Camp Richardson gets floating new look
Anyone who travels across the lake to the Camp Richardson Resort this summer will be welcomed by a new 475-foot floating pier.
“The new pier is not fixed,” said Michael Mariant, of Camp Richardson’s marketing department. “Lake Tahoe has a tendency to drop in drought years and once that happens, piers become unsightly. Our pier will extend beyond the shelf, so boats will still be able to access the pier and marina even in the most infamous drought years.”
The “state-of-the-art” design was planned and developed with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the League to Save Lake Tahoe. It will be built out of yellow Alaskan cedar, which provides a beautiful contrast against the blue of the lake, Mariant said.
The pier will sport a state-of-the-art lighting system. Instead of traditional overhead lighting, management at Camp Richardson will install lights that will help boaters dock and depart.
“The entire pier will be equipped with a fiber optic lighting system that emits a continuous subtle glow from underneath the bullrail,” Mariant said. “It is a one-of-a-kind lighting system and this is the first place it has ever been installed.”
By providing light near the water’s edge, the belief is the pier will not only be more visible at night, but the reflection on the water, which can also cause some problems for boaters, will be pretty much nonexistent.
At the end of the pier there will be a pump-out station and several fuel pumps. The floating pier will be added to the existing fixed pier, extending the total length to 710 feet. It will be able to accommodate 45 boats, and will be accessible to the latest public water transportation vehicles.
The final sections of the floats were placed on Wednesday. The goal is to have the pier open Monday. A special ribbon cutting will be held July 1.
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