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Fallen Leaf Lake

CA
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Ranked #669 of 4,968 Attractions in California
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing
Description: Small lake west of Tahoe between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.
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Murrieta, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Menifee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My husband and I have written and published eleven hiking guides in southern California, our latest, Best Hikes Near LA published by Globe Pequot Press. We are looking to expand our next book into hikes and activities in the Mammoth, Sequoia, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe area. We are also avid skiers. This late June early August we camped for three... More

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San Luis Obispo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

As you sit on the shore looking across to Mt. Tallac, you realize you are in the real Tahoe. We rode bikes that we rented at Anderson's Bike Rental and pedaled up to Fallen Leaf. The ride up Hwy 89 is pretty flat, but the last mile to the lake took a little bit of effort. Nothing Olympic.......just stay in... More

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Best place to camp at Tahoe. Fallen Leaf Lake is as pretty as Tahoe but with no crowds. The campsites are reasonably far apart. We had a site on the river with a lot of wildlife (take proper bear precautions). Definitely the best campsite in the area.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This would be the place to camp around Lake Tahoe. Fallen Leaf is a good-size lake and less crowded than Tahoe. A word of advice... do NOT try to take a camper, motor home, or trailer up the the road to the "marina" The road is very narrow and really accomodates only one vehicle at a time. Problem is... it's... More

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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

While heading for Fallen Leaf Lake, we took a left by the firehouse and just a little further there were some beautiful waterfalls - we heard about the falls whle on the balloon ride.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had a Amazing time there for 10 days!!! It is so Gorgeous!! No bears this time!! We have been coming to Fallen Leaf Campground since 1978!! We had Many reunions there!! We Love the people and the area there!! The bathrooms are so Clean!! Thank You for our Wonderful Time!!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Everyone goes to Emerald Bay, but most miss this side attraction. What enormous serenity. Gorgeous to behold and seen by so few. Maybe it's best to keep it that way.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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118 reviews 118 reviews
31 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Staying in Lake Tahoe and not going for walks in the many trails here is insanity. Each trail is different in scenery, views, landmarks and elevation. Moraine Trail is one of the first hikes we have taken during our stay. The trail is along Fallen Leaf Lake is a great easy, minimal elevation hike that would be ideal for families... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Fallen leaf lake campground has all new staff this year, who were very helpful and NICE! Showers were clean, lots of young kids riding bikes, fellow campers were respectful of quiet time. Wildlife is abundant, it is their home. Don't feed the bears! !

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