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Fallen Leaf Lake

CA
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Ranked #481 of 5,001 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing
Description: Small lake west of Tahoe between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
52 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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