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Fallen Leaf Lake

CA
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Ranked #676 of 4,895 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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San Luis Obispo
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 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
17 helpful votes 17 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
44 helpful votes 44 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We camped here for 2 nights. We camped with a tent and our friends used their camper. We brought our dog, which is allowed while on leash. The parking spots were large enough to fit three cars, but we had to pay extra for the extra cars. There were bathrooms and showers centrally located. There are food/bear lockers. The campground... More

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Palo Alto, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A return visit to Fallen Leaf was an extraordinary treat for a (5 day) weekend in May. The lake itself has multiple personalities: sheet of glass calm, heavy whitecaps, stunning sunlit vistas, fascinating passing clouds. And it looks the same in 2014 as it did on a first visit about 40 years ago. The Fallen Leaf lodge and store seem... More

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