Lake may be surrounded by markers |

Lake may be surrounded by markers

Visitors should begin to notice milepost markers cropping up on the California side of the South Shore.

The markers, already on the North Shore for three years, are part of a plan to make it easier for tourists to find area businesses, beaches, bike routes and other attractions.

With $107,000 of grant funding from the California Tahoe Conservancy, the California side of Lake Tahoe will now be covered with mile-markers, and the hope is Nevada will follow suit to complete the 72-mile circle. The estimated cost to complete the Nevada side is $60,000.

“When it becomes most useful is when the whole system is in place,” said Bob Kingman, program analyst for the Conservancy.

The $800 cedar post markers begin at Tahoe City’s Fanny Bridge and ascend in number clockwise around the lake.

Although the Nevada Department of Transportation has completed planning for markers on the Nevada side, funding sources are still being sought, Kingman said.

“The idea was to put a uniform design around the lake, not affected by jurisdictional boundaries,” Kingman said.

The program was initiated by the Tahoe Coalition of Recreation providers, a nonprofit organization comprising 350 recreation providers around the Tahoe Basin.

The markers were installed in Placer County along State Routes 89 and 28 in the fall of 1998, but now include markers in El Dorado County along U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 89.

The South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce will be responsible for the maintenance of the markers on the South Shore, said President Dennis Crabb, the Tahoe Transportation District, which received Conservancy grant funds for the project.

Crabb said the markers are part of an ongoing effort to make Tahoe more tourist friendly.

The posts are also expected to serve as an advertising tool for Lake Tahoe businesses looking for a landmark to identify their locations. North Shore businesses have already responded favorably to the signs, Kingman said.

In addition, markers should be included in upcoming visitor guides once they are installed around the entire lake, said Ron McIntyre, of the North Tahoe Resort Association.

“We’re a real supporter of the road markers,” he said. “I think they provide a little something special to the Tahoe Basin.”

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