall October day,... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On our first trip to Lake Tahoe a friend familiar with the lake took us to Fallen Leave Lake. I wasn't sure what to expect when we meandered the lake on a one lane road, a bit of an adventure when meeting oncoming traffic but it was terrific. Great views, and a nice little rustic restaurant/gift shop half way around.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful surprise at the end of the road. Gorgeous lake, great restaurant very friendly staff and food was very good. The views were outstanding the deck at the restaurant overlooked the lake it was a very relaxing lunch. Beautiful country here in Lake Tahoe. Perfect time of year to come not crowded.

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Once again, Fallen Leaf Lake did not disappoint...I am hesitant to write this review as I enjoy the peace and serenity of this beautiful lake and would hate to see it overrun, There was a pair of Sea-Doo's out there this weekend reminding us that obnoxiousness is not far away. A short bike ride down to the highway reveals a... More 

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SF Bay Area
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75 reviews 75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It's a curvy, one+ car lane road drive in and out, but it's totally worth it! There's a little beach, with kayaks and waterskiing. It doesn't have the crowds of Lake Tahoe, the lake is beautiful, the surrounding trees and mountains beautiful. All in all, a nice place to visit for a few hours.

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Murrieta, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The drive to the lake was tight, basically one way with several turnouts but the scenery was nice. Our focus was looking for a beach which we found at the marina near the end of the road. It was small but you could get your feet wet. It appeared to us that the beach was primarily for the guests of... More 

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