Visitors expected to flock to Lake Tahoe for Fourth this weekend
With cheap gas prices and a three-day weekend, thousands of visitors are expected to visit Lake Tahoe this Fourth of July weekend.
The holiday, which features fireworks show touted as some of the best in the entire West, is the busiest time of year in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
For those visiting during the holiday and attending one of the firework displays over the lake, expect extremely crowded conditions, excess traffic and road construction.
Work on Cave Rock tunnels will cause delays, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.
“We encourage everyone to visit and enjoy Lake Tahoe,” District Engineer Thor Dyson explained. “But, with many visitors traveling to Lake Tahoe for holidays such as Fourth of July, drivers should plan a little extra travel time for road improvements being made in the Cave Rock area.”
One answer is to consider public transportation during the holiday as holiday traffic and road construction make for extremely crowded roads and parking areas.
“Walk, carpool, or bicycle to avoid limited parking in crowded recreation areas and heavy traffic and delays after the firework displays,” said Lake Tahoe Management Unit spokeswoman Lisa Herron suggested. “The Nifty Fifty Trolley stops at National Forest beaches along the South and West shores of Lake Tahoe. At developed recreation sites, such as Kiva, Tallac Historic Site, Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Echo Lake and Angora Lake resorts, parking is allowed only in designated parking spaces inside the parking lots, not along the roadway. When parking, do not block road access or narrow lanes, which could impede response in an emergency. Where parking on the side of the road is allowed, be careful to not park on vegetation as this can cause damage to the environment and can spark a fire.”
Forest Service offiicials said that because of the Tahoe Basin’s high elevation, visitors should expect intense sunlight during the day and much lower temperatures at night.
They advise residents should bring sunscreen, a jacket, and carry a flashlight.
“Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated,” said Herron. “If planning to camp overnight at a designated campground, make reservations ahead of time at http://www.recreation.gov.”
Herron asked visitors to clean up after themselves.
“Trash and debris left behind after festivities can be harmful and even fatal to wildlife,” she said. “It represents a human health hazard, and degrades Lake Tahoe. Trash cans may become full, so plan ahead and pack out all garbage. Become part of the solution by volunteering for the Adopt-A-Beach program coordinated by the Lake Tahoe Visitor’s Authority and the City of South Lake Tahoe or the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s Annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue beach clean-ups from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 5.”
For more information on the July 4 holiday, visit the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu or call 530-543-2600, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., or the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at 530-543-2674 on weekends and holidays.