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Taylor Creek Lake Tahoe Visitor Center (U.S. Forest Service)

35 College Dr, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150 | (530) 543-2674
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4 Reviews
Type: Other
Ages: Ages 4 — adult
Cost: Free
Hours of operation: Open 8:30 5:30 P.M.during summer

4 Reviews for Taylor Creek Lake Tahoe Visitor Center (U.S. Fo...

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January 25 2011
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"salmon falls is waht we call it"

the salmon chambers and trail is awesome.  we have wealked this trail with our kids since before they were born.  It has a nice trail with beautiful picture spots and cool bridges and stream and underground chamber.  It's beautiful and not too far for little ones and we even took our strollers on.  Great nature information also.  We go every year in October/November for the past 12 years.  Highly recommend it.  thank you

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December 23 2010
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"This is our thing to do! :)"

I come from a family of nature lovers and anything with nature is our thing. I have been going here for many many years.  We have a second home in Lake Tahoe and this is the thing to rec'd and take our guests.

In fact, I just got back two days ago from a quick day trip with my family. The Kokanee are spawning (Oct) and this weekend (usually first weekend in Oct) they have the salmon festival.  Any time in Oct is a great time to go!  We also saw a mother bear and her two cubs in the creek.  The USFS has a nice stream profile that my son just loves. Lots of fish to see!

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December 23 2010
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"Great place with a stroller"

This is an easy place to view Lake Tahoe and various ecosystems, all with a stroller. The paths are paved or hard packed. You can also walk to a nice beach to enjoy sun and sand, or just to picnic with a gorgeous view.

The Taylor Creek interpretive center shows salmon, as well as a spot along the trail to measure the water flow by filling up a gallon paint can. This is great for babies in strollers (parents can enjoy a scenic walk without too much hassle) as well as for older kids.

There are also picnic tables right in the parking lot.

There is a small shop selling guides to wildlife, books, posters, maps, and books for kids. You can also get hiking and other information there.

December 23 2010
1 family found this helpful
"Fun with the Family"

Here are exhibits of geology, animal habitats, and history. You can get maps and advice as to trail conditions and campground availability and sign up for a ranger-led interpretive walk. A children’s program called Woodsy Rangers is presented each day.
A four-hour, 5-mile, rather strenuous loop hike from here to the summit of Mount Tallac rewards trekkers with magnificent views at 9,700 feet. For casual strollers and for the handicapped, the Rainbow Trail is a paved path wandering past signs that explain the natural habitat; over one hundred species of wildflowers bloom alongside the trail. The Stream Profile Chamber is a cross section of a real stream habitat filled with rushing water, fish, rocks, plants, and other wildlife. Children can get a peek at the underwater world of a mountain stream through floor-to-ceiling viewing windows and in 12-foot-high murals. In the fall, thousands of visitors come to watch brilliant red spawning salmon wiggle their way from Lake Tahoe up Taylor Creek.

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Salmon season

(4 replies) - on October 04, 2009 21:37

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