The 2018 Fall Fish Festival is Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7. This free annual event at Lake Tahoe offers things of interest for both kids and adults, and gives everyone a chance to learn more about Kokanee salmon and other fish swimming the waters of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is the location for the Fall Fish Festival. Besides a chance to watch bright red salmon on their fall spawning run, the event includes lots of activities for children, informational booths by various agencies involved with wildlife and Lake Tahoe, and food and drink vendors. You can take a stroll on the Rainbow Trail to the stream profile chamber and see what life is like below the surface of Taylor Creek.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is three miles north of the town of South Lake Tahoe on Hwy. 89 (locally known as Emerald Bay Road). It is a right turn (toward the lake), just past the Tallac Historic Site turnoff. There is a big parking lot, but it can fill up during the Fall Fish Festival. The best tactic is to get there early. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Traffic note: Nearby Camp Richardson Resort holds its annual Oktoberfest during this same weekend. Come prepared for extra heavy traffic and be alert for wandering pedestrians.

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Labor Day presents numerous choices of things to do in the Reno / Tahoe area during this last long holiday weekend of summer. The biggest deal is the Nugget Rib Cook-Off right here in Sparks.

Other choices for Labor Day activities include beaches at Lake Tahoe, hiking, picnicking at area parks, cooling off at any of numerous local swimming pools and water play places, going to the movies, visiting museums, and more. There are Labor Day activities in Virginia City as well. Have fun and be safe while enjoying this traditional end-of-summer holiday.

If you are going to be playing outdoors, be aware that the fire danger is extremely high and there are lots of restrictions in force right now. Be extra careful with BBQs and any other fire you may use. If in doubt, do without. The forest you save may be the one you are standing in.

Washoe County staff leads these “Walk with Washoe” hikes at various locations. Outings are on Tuesday evenings and are free and open to the public. These are moderate strolls of 2 miles or a bit less. Here are the remaining hikes in the 2018 series…

  • August 21 at 6:30 p.m., Galena Creek Regional Park – 2 miles – Meet at: Bearmat Group Picnic Area
  • September 18 at 5:30 p.m., Lockwood Trailhead Loop – 1.2 miles – Meet at: Parking lot near restrooms
  • October 2 at 5:30 p.m., Ballardini Trailhead – 2 miles – Meet at: Ballardini Trailhead parking lot

Late summer is a good time to take a hike on your own around the Reno area, assuming it isn’t too hot and the air is free of wildfire smoke. That, of course, is subject to rapid change these days. My “Reno Area Hiking and Walking Trails” article is a good place to start when looking for a suitable trail.

Here are some of the hikes I have done and can recommend…

There is another hiking series taking place right now. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading “Discover Your Parks Walks” at a different park every week through September.

Attention dog owners – It’s the law to keep dogs on leash at all times in designated congested areas of Washoe County and in Nevada State Parks. It doesn’t matter if your dog is “friendly.” Other users of public trails do not want to be approached and/or threatened by unleashed dogs. They don’t enjoy piles of dog poop all over the place, either. Be considerate of others using our trails – leash your dogs and pick up the poop.

Tahoe Meadows Trailhead, hiking, Reno, Nevada

Photo © Stan White