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South Lake Tahoe
California

The City of South Lake Tahoe consists of a forested residential area between Highway 50 and the lakeshore, and a long commercial strip along the highway all the way to the Nevada border. Houses range from old-fashioned summer cabins to impressive mansions, some with amazing views over the lake. Lakeshore access is mostly blocked by private property.

Lake Tahoe's exceptional purity and clarity has been compromised by erosion from forestry and development, fertilizer from lawns and golf courses, and the nutrients contained in treated sewage. To eliminate that last factor, all South Tahoe sewage is pumped, after treatment, over the mountains to the south into the basin of the Carson River.

See also: Upper Truckee River

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Manhole in the Truckee Marsh at South Lake Tahoe

Manhole in the Truckee Marsh at South Lake Tahoe

The manhole marks the line of the master sewer system which collects wastewater from developed areas around Lake Tahoe and exports it over the watershed divide to the West Walker River. This prevents the nutrients in processed sewage from enriching, and thus polluting, Lake Tahoe.

South Tahoe, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Truckee Marsh from South Tahoe

Truckee Marsh from South Tahoe

The South Tahoe development ends abruptly at the dge of the Truckee Marsh, an important wildlife area.

South Tahoe, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Houses facing Truckee Marsh

Houses facing Truckee Marsh

Most of the city of South Lake Tahoe is in the forest, but one rank of homes face onto the Truckee Marsh.

South Tahoe, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Truckee Marsh beach

Truckee Marsh beach

The narrow beach long the Truckee Marsh is partly blocked off to protect endangered shoreline vegetation.

South Tahoe, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Regan Park on Lake Tahoe

Regan Park on Lake Tahoe

A South Tahoe city park, Regan Park has a nice beach and a lawn with a great view.

South Tahoe, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Highway 50 on the shore of Lake Tahoe

Highway 50 on the shore of Lake Tahoe

Highway 50 runs parallel to the south shore of Lake Tahoe, but only for this one short stretch is it right along the water.

South Tahoe, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Tahoe Queen paddlewheel at South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Queen paddlewheel at South Lake Tahoe

The Tahoe Queen paddlewheeler makes frequent sightseeing loops around the south end of Lake Tahoe.

South Lake Tahoe, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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