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Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
+1 530-573-2674
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Lots of water this year

Big snow year and warm weather means lots of snow melt. Taylor Creek is flowing fast. /Rainbow... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Fun for the Whole Family

A beautiful walk with educational signs and an underwater display of the Kokanne Salmon... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
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Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
+1 530-573-2674
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Big snow year and warm weather means lots of snow melt. Taylor Creek is flowing fast. /Rainbow trail is covered with water but the walk to the beach...Lake of the Sky Trail is very nice.

Thank kimfE3697VE
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A beautiful walk with educational signs and an underwater display of the Kokanne Salmon. Fascinating in the Fall with the Salmon are running. You might even catch sight of a bear fishing!

Thank DeanneD
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Taylor Creek IA always a pleasant outing. There is short boardwalk trail through the marsh to the creek. In the fall one can watch the salmon spawn. The stream profile chamber is always a big hit for all ages. This area is close in the...More

Thank rangerteam14
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This is a great place to visit - when it's not closed. Although it's normally closed during the winter you can typically still walk on the trails. However, it Looks like there was a lot of flooding - downed trees, lots of debris, and parts...More

4  Thank jaimexplorer
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This smaller California State Park features an underground/stream side viewing station to be able to view the life inside the Taylor Creek. When the salmon are spawning it's particularly amazing to be there - being careful to avoid the bears looking for a meal of...More

2  Thank drdinnj
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

We have always loved coming to Taylor Creek and visiting the stream profile. It is a wonderful walk through the woods, marsh and to the creek. The visitor center is always a great stop for Forest Service guides and information. We love walking down to...More

1  Thank LoughlinsinTahoe
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Another one of my favorite walks. This one is good if you only have about an hour, but want to get in some good photo ops. Meadows abound on this easy walk. The trail takes you by the fish hatchery, where you can get an...More

Thank Allie K
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Taylor Creek is a gem and a "must see" while visiting Lake Tahoe. The site is accessible, interpretive signs are award-winning and the rangers are knowledgeable and friendly. Not only can you walk through the stream profile chamber, with a fish viewing tank and a...More

Thank JoyB530209
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A must for the family if you are here in the fall. Kokanee salmon are swimming up Taylor creek and the profile chamber gives you a view from under the creek. It's educational and extremely accessible for W/Cs, families, etc. Nice paved walking paths where...More

1  Thank kbintahoe
Reviewed 10 December 2016

We visited in late October and this is the first time we were at Taylor's Creek during the Salmon Spawning Season and also during Fall when the Aspens turn a beautiful gold color. The trail is easy and beautiful and though sad, it's interesting to...More

2  Thank Oran A
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Charlesvincent A
We will be in the Lake Tahoe Area between April 4-April 7. Will this area be nice to go to around this time?
21 March 2017|
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Response from Terry D | Reviewed this property |
Depends on how much snow is left. The paved trails are not plowed. The visitors center will probably not be open until Memorial Day.
Hi, if anyone has visited recently...Are there salmon in the river currently? I was going to drive up to take some photos but only want to come if the salmon are there. Thanks!
21 October 2016|
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Response from lana2004 | Reviewed this property |
They are there, but...they are currently trying to keep people away from the creekside path to avoid bothering the salmon. I didn't know this and the ranger I ran into asked me to leave. I was there last weekend.
Yue Y
Hi Aruba, are there lots of Salmons in the stream now?
15 October 2016|
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Response from SeazonedGlobetrotter | Reviewed this property |
Still no salmon, water is a little warmer then it needs to be for it.