Tahoe City Things to Do

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    Lake Tahoe

    by machomikemd Written Nov 22, 2013
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    Tahoe City is one of the two gateways to Northern Lake Tahoe if you are travelling via I-80 West, via Highway 89 South, while Brockway is the gateway if travelling via Highway 395 South. Although there is not much things to do in Tahoe City as it is located in the California Side, hence no Casinos, it offers a variety of Lodges and Inns facing the Northern Shore of Lake Tahoe for some private time or some water activities If you want to gamble and to other activities, then hop on south to South Lake Tahoe and Stateline for the Casinos and other Commercial Activities.

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    Truckee River Outlet

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Not too many people were exploring the Outlet dam, but we did and were not disappointed with the beautiful view of the river outlet.

    Named after Paiute Chief Tru-Ki-zo by settlers who were shown passage in 1844 by him, the Truckee River is the sole outlet of the lake that originates from the south side of Lake Tahoe mountains. It flows through and exiting from its northwest side through Tahoe City through the outlet dam.

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    Snowfest 2009-Winter Carnvial (Great for Families)

    by aspenlair Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Snowfest Winter Carnival at Lake Tahoe

    Snowfest 2009 is the 29th Annual such Winter Carnival held at Lake Tahoe. From February 27th through March 8th families will enjoy delightful events:

    Science Expo

    Snowfest Queen Coronation


    Opening Night Ceremonies with Fireworks

    Pancake Breakfasts, Polar Bear Swim, Ice Cream Eating Contest, All You Can Eat Pizza, Arts & Crafts for Kids, and so much more!

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    Fanny Bridge and the Dam

    by DSwede Updated Apr 4, 2011
    The Tahoe Damn

    Tahoe City is the beginning of the Truckee River. There are over 63 inlets that feed Tahoe, but only one river that leads out of it.

    The bridge over the Truckee River, right where HW89 forks to the southshore and Truckee, has been dubbed the Fanny Bridge. In the summer time, many people's fannies are visible leaning over the sides looking at the river.

    Just a few feet from the bridge is the Tahoe Dam. It has regulated the water levels of Tahoe and the water flows of the Truckee River since 1910.

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    William B. Layton Park

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    The plaques reads:

    William B. Layton Park
    This park was named for and dedicated to the memory of William B. Layton by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.
    North Lake Tahoe will miss the unselfish way Bill worked for the community. Past General Manager of the Tahoe City Public Utility District, he was active in the historical society, Gatekeepers Cabin Restoration Drive, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, and Easter Seals and scholarships drives and more. We will miss Bill’s friendly smile, genuine charm, and his photographic flair.

    William B. Layton, Born October 21, 1921
    Killed in a play crash at Lake Tahoe May 22, 1982

    This park is dedicated to a local who was obviously loved. The park is a 3 acre with picnic grounds that overlooks beautiful Lake Tahoe.

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    Duane Leroy Bliss Memorial Plaque

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    The plaques reads:

    Duane Leroy Bliss
    1833-1907
    Timber Baron and transportation mogul - D.L. Bliss – A one time Nevada Banker –was best known for the railroad and steamships that he introduce to Lake Tahoe basin. He organized the Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Co. in 1871 and the Lake Tahoe Narrow Gauge railroad at Glenbrook in 1875 to provide timber from the Tahoe shores to the mines of Virginia City in 1898, bliss reorganized and built the Lake Tahoe Railroad & Transportation Co. from the Southern Pacific Depot in Truckee South to the Tahoe City and The Tahoe Tavern Hotel and Pier where the train met The Bliss Steamer, “Tahoe”
    Dedicated August 13, 1988
    Chief Truckee Chapter No. 3691 E Clampus Vitus

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    The Big Tree

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    Dedicated to a 120 Ft pine tree the Hwy 28 was built around that was located in the center of town in 1929.

    The plaque reads:
    For over a hundred years, the heart of Tahoe City was marked by the magnificent “Big Tree” in the center of the road. After its passing in 1994, a section of the tree was preserved and this sculpture was commissioned.
    We are thankful to all the friends whose generosity helped, memorialize the Big Tree and Tahoe City’s natural history.

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    North Tahoe Arts Gifts Shops and Galleries

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    The Tahoe Community Center a facility of the TCPUD Dept. of Parks and Recreation, is home of the North Tahoe Arts Center in Tahoe City. The 1930’s building is the Center dedicated to supporting artists and developing awareness and appreciation of the arts to the community.

    Open Dailey 10am to 5pm – closed Tuesday.

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    North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    These places are a wealth of information. It is one of the best place to go to find out what the area has to offer. It was kind of tucked between the Arts Gallery and the Fire Station so it can be easily missed.

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    Commons Beach Jail 1935

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    In 1901, when Tahoe House owner Robert Montgomery Watson trailblazer, horseman, and lumberman returned from trying his luck at gold mining, North Lake Tahoe was so well populated from the timber works and visitors that the citizens decided a full-time constable was necessary, and they elected Watson to the position. Watson felt the first concrete bunker style jail was unsuitable even for miscreants and allowing prisoners to sleep on his kitchen floor. Watson held the position until 77 years old until 1923. Harry Edward Johanson Hollywood stunman double and Royal Canadian Policeman in 1935 became the second Constable and designed the oil jail along the Commons Beach embankment that you see now. He retired in 1967 serving 32 years. Now, the old Jail is now a storage house, but serves as a reminder of Tahoe's past constables.

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    Commons Beach

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    All I can say is this is an absolutely beautiful area. Beautiful views, walking paths, play areas, picnic tables, and so much more. Tahoe City did this right.

    No Dogs Allowed
    BarBQ pits available
    Restrooms available
    Four-acre park located in downtown Tahoe City, on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
    Popular for sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking, it includes two children's playgrounds located within a large lakefront lawn area. Rest Rooms & BBQ Grills also available.
    During the summer stop by every Wednesday at dusk and see a free movie!
    Free Summer Music Concert Series on Sundays at 4 PM
    Farmer’s Market on Thursdays during the summer from 8 AM – 1 PM

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    Heritage Plaza

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    Heritage Plaza offers visitors a great vista point for viewing Lake and with some wonderful picnic tables to sit and enjoy the scenery. Plus enjoy the interpretive signs of the local history of Tahoe City. Next door is the Watson Cabin, the oldest house built on-site in Tahoe City.

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    Gatekeepers Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    The Gatekeeper’s Museum is a 1981 reconstruction of the original Gatekeeper’s hand-carved log Cabin of 1910 – It was where the water master lived and it was his job to control the Truckee River out of Lake Tahoe. It houses Tahoe history of its beginning of the Native inhabitants through the logging period. Exhibits include Local rocks and fossils, early skiing gear, logging and railroad equipment, vintage newspapers and other Lake Tahoe memorabilia. Tools, baskets and clothing from the Washoe and Paiute Indian tribes are exhibited. Old photographs, oral historical recordings and videotapes are available in the research library. Over 100 Native American dolls and over 800 Native American Baskets are housed in a new annex.

    Hours of Operation
    May 1 – June 15: Wed – Sun 11am-5pm
    June 16 – Aug 31: Open Daily 11am – 5pm
    Sep 1 – Sep 30: Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm
    Now open year-round! Open October - April: Weekends 11am - 3pm (Weather permitting - call in advance if severe weather is predicted)
    Admission:
    $3 adults
    $2 seniors (55 and over)
    $1 kids (6 - 12)
    Museum members and Children 5 and under are free.

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    Watson Cabin 1909

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    Built in 1909, the Watson Cabin stands on the original site and was one of the first year around resident family in Tahoe. It is the oldest building constructed onsite in Tahoe City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Robert and his father, R. M. Watson built the cabin for Robert’s wife Stella and their daughter, Mildred.

    It was one of the first in Tahoe City to have indoor bathroom plumbing, a living room, kitchen and an outdoor porch. Upstairs were 2 bedrooms, and a sewing room. Later, the outdoor porch was extended and enclosed to make room for the family. The cabin is decorated with original furnishings and has been preserved to look as it did at the turn of the century

    The cabin is now a satellite Museum Store Watson Cabin Curios featuring vintage-style Tahoe merchandise perfect for home, gift giving, souvenirs and more. Located in the heart of Tahoe City, above Commons Beach.

    Donation Accepted

    Memorial Day – June 30 Open Weekends Noon – 4pm
    July – Labor Day Wed – Mon (closed Tues) Noon – 4pm

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    Public Piers

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    East Pier
    East side of the beach just below Christy Hill restaurant, open daily from 8am-8pm for public use with no overnight mooring.

    West Pier
    Just west of the Commons Beach is another pier open to dusk to dawn near the outlet of the Truckee River. Not is great shape and the water is low here, so boating near here is not recommended. It is near Mackinaw road.

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