Autumn Fish Fest returns to South Lake Tahoe this weekend |

Autumn Fish Fest returns to South Lake Tahoe this weekend

U.S. Forest Service's Fall Fish Fest returns on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2.
Courtesy / U.S. Forest Service

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What: Fall Fish Fest

When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Tickets: Free

Info: 530-543-2674

As the seasons begin to change, Kokanee salmon start their fall migration. This weekend, the U.S. Forest Service celebrates the annual event with its Fall Fish Fest, held at Taylor Creek Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2.

“The Fall Fish Festival focuses on a variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its rivers. In addition to the Kokanee, these species include the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and little-known smaller fish, such as speckled dace,” states the U.S. Forest Service website.

Over the years, festival activities have included a treasure hunt, fish painting, ice cream truck and visits from mascots such as Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Sandy and Rocky Salmon.

The giant inflatable fish returns this year, and Smokey Bear might even pay a visit.

“From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, visitors can learn about the natural wonders of Taylor Creek from Forest Service biologists as they stroll along the accessible half-mile loop Rainbow Trail.

“This peaceful walk meanders through forests, meadows and marsh lands to the creek where the Kokanee salmon spawn within a few feet of your own feet. A close-up view of this natural event is available in the underground Stream Profile Chamber located along the Rainbow Trail path,” according to the site.

The two-day event is free to attend. Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located at Visitor Center Road in South Lake Tahoe.

— Lake Tahoe Action

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