Nature & Wildlife

Nature & Wildlife

The Lake Tahoe Basin is home to many animals both on land and in water. Here are a few you may see on your visit. Please remember to exercise caution and do not feed or approach the wildlife. 

Black Bear

Black bears are common visitors in this area, both day and night. Food, beverages and ice chests must be stored in bear-resistant containers and garbage must be disposed of in the bear-proof garbage containers.

It's against state law to knowingly feed bears. To learn how to "Be Bear Aware" visit US Forest Service - Be Bear Aware.

Yellow-Bellied Marmot

The marmot can be found at elevations of 6,500 feet and higher during summer months. Marmots enjoy playing and grooming one another as well as basking in the sun.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer can often be seen grazing in the meadows in the mornings and evenings. 


Many birds inhabit Lake Tahoe which is a draw for birding enthusiasts. The Northern Goshawk can be seen soaring through the forest looking for prey year round. The TRPA, Forest Service and the states of California and Nevada has listed the bird as a species of special interest.

In partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, you can now get the inside scoop on which birds you might see during your next visit!

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