Tahoe Fund helped connect donors with the following three projects that will improve the environment and enhance recreational opportunities in Lake Tahoe.
Blackwood Creek Restoration/Eagle Rock Trail, West Shore
Lead Agency: California Tahoe Conservancy
The Lower Blackwood Creek and Eagle Rock Restoration Project will restore one of Tahoe’s most impaired watersheds and create a spectacular new trail on the lake’s west shore, just five miles south of Tahoe City. The project is the final piece of a comprehensive interagency effort to restore the watershed. Blackwood Creek contributes over 1900 tons of fine sediment per year to Lake Tahoe, more per unit of area than any other watershed in the Tahoe Basin. Through a collaborative effort led by the California Tahoe Conservancy, the creek and its riparian areas will be restored, fish and wildlife habitat will be improved, and an interpretive kiosk will be installed. A new trail will also be built to the summit of Eagle Rock, providing a 20-minute walk to stunning views of nearly all of Lake Tahoe. Camping, picnic tables, restrooms, and beach access are just minutes away at Kaspian Campground and Day Use Area to the north and Sugar Pine Point State Park to the south.
Rabe Meadow Bike Trail, South Shore
Lead Agencies: Carson City, Douglas County, Incline Village General Improvement District, Nevada Division of State Parks, Nevada Division of State Lands, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Transportation District, USDA Forest Service, Washoe County, Nevada Department of Transportation, Lake Tahoe License Plates, Federal Highway Administration and the Washoe Tribe
The Rabe Meadow Bike Path is a key segment of the Lake Tahoe Bikeway, a proposed new bike and pedestrian route around Lake Tahoe. The Bikeway will link communities around the lake, improve air quality, and provide a breathtaking recreational amenity for Tahoe residents and visitors. The 3-mile Rabe Meadow segment will extend from the Nevada/California border in Stateline, Nevada to Round Hill Pines Resort. This segment will provide a direct connection from the south shore’s major tourist and lodging corridor to several residential, shopping, school, and beach areas. The bike path will also include environmentally sensitive design features, including boardwalks over wetland areas, and connections to major transit hubs.
Incline/3rd Creek Restoration, North Shore
Lead Agencies: IVGID, US Army Corps of Engineers, Nevada Division of State Lands
The Third and Incline Creek watershed is Nevada’s highest priority restoration project in Lake Tahoe. It contributes more fine sediment that damages the clarity of Lake Tahoe than any other watershed in Nevada. The first two phases of this collaborative interagency project were completed in 2009 and 2010 by the Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID), the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Nevada Division of State Lands. Portions of Third Creek were restored, culverts were replaced, and new bridges were built. The final phase will include stream restoration improvements on Third Creek from Lakeshore Drive to Lake Tahoe, and on Third and Incline Creeks from Incline Way to State Route 28. To allow for safe, stabilized foot traffic across both creeks, pedestrian bridges and stairs have been included in the project design. The project will significantly improve water quality, improve fish passage, and provide a recreational amenity in the heart of Incline Village.