Whether he is an avid mountain biker or a Sunday hiker, it’s not too late to get the perfect gift for your Tahoe trail loving Dad! A donation in your father’s or loved one’s name supports annual trail work so they can continue to enjoy their favorite trails for years to come. To donate to the Tahoe Trails Endowment visit tahoefund.org/tahoetrailsendowment.
Incline Village, Nev. (May 15, 2021) – With construction underway on Spooner Lake’s future Visitor Center and Amphitheater, local officials, private donors, and stakeholders gathered at the site to celebrate the highly anticipated improvement project with an official groundbreaking ceremony.
The Spooner Lake and Backcountry Management Area of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park (LTNSP) offers diverse and highly sought-after recreational opportunities for both local residents and visitors from around the world. Established in 1981, Spooner Lake is one of Nevada’s most prized recreational resources within Nevada’s system of State Parks. The park is a popular four-season destination for hikers, mountain bikers, anglers, equestrian users, snowshoers and cross-country skiers, and a wide variety of nature lovers.
In 2018, Nevada State Parks teamed up with partners from the Nevada Division of State Lands, the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team, the Washoe Tribe and the Tahoe Fund to reimagine Spooner Lake. With more than 150,000 visitors a year, 60 miles of trails and 13,000 acres of wilderness to explore, the goal was to create a trailhead facility that matched the splendor of Spooner’s beautiful backcountry. The one-of-a-kind facilities at Spooner Lake will provide a magical environmental education venue for people of all ages.
The new visitor center and amphitheater will serve as the heart of Spooner’s natural and cultural history programs and ranger-led hikes and tours, as well as provide an immersive environmental education and science venue for students. The project will also serve as a major portal to the expansive and spectacular non-motorized primitive wilderness within the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak expressed his support of the Spooner Lake Park improvement projects: “Breaking ground on the new Spooner Lake and Backcountry Visitor Center and Amphitheater is a historic milestone reflecting Nevada’s celebrated outdoor heritage, and will provide all Nevadans, families and visitors with accessible, affordable, and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities for generations to come. In addition to providing new opportunities for the public to connect with nature and explore the beautiful backcountry around Spooner Lake, these projects will solidify the entire east shore of Lake Tahoe as a world-class recreation destination. As recreation demand continues to rapidly grow, programs that focus on environmental education and stewardship are key to providing a quality recreation experience and strengthening Nevada’s economy, while protecting our precious natural and cultural resources simultaneously. I thank all of the public and private partners for working together to make this project a reality. This public-private collaboration is the perfect example of how we can come together to make remarkable things happen.”
“We are so thankful to the Tahoe Fund donors who generously provided $300,000 in private funding to help secure the public funds necessary to make this dream project happen,” said Tahoe Fund CEO Amy Berry. “Congratulations to Nevada State Parks and all the partners for breaking ground on these much needed improvements that will support the users and the natural environment.”
This project is part of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program and is a public-private collaboration between the Nevada Division of State Parks, the Nevada Division of State Lands, the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team, the Washoe Tribe, and the Tahoe Fund. It is made possible by public bond funds, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Nevada Lake Tahoe License Plate Program, as well as the generous donations made through the Tahoe Fund by individuals and foundations who want to help ensure a sustainable Lake Tahoe for future generations.
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Donations will close the gap needed to create a safer, more enjoyable experience for bikers and hikers descending from the Flume Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (June 1, 2021) – The loose, sandy descent at the end of the iconic Flume Trail has long been an issue for mountain bikers and hikers alike. Riders have been known to go over their handlebars due to the deep sand, and conflicts between user groups descending Tunnel Creek from the Flume Trail and Tahoe Rim Trail are increasing in frequency. To relieve the pressure and create a safer, more enjoyable experience for everyone, the Tahoe Fund is launching a matching campaign with the help of one of its donors to help close the funding gap needed to build a new singletrack trail adjacent to the road. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Spaht family until the campaign goal of $50,000 is reached.
Once built, the Tunnel Creek Singletrack will be a 2.3-mile multi-use trail that provides users with a less stressful alternative when descending from the Marlette Flume Trail, the Incline Flume Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail. Expected to be completed in two phases, Phase 1 construction can begin later this summer once the funds are raised.
“Trail projects like this aid in our effort to create new opportunities for sustainable recreation within the Tahoe Basin,” said Kevin Marshall, Tahoe Fund board member. “The fact that this trail has the potential to make the user experience better for two distinct user groups makes it a top priority and one we’re excited to get behind. We are so grateful to the Spaht Family for helping us get there twice as fast with their matching donation.”
“Great Basin Institute is very excited to begin implementing boots on the ground initiatives associated with this important recreation project for the Lake Tahoe Basin. It has been a pleasure working with the project partners during the planning and design phases of the project and we are looking forward to starting construction in 2021,” said Kevin Dose, deputy director of Great Basin Institute. “We would like to thank the Tahoe Fund and Spaht Family for their efforts to secure the required funding to make this important project a reality!”
The project partners, consisting of Great Basin Institute and the Nevada Conservation Corps program, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA), Nevada State Parks, Flume Trail Bikes, Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Tunnel Creek Lodge have secured an $80,000 grant from Nevada State Parks through the Recreation Trails Program for Phase 1. The Tahoe Fund aims to raise $50,000 to complete construction of Phase 1 and to provide funding to secure the next grant needed for Phase 2.
Watch the new Tunnel Creek Singletrack video here.
The Tahoe Fund was able to provide critical funding to 32 different environmental improvement projects around Lake Tahoe with $1 million in grants in our last fiscal year. These private funds will be used to leverage more than $4 million in public funds, adding to the $50 million we have leveraged in the last 10 years. As our portfolio of projects has grown, so has the support of our Tahoe community and businesses.
Visit tahoefund.org/projects to see a full list of our Tahoe Fund projects.