10 Ways to Enjoy Truckee & Lake Tahoe Responsibly This Summer

Face covering downtown Truckee

With positive COVID-19 cases increasing in California, Nevada, and across the country, Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities are appealing to travelers to wear masks to help keep businesses open and have outlined how to prepare in advance to make the most of time they have planned in the mountains this summer. 

Ten Ways to Enjoy Truckee and Lake Tahoe (With Your Mask!)

Coffebar Truckee woman wearing face mask

#1 Wear Your Face Mask

Face coverings are now required in California in public places with some exceptions. Whether you’re planning to eat out at a restaurant, shop at a retail store, or hike on local trails, make sure to pack a face covering. Wear one to take care of yourself and others safe and to keep places like Truckee and Tahoe open for business. Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Wear a Face Covering.

#2 Know Before You Go

Set yourself up for a success and plan for COVID restrictions ahead of your visit. Start by reading through the following “Know Before You Go” details compiled by North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, and Truckee if you plan to spend time in any of these regions. Then, contact your hotel or lodging properties and other businesses directly for clarity on their individual policies and guidelines.

Jax at the Tracks server wearing a face mask

#3 Choose Outdoor Dining

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, local ordinances have been relaxed to allow for more outdoor dining in Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Seek out the region’s best patios, porches, and decks for your next meal. Don’t forget your mask when you get ready to eat out. You’ll need it while waiting to get into restaurants, breweries, and bars but can remove it when you are seated at your table and at least 6 feet from other parties.

Family at Donner Lake

#4 Spread Out Over 40 Public Beaches

Explore little known hidden gems, find out how to get there and which beaches have exactly what you’re looking for. Learn about Lake Tahoe’s beaches, West End Beach Park at Donner Lake, and Truckee’s lakes, reservoirs, and rivers

Hiking in Truckee

#5 Enjoy the Mountains Without a Campfire or Fireworks

Fire safety remains a top priority for the region and Truckee’s district wide fire ban went into effect June 15. All campfires and anything that burns solid fuel are prohibited. Campfires continue to be the leading cause of wildfires in the Tahoe Basin; it is important for visitors and residents alike to know that open-flame devices and all fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers are not permitted. Fire restrictions are also in effect in North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe.

Hiking with face coverings

#6 Go for a Hike With Your Household

Venture out and consider seeking out some of Tahoe-Truckee’s less traveled trails. Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll for the whole family, or a longer trek with steep switchbacks and stunning views, there’s something for everyone. Find the perfect hike in North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe or Truckee.

Wear a face mask and practice social distancing on Truckee's Legacy Trail

#7 Explore on a Bike!

Whether you prefer paved paths or dirt trails, Lake Tahoe and Truckee have an extensive trail network for cycling enthusiasts of all experience levels to enjoy. From the new Tahoe East Shore Trail to paved trails that surround the lake and the Truckee Legacy Trail, to mountain bike trails throughout the region, make a plan and ride in North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe or Truckee.

Paddleboarding on Donner Lake

#8 Get on the Water

There are plenty of ways to experience Truckee and Lake Tahoe’s high alpine lakes. Kayak. Standup paddleboard. Wakesurf. Water ski. Parasail. Jet ski. Explore the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. Human-powered or not, the options are extensive. Rental operators and experiences are linked on destination websites: South Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe, and Truckee.

Truckee Tahoe golf course

#9 Hit the Greens

Lake Tahoe and Truckee are home to some of the finest golf courses in the High Sierra. Gather your family foursome and schedule a tee time at one of the area’s courses. Find a variety of mountain courses on destination websites: Truckee, South Lake Tahoe and North Lake Tahoe.

Curious to try other outdoor adventure activities? Discover Squaw Valley’s Tahoe Via Ferrata, Northstar California’s Scenic Lift Rides and Hiking, or the Truckee Bike Park

#10 Feel Good About Doing Your Part – Leave No Trace

Other rules and regulations are changing fast, but one thing remains the same – whether recreating at the beach, on the trail or elsewhere in Tahoe and Truckee, you can help Take Care of Tahoe by packing out and securing trash, cleaning up after dogs, not leaving cigarette butts behind, or allowing any kind of pollutant into the lake. Learn how to keep Tahoe and each other healthy and safe at takecaretahoe.org.

Enjoy Truckee and Lake Tahoe responsibly this summer! Follow these tips from North Lake Tahoe on responsible travel this summer to the Truckee/Tahoe region:

Traveling Responsibly in North Lake Tahoe from North Lake Tahoe on Vimeo.

Siobhan Kenney

About Siobhan Kenney

Siobhan traveled the American West as a National Park Ranger before setting down roots in Truckee. Outdoor adventure is her bread and butter and most days you can find her skiing, trail running, or backpacking.  Follow along with her adventures on Instagram @siokenney.