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Fallen Leaf Lake, California

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#178 of 403 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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  • August 9, 2017
    Spent a day in this area. If you enjoy nature, the flowing river, small water falls and lovely woods make it a must place to visit. Lovely blue sky adds to the beauty.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    About 30 minutes from the Stateline casinos, after winding through a neighborhood, and then traveling the last few miles along the east shore on a one-lane road, you will arrive at the Fallen Leaf Lak...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    there are several hiking trails around the lake. it wasn't crowded on thursday afternoon when we drove in following the fallen leaf lake campground sign. we parked at a day use lot and took a short hi...  more »
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  • June 7, 2016
    Easy hike with big rewards in views. Beach was moderately crowded but it was the Sunday of Memorial Day long weekend. Still managed to find a nice log to sit on.
  • August 3, 2016
    Gorgeous lake with nice trails around it. Be aware of bear living around the lake though.
  • May 18, 2016
    Great lake with beautiful view of Mt. Tallac. Can get crowded with tourist though.

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