Alta Mira Acquisition

  • alta-mira-artist-rendering
    Photo simulation of the Alta Mira Acquisition when converted to open space.
  • Alta-Mira-South-Lake-Tahoe
    The existing Alta Mira building would be removed.

Project Details

Alta Mira Acquisition

Alta Mira Acquisition

The bookend property for the El Dorado Beach improvement project, the Alta Mira building within the City of South Lake Tahoe presents an opportunity to expand public lakefront access immediately adjacent to the largest assemblage of public lakefront ownership and recreation amenities in all of South Lake Tahoe. Once acquired, this property will afford the opportunity to expand public access to the shores of Lake Tahoe, provide storm water treatment, extend the bike path and incrementally improve the scenic quality of this stretch of US Highway 50 and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe.


Lakefront acquisitions have become increasingly rare due to the escalation in land values at Lake Tahoe and the scarcity of owners willing to sell. The Conservancy is crafting a partnership of investors to acquire the 0.55 acre property in an effort to continue the transformation of the South Lake Tahoe Waterfront by adding an additional 190 linear feet to the existing 2,050 linear feet of public lake access along this stretch of shoreline in the City. The existing bike path will be improved to modern standards, improving safety for users. In addition to realizing improvements to both recreation and scenic quality, stormwater runoff can be captured, treated and discharged in an environmentally friendly manner, providing water quality benefits.


Design alternatives have been developed to identify and integrate access opportunities; the bike path extension and water quality treatment options were developed and reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of public agency professionals, building upon the extensive public outreach that was conducted for the El Dorado Beach improvement project efforts. One design alternative will be selected for incorporation into the project’s environmental analysis.

Next steps

After land acquisition is successfully completed, environmental analysis and construction documentation will occur. Additional funding is needed to complete all of these project elements.