Why Webber Lake Should Be Your First Stop This Summer in Tahoe — by Nick Cisik

No one can deny that summertime in Tahoe is a bringer of pleasure. Each year, after the ski resorts close and the temperatures start their gradual climb up from the blue depths of wintertime frigidity, the snow-capped peaks of the Sierras begin to defrost, releasing their rushing streams of ice cold water. This melt off seeps into the earth, now baking underneath the warmth of a big summer sun. Pine and other natural aromatics fill the air as wild flowers, not to mention wild animals, reestablish their presence. Thousands flock to Lake Tahoe during this most cherished season, taking advantage of ideal temperatures, characterized by warm days (not too hot), cool evenings (not too cold), practically zero humidity, and a constant mountain breeze. Sounds pretty good, right? It is.

Environmental conditions aside, the quality of outdoor recreation is second to none. There is a seemingly limitless amount of adventure outlet offered in and around Lake Tahoe. The question nowadays, what with social media providing access to some of the area’s more remote locales, is what is left to be discovered? Fortunately for us all, the Truckee Donner Land Trust is in existence. They have made it their mission to conserve, manage, and protect our land so that all may enjoy the natural grandeur which defines the Tahoe Basin.

Up until October of 2012, Webber Lake—one of our area’s best-kept-secrets—was privately owned. The TDLT acquired the 3,000 acre property on which Webber Lake, as well as Lacey Meadows is located, making this virtual paradise available to the public.  Now, those looking to camp, fish, hike, kayak and boat, paddle board, run, mountain bike, and swim in quintessential Sierra landscape can do so by making the short 17-mile-drive north of Truckee on Highway 89 and gain access to this beautiful, yet mostly unknown area, providing for days of summertime bliss for the entire family. For a comprehensive breakdown of all things Webber Lake, including detailed directions for seamless access, visit the Truckee Donner Land Trust website. Everything you need know is there for your advantage. Now take it! You won’t be sorry.

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