Located one mile south of Lake Tahoe near the California and Nevada border, Fallen Leaf Lake (6,377 feet) is a great location for group retreats, recreation, relaxation, and access to the wilderness. The lake is oval in shape and aligned north to south and roughly 3 miles wide and 1 mile long. Fallen Leaf Lake has an average depth of 240 feet with the deepest point at 415 feet deep.
Glaciers flowing down the Glen Alpine Valley created Fallen Leaf Lake. An excellent example of the lake’s glacial formation is the terminal moraine visible along the northern end of the lake. Cathedral Peak and Mount Tallac (9,735 feet) are at the Southern end of Fallen Leaf and are popular hiking destinations. Fallen Leaf Lake is located within the National Forest System and is managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Spring snow melt feeds much of the lake with cold water from Glen Alpine Creek on the south end. The flow tapers off in late summer and fall depending on snowfall from the previous winter. It takes eight years to cycle entirely new water in Fallen Leaf Lake. This is extremely fast compared to Lake Tahoe which exchanges its water every 700 years. Fallen Leaf has good water quality and visibility ranging from 40 to 50 feet.
Fallen Leaf Lake is known for great water activities including water skiing, sailing. kayaking, wake boarding, and rowing. Fishing for trout is also popular. During your stay at our California retreat center, you can check out a stand up paddle board, kayak, peddle-boat, or sailboat from our boat dock and paddle, peddle, or sail across Fallen Leaf Lake!