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Taylor Creek
Between Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe, California

Taylor Creeks flows from Fallen Leaf Lake into the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe. It is noted for the annual spawning of Kokanee salmon, a landlocked species of sockeye salmon that has become established in Lake Tahoe.

The aspen groves along the road to Fallen Leaf Lake are among the best places to enjoy Lake Tahoe's fall colors.


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Watching the salmon spawn in Taylor Creek

Watching the salmon spawn in Taylor Creek

In the fall thousands of Kokanee salmon swim up Taylor Creek to spawn in the clean gravel

Taylor Creek, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Managment Unit, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Kokanee salmon breeding in Taylor Creek

Kokanee salmon breeding in Taylor Creek

Kokanee are a landlocked species of salmon that was introduced to Lake Tahoe. They turn bright red when they are ready to spawn.

Taylor Creek, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Managment Unit, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Fish spawning observation deck

Fish spawning observation deck

The Forest Service have built a boardwalk and observation platform specifically so people can view the fall spawning of the Kokanee salmon.

Taylor Creek, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Managment Unit, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Underwater observation at Taylor Creek

Underwater observation at Taylor Creek

A special underwater viewing area allows a uniue look at salmon and other species in Taylor Creek.

Taylor Creek, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Managment Unit, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Brown meadows and yellow aspen

Brown meadows and yellow aspen

Dried out meadows accompany the yellow autumnal colors of the aspen along the Fallen Leaf Road south of Lake Tahoe.

Fallen Leaf Lake Road, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Managment Unit, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Aspens light up a pine forest

Aspens light up a pine forest

Yellow aspens light up a ponderosa pine forest near Fallen Leaf Lake south of Lake Tahoe.

Fallen Leaf Lake Road, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Managment Unit, California

Date photographed: October 22, 2011
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Golden aspen near Fallen Leaf Lake

Golden aspen near Fallen Leaf Lake

An idyllic golden aspen grove between Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake. There was a wedding party posing for photos while we were there.

Fallen Leaf Lake Road, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Managment Unit, California

Date photographed: October 23, 2011
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