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Fallen Leaf Lake, California

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#150 of 623 in Nature in California
Fallen Leaf Lake is a mountain lake located in El Dorado County, California, near the California-Nevada state border, about one mile south of the much larger Lake Tahoe. It is approximately aligned north-to-south and oval in shape, measuring approximately 2.9 miles (4.6 km) on the long axis and 0.9 miles (1.4 km) on the short axis. The lake was created by at least two glaciers that traveled northward down the Glen Alpine Valley. If the glacier had continued instead of stopping, Fallen Leaf Lake would be a bay of Lake Tahoe, similar to nearby Emerald Bay. A terminal moraine is visible at the north end of the lake on the northeast edge.Surrounding landFallen Leaf Lake is located within the National Forest System lands managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, adjacent to El Dorado County. The land surrounding the lake is privately owned, leased from the U.S. Forest Service, and part of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Like some areas where the Forest Service has leased land intermingled with private land, the two land types appear in a mosaic or checkerboard pattern.
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  • We took a chance not knowing how beautiful this place really is. Definitely not a good road to get there but no regrets. My husband and I both agreed it was our favorite spot on our Tahoe trip.  more »
  • Beautiful! The waterfall this time of year is breathtaking. One lane road to get to, small walk. Kids loved it.  more »
  • I would highly recommend visiting this place during offseason, as its very quiet and peaceful. There is small seating area near the boardwalk, where you can sit and enjoy the view. The cafe at this pl...  more »
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  • The road is really narrow, just enough for one car. For passing cars in opposite direction better find as wide spot or a driveway if you can. there are boulders jutting out from hillside that might ding your car if you get too close to let others pass. But the end of the road is really worth the beauty with waterfalls and Lily lake.
  • Absolutely gorgeous! I highly recommend the 8 mile loop hike around the lake. If you’re looking for something shorter, go to the south side and check out the falls. They’re about half a mile from parking. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb out onto the falls a little bit. Of course, I recommend good shoes and caution. However, it’s easy to find a safe place to stick your toes in the water.
  • Always an amazing experience. It's the most beautiful campground in the Tahoe area. Every year we camp here.
  • It was beautiful and peaceful. It's a one lane road in and out so there is a lot of moving to the side of the road to let others pass but it's not a problem because it gives you a chance to look at the amazing view. You can drive right up to the waterfall and park. All the beauty without any of the work. I will definitely be visiting again.
  • I went there last year for a fishing trip with my mother and I had really low expectations and i didn’t really think I was going to catch anything boy was I wrong. When I say a review of the lake and he was claiming that the boat dock was really good for fishing. So I kept that in still having low expectations. The day came and we left our house we were staying that and left to fallen leaf lake. Not even 5 minutes into fishing I was catching fish. It was like instant after dropping down some power bait. I caught about 14 cut throat trout and 1 lake trout for 5 hour of fishing.
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