Area Activities

Fishing in Fallen Leaf Lake and Nearby Waters

fishingThere is no shortage of fishing around our California conference center.  Whether you prefer fishing in Fallen Leaf Lake or in a nearby river, you’ll find what you are looking for here.

Fallen Leaf Lake is the second largest lake in the Tahoe area.  The fishing is typically very good and is accessible from the boat dock or by boat.  Rainbows, Mackinaw and Brown Trout are the most frequently caught fish.  You even see an occasional Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.  You can fish Fallen Leaf Lake year round.

If you are looking to fish beyond Fallen Leaf Lake, check out Lake Tahoe which is home to numerous fishing charters and rental boats.  In some places, you can fish from shore (typically on the eastern side).  Lake Tahoe is home to Brown and Rainbow Trout along with Mackinaw and Kokanee Salmon.

Prefer fishing on rivers?  Check out the Upper Truckee River between July 1st and September 30th.  The fishing here tends to be best near the entrance to Lake Tahoe.  Another good river is the Carson River (both the East and West Forks).  The East Fork of the Carson River is the longest un-dammed river in the eastern Sierra and is very scenic.  It is home to Lahotan Cutthroat, Brown and Rainbow Trout and Whitefish.  If you plan to fish the area rivers, contact Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Guide Service at (530) 541-8208 for expert advice.

Whether your casting is successful or not, with the fresh air and beautiful views, you’ll have a great timefishing during your stay at the Stanford Sierra Conference Center. Be sure to procure the proper fishing license for the area you are fishing.

Looking for a guide?  Try Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

Horseback Riding

horsebackDuring your stay at our Lake Tahoe conference center set aside some time for horseback riding.  Riding is a great way to access the Sierra Nevada mountains.  You’ll find incredible views of surrounding mountains and lakes. Be sure to bring proper clothing and equipment as the weather can change quickly.  Horseback riding is a great activity for families with most guide services catering to a wide range of skill levels.   Ride to Dicks Lake on the Bayview Trail or check out the Rim trail for many miles of riding.  Regardless of where you choose to horseback ride, you’ll have a great experience.

Nearby Horseback Riding Outfitters:

Camp Richardson’s Corral – (530) 541-3113 Breakfast and dinner horseback rides. Located on Fallen Leaf Road.

Cascade Stables
– (530) 541-2055 1-2 hour rides in addition to breakfast and dinner rides.  Enjoy fishing.  You can combine riding and fishing into one great day.

Lazy K Pack Station
– (209) 258-7433 Located at Kirkwood Ski and Summer Resort.  Great views.

Zephyr Cove Stables
– (775) 588-5664 Guided horseback riding from 1 ½ hours to breakfast, lunch and dinner rides.  Open April through mid-November.


bikingWhether you prefer road, paved bike paths or mountain biking, you will find excellent riding just a few miles from Stanford Sierra Conference Center. Nearby cycling spots offer some of the most scenic riding in the country.If you are looking for a mellow cruise, you can access the Pope-Baldwin Bike Path at the intersection of Fallen Leaf Road and Highway 89.  The Pope-Baldwin Beach Trail is a flat 3.4—mile paved bike path that meanders past beautiful Camp Richardson, the Tallac Historic Site and the Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber and Visitor Center. Road cyclists can choose from two excellent rides either to Emerald Bay and around Lake Tahoe or up and over Luther Pass to Hope Valley.  If you choose the heart—pumping climb up to Emerald Bay, you are rewarded with amazing views of Cascade Lake, Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe.  If you are looking for a long climb, ride over Tahoe Mountain Road then to North Upper Truckee Road then South Upper Truckee Road and climb up Luther Pass on Highway 89. Mountain bikers will find excellent single track with some fun and beginner friendly rock gardens at the south end of Fallen Leaf Lake.  For a longer ride, The Gun Mount Trail is a tame but beautiful rollercoaster of a cruise along the base of Angora Ridge and Echo Peak, parallel to North Upper Truckee Rd. There are hairpin curves in dense forest, occasional clearings – one with a pond, small streams to cross and some exceptional scenery at times. This trail is usually in great shape.For more detailed directions to any of the rides, ask at the office during your visit to our California conference center.

South Lake Tahoe Golf

golfSouth Lake Tahoe golf courses present the opportunity to play a round on a course that offers challenging topography along with beautiful scenery. Additionally, California’s consistently perfect weather conditions allow golfers to focus on enjoying the game, lining up the next shot, and taking in the mountain vistas. During your next visit to California for a conference at Stanford Sierra, set aside a day to visit one of the following local golf courses in South Lake Tahoe.

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course is an 18 hole course designed by William Bell for players of all levels. Complementing their excellent practice facilities and driving range, Lake Tahoe Golf Course also offers breakfast and lunch service, cart rentals, a cocktail bar, rental clubs, a golf shop, and a Nike Golf learning center. From the course, which is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, there are beautiful views of the High Sierra and the Upper Truckee River. Tee times can be reserved online up to 60 days in advance. The Lake Tahoe Golf Course is located a little over eight miles from Stanford Sierra Conference Center.


Bijou Golf Course is a 9 hole family golf course that is owned by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and operated by the City of South Lake Tahoe. A par 32 golf course with 2,002 yards, amenities at Bijou include a pro shop, rentals, a snack bar, and a putting green. Bijou Golf Course is open daily from 7:30am until 6:00pm.

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is situated in the heart of a scenic mountain landscape on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Designed by George Fazio, Edgewood Tahoe presents a unique and fun challenge to players no matter their skill level. Along the course, players will find four sets of tees at each hole, varying the yardage of the course anywhere from 5,567 yards to 7,445 yards. For avid golfers, playing a round at Edgewood Tahoe is an experience that cannot be missed, as the course has been rated one of “America’s Top Golf Courses” by Golf Digest Magazine.

Tahoe Paradise Golf Course is the South Lake Tahoe golf course to visit for a fun round of golf at a reasonable price. An 18 hole course, golfers have the opportunity to select from walking and riding rates. Amenities at Tahoe Paradise include lessons, club fitting, a pro shop, and a snack bar.

Be sure to schedule some time during your next conference in California for a round of golf at one of these golf courses in South Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe Golf Club
2500 Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 577-0788
Bijou Golf Course
3464 Fairway Avenue
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 542-6097
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
100 Lake Parkway
Lake Tahoe, NV 89449
Golf Shop: (775) 588-3566
Restaurant: (775) 588-2787
Tahoe Paradise Golf Course
3021 US Hwy 50
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 577-2121