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The Upper Truckee River
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As the largest watershed in the Tahoe Basin, the Upper Truckee is a very
important waterway. Its headwaters (including tributaries) include the
Stevens Peak and Red
Lake Peak area near Carson Pass, both sides of Echo Peak, the south
and eastern drainages of Ralston Peak, Grass
Lake (meadow), and Big Meadow. These area provide hiking, fishing, mountain
biking (in some areas), and backcountry skiing opportunities to many in
the area. Fishing season for Lake Tahoe tributaries is July 1-September
As the Upper Truckee flows towards Lake Tahoe it becomes more gentle,
especially when it reaches its flood plain. The river flows through the
Lake Tahoe Golf Course and often you will see family and friends tubing
down the river here. Points for entry include the Highway 50 bridge near
South Upper Truckee Blvd. and the Hwy 50 bridge at Sawmill Road. When
the water is high enough you can float all the way to Lake Tahoe.
The final stretch of the river had been straightened during the 50's and
the wetland habitat had been buried by up to six feet of fill during the
construction of the Tahoe Keys subdivision. The Upper Truckee River and
Meadow restoration project has returned much of this to a more natural
condition in efforts to improve Lake Tahoe's declining clarity.
Description of the Upper Truckee watershed.
A Doubtful River - Takes a hard look at man's practices which have turned
the Truckee into what it is today. Focuses mostly on the Truckee, rather
than the upper (see insert from Amazon..com).