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Fallen Leaf Lake

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Small lake west of Tahoe between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson.

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Amazing. If you have a complaint, stay on your couch

Seriously? I do not know how anyone can complain about this lake. Clear water, beautiful views. We chose to visit the waterfall which requires zero hiking. If you have a problem... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2016
Sebastopol, CA
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Sebastopol, CA
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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Seriously? I do not know how anyone can complain about this lake. Clear water, beautiful views. We chose to visit the waterfall which requires zero hiking. If you have a problem with the one lane roads then stay home, you are a zero adventure person. This requires minimal work and a little patience, and some confident driving ability. GORGEOUS!!!!

1 Thank M K
Houston, Texas
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

We traveled the Oregon and California coasts, Yosemite and last stop on our trip was South Lake Tahoe. Saw MANY lakes on our trip, but this was our favorite. Rented bikes from Anderson Bike Rental and rode to the lake, but there are also campsites. The lake is isolated, has beautiful clear water and good for boating and canoeing. Would... More 

2 Thank sbgibbs1
Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

We love Fallen Leaf Lake and hike and camp there on a regular basis. There are a number of reviews that talk about the narrow road along the lake and find it to be a difficult drive. While the store/cafe at the far end of the lake is nice and I personally don't mind the drive, those simply wanting access... More 

1 Thank Stephen J
Boston, Massachusetts
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We enjoyed a peaceful day at Fallen Leaf Lake, we packed a picnic and enjoyed it lakeside. Rented a kayak for a fabulous paddle next to tall mountains. There is a wonderful country store there near the public beach area. The staff was so helpful and friendly, the ice cream delicious. Fallen Leaf is a great choice when BIG Lake... More 

Thank JMR815
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

We just stopped in for a quick visit since my travel partner had not been there in a long time. Would have been a 5 except for the road in. We drove the one lane road back to the lodge and marina. It took about 30 minutes as the big pickup in front of us only drove 10 mph because... More 

Thank B J
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

this little one lane road runs along the lake and it is a pretty view. but beware--only one car can pass at a time so you constantly have to pull over. that is workable with effort, and allowing plenty of time. but the rough road really beat us up!!

Thank TheWorldTravelers02
United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Slightly off the beats track but well worth the effort. Park af the road end at the Marina and Store

1 Thank Waterman2000
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is a nice campground that the sites are not on top of each other with a short hike to get to the lake. The campground has showers and a small store, the staff were friendly. The lake is about five miles long, at the other end of the lake from the campground is a boat harbor that has kayak... More 

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South San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I actually liked this lake more than the overly-commercialized Lake Tahoe! An extremely easy trail, takes you to a pristine and quiet lake. Great place to have a picnic and have a serene moment. One of the best things we did in the Lake Tahoe region.

Thank Gouri S
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The Moraine Trail itself is NOT listed on TripAdvisor, so, I am posting this on the Fallen Leaf Lake. Well, its trailhead is right at the parking lot of the campground anyway. Parking is FREE. There are a few picnic tables by the parking lot. It's an easy, flat, ~1.3mile (1-way) scenic trail through the forest to a narrow dam... More 

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