Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Truckee River Rafting Season Opening

The following media alert was released yesterday from North Lake Tahoe Resort Association:

The dam gates are open and the river is flowing, and rafting along North Lake Tahoe’s scenic Truckee River from Tahoe City to River Ranch is now open.

Tahoe City-based Mountain Air Sports/Truckee River Rafting opened today, Friday, August 5. Truckee River Raft Company anticipates opening, Saturday, August 6. The companies offer self-guided, five-mile floats down the Truckee River.

The delay in this summer’s rafting season was due to a banner snow year and lingering snowpack, which kept downstream flows above the federally regulated minimums required before water can be let out of Lake Tahoe.

Most trips are leisurely and take two to three hours to complete, with patrons exiting at River Ranch Lodge near Alpine Meadows Road along Highway 89. Guests can park in Tahoe City and take free shuttles back to their vehicles after the float anytime before 6 p.m. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily (weather permitting) and footwear is mandatory. Trips include parking, shuttle, paddles, life jackets and commercial rafts for 2-20 people. Group rates are available.

For more information about North Lake Tahoe rafting rentals and companies visit

Squaw Valley Mountain Run

Photo Credit Alena Grace Photography

Looking for a challenge? Are you an altitude athlete? Do you love Squaw Valley terrain?

Lace up your running shoes for the 31st annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run. This 3.6 mile run begins at the base of Squaw Valley, at 6200ft above sea level and finishes at an excruciating 8200ft. Although a short distance, the 3.6 climb in elevation is sure to bring out the toughest racers around. For those who don’t wish to push themselves that much they can walk the course or take the tram up. Or you could take a lovely self-guided flower walk in the high mountain meadows of Squaw Valley.

Pre-register now!

Commons Beach Live Concerts

It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon in Lake Tahoe and the whole family is up for a shoreline picnic. Grab your beach chairs, a great spread and head on down to Common’s Beach for free live music. Concerts at Commons Beach begin at 4:30pm and usually run until 7pm. It has been a highly popular event this year, and you definitely want to arrive early to snag a great spot.

Next Sunday, July 24th,  features The Eric McFadden Trio. The season runs until September 4th as the “Grand Finale” with The Mother Hips and The Beer Gardeners.

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