Get ready for Kokanee Salmon Festival slated for Oct. 7-8 |

Get ready for Kokanee Salmon Festival slated for Oct. 7-8

Staff report

Never mind the fall tree colors in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin. For truly amazing and different, you should see the fish.

The U.S. Forest Service and it’s co-sponsors are preparing themselves for the 16th Kokanee Salmon Festival, planned for Oct. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center at Taylor Creek, 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on California Highway 89.

The Kokanee Salmon Festival at South Lake Tahoe has become one of the most interesting and educational events in Northern California. The family event encourages participation by children and their parents in a wide variety of educational and entertaining events.

This year’s celebrations include a number of events and activities that have become associated with the Salmon Festival. Back this year will be the Salmon Feed, 5K, 10K, and half-marathon trail runs, a children’s run, children’s activities, educational programs and booths, and streamside programs.

Visitors can learn about the natural wonders of Taylor Creek from Forest Service biologists, as they stroll along the Rainbow Trail. This peaceful walk through colorful aspens, willows and meadow grasses will introduce visitors to a beautiful, yet fragile ecosystem unique to the Sierra. As the trail reaches Taylor Creek, kokanee salmon can be seen making their way upstream.

A close-up view of this natural event will be available at the Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber, where visitors can get a below-the-surface view of the kokanee salmon in Taylor Creek.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care will again be serving barbecue salmon plate Saturday and Sunday. For $12, visitors can feast on a barbecue salmon steak (the Pacific Ocean variety), corn on the cob, coleslaw, rolls and a beverage. Other food items will also be available for those that haven’t developed a salmon palate yet. Salmon will be served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and future Kokanee Salmon Festivals. For further information concerning the Salmon feed call (530) 577-CARE (2273).

On Oct. 8th the Tahoe Mountain Milers and Sagebrush Stompers Running Clubs will present the Kokanee Trail Runs. For more information about the Kokanee Trail Runs or to get a run application call (530) 542-3424, or e-mail: Applications are also available at the Visitor Center at Taylor Creek and the Supervisors Office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

For more information on the festival, contact the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center at Taylor Creek at (530) 543-2674.

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