Donner Lake, California

Donner Lake

Whether you prefer your fun in the summer sun or in the snow, look no further than Donner Lake for a perfect, year-round getaway. Located 11 miles Northwest of Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake isn’t far off the beaten path, but offers significant rewards to those willing to make the trek. From its breathtaking, panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and unique historical sites, to its superb trout fishing and close proximity to several legendary skiing destinations, Donner Lake has more than a little something to suit just about anyone’s tastes. Donner Lake History During the last ice... Read more »

Serene Lakes, California

Serene Lakes Calm Waters

Though many resorts in the Lake Tahoe area like to lay claim to being “the best-kept secret” of the Sierras, Serene Lakes’ unparalleled natural splendor and off-the-beaten-path locale make it an easy contender for the title. Serene Lakes is the name given to two connected lakes – Northward-facing Serena and Southward-facing Dulzura – located an elevation of 6800-7200 feet on the Sierras’ Western slope. The area around the lakes is densely-wooded with tall white fir, tamarack and cedar, and the lakes’ waters teem with rainbow and lake trout. In the colder... Read more »

Fallen Leaf Lake, California

Fallen Leaf Lake California

Summertime is magical at Fallen Leaf Lake, with its stunning views of Desolation Wilderness and Mt. Tallac, and its endless recreational opportunities. This is one of the secrets of the area, simply because it is not as well-known as Lake Tahoe and therefore tends to be less crowded. It can be found just one-mile south west of Lake Tahoe. Part of what makes this lake such a jewel is the fact that there has been little commercial development, allowing it to retain much of its natural state, including high water quality with water visibility at an amazing 40 to 50 feet! Fallen Leaf Lake Camping,... Read more »

Angora Lakes, California

Angora Lakes California

Looking for a peaceful and relaxing day in nature that is not too far from Lake Tahoe? Angora Lakes are a great place to take your family for a day of  picnicking, swimming, and water sports all under the gaze of the majestic granite cliffs that literally descend right into the lake. This unique natural landscape provides for many ledges and giant boulders that the more daring visitors enjoy cliff diving from – the favorite being a thrilling 60-foot jump. If you are looking for fantastic views, this is the place to come. The sunshine literally makes the surrounding mountains and... Read more »

Echo Lakes, California

Echo Lakes California

If you are in search of a truly peaceful escape, Echo Lakes is the perfect choice. It is an area known for its seclusion, serene mountain setting, and stunning natural scenery with granite rocks and tall mountains surrounding each lake. The Upper and Lower Echo Lakes are great places for boating, fishing, and enjoying a picnic lunch. Visitors also enjoy hiking the trails around the lake or heading off for bigger overnight adventures in Desolation Wilderness. Favorite wintertime activities include cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and playing in the snow. The Echo Lakes are located on the north... Read more »