Taylor Creek Visitor Center

  

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center, operated in partnership with the Tahoe Heritage Foundation, is located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe approximately three miles north of the City of South Lake Tahoe. The visitor center serves as a hub where four fascinating self-guided trails start and is the home of the Stream Profile Chamber and the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater, primary attractions at the visitor center complex. Wilderness and campfire permits and National Recreation Passes may be obtained at the visitor center and the visitor center store has a wide selection of maps, books, T-shirts, hats, stuffed animals and much more available for purchase. The visitor center is open Memorial Day weekend through October. Though the buildings are closed during the winter, the grounds remain open year-round and the site serves as a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing destination. 

The Tahoe Heritage Foundation supports a variety of preservation, restoration and education projects and programs in the Lake Tahoe Basin. It was founded in 1996 to enable a public/private partnership with the USDA Forest Service that manages restoration projects and interpretive activities at the Tallac Historic Site and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

The Stream Profile Chamber, located one-quarter mile down the Rainbow Trail, provides a view of the stream environment and allows visitors to study a diverted section of Taylor Creek through a panel of aquarium-like windows and is a major attraction for local conservation and environmental education programs. A 180 degree curved diorama illustrates life above and below the water and boasts a mural on the walls which shows the four seasons experienced at Taylor Creek. There are also creative informational signs and hidden critters. Be sure to look for the raccoon, crayfish, bats, frog, Stellar Jay, Bald Eagles, butterflies, and the slug! Look carefully, they aren't easy to find! This facility provides a realistic and meaningful experience for all who visit including third and fourth grade students, who participate in the environmental education programs conducted during the fall spawning run of the Kokanee Salmon in Taylor Creek.

Sporting a great look and state of the art equipment, the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater offers special evening programs in July and August. For more information on summer programs, visit http://www.tahoeheritage.org/events-and-programs-2/taylor-creek-visitor-center/.

The Tahoe Heritage Foundation offers a wide variety of merchandise available for purchase at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. Photo credit: Alex Vaughn.

 

The Tahoe Heritage Foundation offers a wide variety of merchandise available for purchase at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
Photo credit: Alex Vaughn, Tahoe Heritage Foundation.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is open daily beginning July 1, 2017, through October 30, 2017.  Restrooms are available at the visitor center during open hours and the Stream Profile Chamber is open daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. through October 30, 2017.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Permit Info: You may obtain wilderness and campfire permits at the visitor center.
Open Season: Memorial Weekend - through October
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May-October
Busiest Season: May-October
Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and on the trails.  Pet owners are expected to clean up after their pets, doggie bags are available.  Please note, pets are not permitted in or near the Taylor Creek Marsh and are not allowed the the Stream Profile Chamber.
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service and the Tahoe Heritage Foundation

General Information

Accessibility:

All facilities at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible, including the Rainbow Trail, Stream Profile Chamber, Lake of the Sky Amphitheater and restrooms. In addition, audiotape tours of the area are available at no charge at the visitor center.  


Parking:

The parking lot at Taylor Creek Visitor Center can accommodate approximately 100 vehicles and includes pull-through bus and RV parking.


Directions:

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located approximately three miles north of the City of South Lake Tahoe on the lake side of SR 89. The visitor center entrance is just past the entrance to the Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake Road.


Directions:

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located approximately three miles north of the City of South Lake Tahoe on the lake side of SR 89. The visitor center entrance is just past the entrance to the Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake Road.


Parking:

The parking lot at Taylor Creek Visitor Center can accommodate approximately 100 vehicles and includes pull-through bus and RV parking.


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Amenities

Picnic tables Yes
Drinking water Yes
Interpretive Site Yes
Toilets Flush
Parking Yes
Accessible Yes