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Martis Creek Lake, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Martis Creek Lake, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe
Description - Martis Creek Lake, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe, was created upon the completion of Martis Creek Dam in 1972. The dam, 113 feet high and 2,670 feet long, holds back a lake with a capacity of 20,400 acre feet of water. When full, its surface covers 770 acres. The dam and lake provide flood protection. The lake, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, also provides a focal point for a host of recreation activities. Due to winter weather conditions, the park is closed mid November through early May. The park office, located at Englebright Lake, is open all year. Contact number for April-Novmember is 530-587-8113 and December-March is 530-432-6427.

Attractions -

Twenty-five campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Alpine Meadows Campground. Two campsites are universally accessible and are available for reservation by calling the park office.

No motorized (gas or electric) boats are permitted. Martis Creek Lake was the first "catch and release trophy trout" lake established in California. Varieties include rainbow, brown and lahonton cutthroat trout.

Picnicking facilities, fishing access, interpretive displays and portable restrooms are available at the Sierra View Recreation Area. Hiking trails are nearby throughout the 1,050-acre Wildlife Management Area. Cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing opportunities are available.

Leashed pets are permitted. Golden Age and Golden Access passports are accepted for a 50% discount on single unit fees. Golden Age cards may be purchased with proof of age (62) and American citizenship.

Recreation - Visitors to Martis Creek Lake can enjoy an assortment of recreations. Paddling, day hikes, picnicking, camping, wildlife viewing, and fishing are the predominant outdoor pastimes enjoyed on and around Martis Creek Lake.

Climate - The Martis Creek Lake area generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. Most precipitation falls from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered," ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - Martis Creek Lake is located four miles southeast of Truckee, California, off State Route 267. From Interstate 80, take Hwy 267 south toward Lake Tahoe. Martis Creek Lake is 3 miles south of I-80 on the left.

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Filed By: Robert Seitzler (Reno, NV)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went on Labor Day Weekend. Very relaxing place to spend time with family . Rangers at site have activities set up for the kids on Saturday evenings through the summer. Would be best to call ahead to get a schedule of upcoming events.

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Contact Information:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Martis Creek Lake, P.O. Box 2344 , Truckee, CA, 96160, Phone: 530-587-8113, Fax: 530-639-2175
, martis-info@spk.usace.army.mil

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Official agency website.


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