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[Also– Open-water] Lake Tahoe is DEEP, and COLD, but its top 3 feet can become refreshingly swimable most Augusts and Septembers, with the water temperature near 70 degrees F, even warmer in the sandy shallows on summer afternoons off South Tahoe, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista and Sand Harbor beaches. To enjoy Tahoe’s water clarity, wear swim goggles or a mask. Or take a dip in the lower Truckee River, basically Lake Tahoe in motion. There are excellent indoor public pools in South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Incline Village

Trail Running See “Hiking” Walking [Also– Handicap access] Paved walking

and bike path options are found throughout the region, with popular strolls including South Lake Tahoe to Tallac Historic Site, the West Shore bike trail from Meeks Bay to Tahoe City, Truckee River bike trail between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley, lakeside trail through Tahoe City to Dollar Hill, and Tunnel Creek Cafe to Sand Harbor in Incline Village. Many of these trails are handicap accessible with long, relatively flat sections. Take the kids on Family Discovery nature trails in Sugar Pine Point State Park. Near Truckee, the paved Truckee River Legacy Trail and dirt trails in Donner Memorial State Park and Martis Valley are all delightful places to raise your heart rate a bit.

Water Skiing

[Also– Wake Boarding, Wake Surfing, Lessons] On a calm summer morning, when the lake’s surface perfectly mirrors the blue sky and green peaks, Tahoe is a water skiing nirvana. West Shore locations are often the most wind protected. Take a waterski lesson from experienced pros at High Sierra Waterski School at Homewood Marina. Tahoe’s marinas rent boats for wake boarding or wake surfing—the latter fun even in minor windchop because it requires slower boat speeds. Pay attention to current weather forecasts before planning any boating trip on Lake Tahoe. Other area lakes with boat launches include Donner Lake and Fallen Leaf Lake.

Zoos To see animals from around the world, head to Animal Ark, located north of Reno, providing sanctuary for orphaned, injured, or non-releasable wildlife. —CHACO MOHLER

A Magical Place for Children of All Ages Clothing from newborn to size 14, a large selection of toys, books, accessories and shoes. Open every day,

10 am until 6 pm.

10104 Donner Pass Road



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