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Fishing with Kids at Lake Tahoe

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Taylor Creek: Kids LOVE it!

Running from Fallen Leaf Lake to Kiva Beach at Lake Tahoe is Taylor Creek.This alpine stream is now one of Lake Tahoe's most popular attractions. The entire area, from the underground view stream profile chamber to Kiva Beach, is great for kids. It gives a glimpse through big windows into the alpine stream habitat, as if you are under the water!

The National Forest Service has created interpretive hiking trails throughout the meadow where the creek approaches Lake Tahoe.

On the west side of Highway 89 the stream is a nice walking trail, and you can go to Fallen Leaf Lake Campground. The biggest sign you'll find is the locks controlling the flow from Fallen Leaf Lake. The creek is the only spawning habitat for Tahoe's Kokanee Salmon, a landlocked version of the Sockeye. The fish are very successful here, to the point that the area is used to produce fry to stock other California lakes. Every year (beginning of October), the Forest Service plays host to the Kokanee Festival to educate and celebrate the spawning season.

More About Fishing on the Nevada Side...

Cast your line at a close-by urban pond or venture out to any one of Nevada's remote and- beautiful fishing holes. Chances are, you'll get hooked. Nevada Department of Wildlife has a great site for fish stocking information, new information on hunt units, and changes in boating laws.

Gertrudes tahoe adventures
Gertrude's Tahoe Adventures in Time

This award winning 5-star childrens book is by local Tahoe author Tim Hauserman. Gertrude's Tahoe Adventures in Time, tells the story of Gertrude, a Tahoe girl who meets a magic maiden, Lily Fa Lo. Together they journey on a fast paced adventure through the history of Lake Tahoe. They watch glaciers march, volcanoes erupt and exotic animals graze while becoming forever friends.

Sno-Parks and Sledding Tubing Hills

Sno-Parks > South Lake Tahoe

South Shore Sledding: Across from the South Lake Tahoe airport on Highway 50 south of the "Y". You can't miss it. However, parking is limited, and you can't park on the highway. Bring your own sled, since this is not a commercial hill.

Echo Summit Sno-Park
Hwy. 50 at Echo Summit on the South side of roadway

This snow park location is a former ski area and is a popular tubing hill. There are 3 hillsto choose from. (No lift.)

Hansen's Resort
(530) 544-3361
1360 Ski Run Blvd.

Two 400-foot trails with banked turns. Equipment is furnished.

Heavenly Ski Resort
Top of the Heavenly Gondola Adventure Peak Play Area.

Includes snow tubing, sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Skiers and boarders can spend the day at Heavenly while other family and friends play at the snow park.

(530) 659-7453
Highway 50 East of Echo Summit on Highway 50

A very fun Tahoe tubing hill with a lift system. Great for non-skiers who want fun in the snow. There's a deck with tables where you can also view the fun.

South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena
1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-6056

Fabulous 37,000 sq. ft. indoor official NHL ice arena in South Lake Tahoe. Stating lessons, full service pro shop and rentals and daily public skating sessions.

Taylor Creek Sno-Park
Hwy. 89 north of Camp Richarson

A Little Kids and beginners hill. Lots of fun!

Sno-Parks > North Lake Tahoe

Spooner Summit
Corner of Hwy. 50
and Hwy. 28

Big popular hill! The large sledding and tubing hill is on the southwest corner of Highways 50 and 28. Bring your own sled, since this is not a commercial hill. (A Few Warnings: Do not park on the highway interchange, where you will get a ticket! And, please be especially careful when driving in this area, which is the scene of many high-speed accidents.) Access to parking is from Highway 28. You will need to bring your own equipment.

Playland Snow Park at Boreal
(530) 426-3666

Off I-80 about a half hour up the hill from Lake Tahoe, this park is great for all ages. Includes groomed sledding lanes, outdoor (portable) bathrooms and sleds/saucers are provided. Open from 10am to 4pm during the winter season, conditions permitting.

Granlibakken Ski Area play area
(530) 581-7533
Tahoe City, CA

Granlibakken resort has an area for saucers only. Rentals are available. There is a fee.

North Tahoe Regional Park
(530) 546-4212
To find this sledding and tubing park, go to the end of National Ave, Tahoe Vista, CA

$3 parking fee at the North Tahoe Regional Park. Sled rentals are available. Restrooms. Dogs are OK when on leash.

Northstar at Tahoe Saucer Hill
(530) 562-1010
Includes a tow rope. Saucers can be rented here. Day use fee.

Soda Springs just off I-80
(530) 426-3901
This Snow tube area is the first thing you see when you exit the freeway and it includes a tow rope and groomed runs with banked turns.

Palisades Tahoe Snowtubing
(800) 545-4350


Harrah's Family Fun Center - Check out the new Roadrunners virtual reality motorcycle race. It is one of the many virtual reality games in the Family Fun Center. The kids will love the new indoor playground equipment. They can enjoy two levels of slides, ball pools, climbing areas, lots of games of skill and the latest, coolest and the most "RAD" video and pinball games ever. Ski, racecars and motorcycles, compete with friends and family at dozens of enjoyable and exciting games. And anyone can win points that can be redeemed for lots of awesome stuff. The new Family Fun Center is a safe, well-lit, non-smoking and alcohol free environment. Birthday Parties are also available.

Harveys Virtual Forest Arcade - A fun, exciting environment for "kids" of all ages! You'll marvel at our variety of the newest technology in video and redemption games. Come and ski down alpine slopes, race Daytona cars, wrestle WWF stars or try your skill on redemption games and win plenty of tickets for prizes. Feel the "G" Forces while being a jet pilot or riding the roller coaster or bobsled in the Orbitron, our one-of-a-kind motion simulator. Whether you like battling bad guys, having a shootout with Maddog or riding motorcycles -- if you like fun -- there's something for you! Hours: 10 AM - 10 PM, Sunday thru Thursday; 10 AM - 1 AM, Friday and Saturday.

South Lake Tahoe / Stateline, NV also has a movie theater located at the Horizon Casino.

Ice Arenas

Ice Skating > South Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Village Ice Skating Rink
(530) 543-1423
Hwy. 50 neart he Casinos

Ideally located in the Heavenly Village South Lake Tahoe, this ice skating rink is perfect for the entire family. Kids can ice skate while parents enjoy boutique shopping. The Heavenly Village offers shops, restuarants, arcade, laser tag and movie theatre.

South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena
(530) 542-6262
1176 Rufus Allen Blvd.

South Tahoe Ice Arena is a complete full service ice skating facility. Here you will find a regulation NHL size sheet of ice, locker rooms, snack bar, retail store, arcade and party rooms. This public facility offers ice skating and hockey lessons as well as public skate sessions.

Village Ice Rink at Kirkwood
(209) 258-6000
Located off Hwy. 88 Located at the Kirkwood Ski Resort Village

This ice rink is open daily throughout the winter, weather permitting, from Noon until 6 pm on Saturdays and Holidays, and mid-week from 2pm until 5pm.

Ice Skating > North Lake Tahoe

Olympic Ice Pavilion
(530) 583-6985
Olympic Valley - Palisades Tahoe

This 100' x 200' Olympic Ice Pavilion overlooks Lake Tahoe and is at the top of the Cable Car at High Camp Bath and Tennis Club. Opn daily from 11am to 9pm.

Resort at Squaw Creek
(530) 583-6300
Olympic Valley - Squaw Valley

This outdoor ice skating rink is located in the beautiful Squaw Valley and provides fun for the entire family. Open during the winter season. Yes, you can reserve it for large groups. Open from 9am to 9pm.

More ideas for children's activities at Lake Tahoe...

In South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Trout Farm offers free admission, bait and tackle, no license, no limit and payment for catches only. Sawmill Pond is a fishing hole for children only, located on Lake Tahoe Boulevard at Sawmill Road.

The U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center, located on Highway 89 three miles north of South Lake Tahoe, offers a variety of activities, many perfect for children. Self-guided trails and a stream profile chamber are near the Center, and a program called "Woodsy Rangers" is presented each day for the children. The Visitors Center is open from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm during the summer months.

Tennis courts are at Caesars Tahoe & Harveys and at the Intermediate School, located at Highway 50 and Lyons Avenue (hours 7 am to 10 pm. Doubles $1.75, singles $1.25. Juniors and Seniors $.75 per hour). Call ahead

Peddle along Tahoe's many bike paths. Bicycling is a good outing for the whole family. If you left your own bikes behind, many local shops rent them, along with child seats, including Anderson's Bike Rental on the bike path on Emerald Bay Road, Lakeview Sports on Highway 50 near Regan Beach, and Sierra Cycle Works, on Highway 50 near Safeway in South Lake Tahoe.

A tram ride is exciting! Palisades Tahoe tram can whisk you and your little ones up to the 8200 feet High Camp, where you can gaze out over Lake Tahoe, even have lunch at the High Camp restaurants. On the South Shore, Heavenly's tram carries you on a mile-long excursion up to 8250 feet, where you can grab some munchies at the Top of the Tram. It's here you'll enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of majestic Lake Tahoe and the Sierras.

Everyone in the family, from children to grands, will enjoy the grand view of Lake Tahoe from Heavenly's Scenic Gondola Ride. You can embark on the Gondola in the Heavenly Village. It's a nearly 2 1/2 mile ride up the mountain, and you can stop at the Observation Deck for panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Purchase your tickets at Heavenly Village Ticket Office at the bottom of the mountain and in town near Lake Tahoe Blvd. Gondola rides are subject to availablility, so check or give a call perhaps the day prior to your planned ride. The Gondola usually operates on a daily basis from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and the ticket office is usually open from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Children of all ages enjoy leaning over Fanny Bridge at the Tahoe City "Y" and spotting the giant trout in the water there. Take some bread and feed the fish.

Magic Carpet Miniature Golf, is located on Highway 50 (toward the "Y") 2455 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (530) 541-3787 , 66 holes in all, a 28-hole course and two 19-hole courses, plus a good size arcade. Cost varies according to course and time played. Hours are 10AM to 10PM, weather permitting.

Lake Tahoe Amusement Park is next to Magic Carpet in South Lake Tahoe. Open from 11 am to 10 pm, $1.00 buys a ride on every attraction except the Giant Slide and Bumper Cars. The slide is $1.50 for 20 minutes. (530) 541-1300. 2401 Lake Tahoe Blvd., So. Lake Tahoe.

Horseback riding is fun at Camp Richardson Stables, located on Highway 89. Breakfast and steak dinner rides include a delicious meal on the shores of Fallen Leaf lake. Fun for the entire family. Cost of the trail ride was $16.00 last we heard. The breakfast ride was $28.50, approximately 2.5 hours. The 3-hour dinner ride was $29.50. Children must be 6 years old to ride. Guided tours for children available. Parents need not be present, but must sign a consent form. Reservations required. Call ahead.

Horseback riding at Zephyr Cove Stables, open from 9 am to 6 pm, is located on Highway 50 just past the M.S. Dixie II boat dock. Guided trails on U.S. Forest Service lands. Children must be at least 7 years of age.

City of South Lake Tahoe's Parks and Recreation Department is a good source of inexpensive activities organized for children., such as Youth Summer Day Hikes that introduce your child to practical outdoor skills while having fun. Call South Lake Tahoe (530) 542-6055 or Douglas County (775) 586-7271.

Public beaches on the South Shore are: Nevada Beach, El Dorado Beach, Regan Beach, Pope Beach, Kiva Beach and Baldwin Beach. There are paddleboat, jet ski and other water toy rentals available at area marinas including Camp Richardson Anchorage Marina, off Emerald Bay Road, Ski Run Marina, just off Highway 50 at the lake end of Ski Run Boulevard, Timber Cove Marina, behind the Timber Cove Lodge on Highway 50, and Zephyr Cove Marina, four miles past the casinos on the Nevada side.

Tahoe Bowl bowling is open from 2 to 11 pm, located on Fremont Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.

Tessie's Lake Tahoe Monster Museum and Toy Shop is located at Kings Beach, and it features a video arcade, snack bar, toy store and free admission into the museum.

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