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Fallen Leaf Lake, Fallen Leaf

#155 of 610 in Nature in California
Water Body · Nature / Park
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.
Fallen 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 first visited Fallen Leaf lake while cross country skiing to it back many years ago, and I recall then it was just beautiful with the snowcapped mountains in the background. We visited this time....  more »
  • Stayed at the Fallen Leaf Lake Campgrounds. Great location near Camp Richardson. The lake itself is very pretty with many cabins in the southern edge. We rented a pantoon boat and hit the lake...  more »
  • It's really nice and clean lake. It's peaceful and not much people around like in Lake Tahoe. It's great for peaceful boat ride and relaxing. It's also great for riding bikes and walking on trails amazing. The only bad think is that I lost my shades in Fallen Leaf restuarant while ordering my food in just a minute of time. So, be careful with your personal belongings.
  • One of the most beautiful places. The view is awesome. Trail is easy. You can bring your dog and play fetch in the lake.

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