South Lake Tahoe, Calif.—The California Tahoe Conservancy announces new temporary public access changes and potential traffic impacts starting in July at the Upper Truckee Marsh. Public access will be limited or restricted in portions of the marsh to protect public safety during construction of the Upper Truckee River and Marsh Restoration Project.
The Conservancy is restoring more than 250 acres of the marsh ecosystem to enhance wildlife habitat, improve water quality entering Lake Tahoe, and create an accessible-to-all trail to Lake Tahoe. Restoration activities will continue into fall 2022.
Subject to construction progress, the Conservancy will temporarily restrict public access around an arm of the Tahoe Keys Marina, called the “sailing lagoon,” at the Cove East side of the marsh starting in July. View the Cove East access restriction map for more detail. The Conservancy plans to create new wetlands in this area.
Once restoration construction begins, most of the land west of the Cove East trail will be an active construction zone with restricted access. Access to the Cove East trail itself will remain open.
While most construction activity will take place within the Upper Truckee Marsh, transportation of employees, equipment, and materials will have minor effects on local streets and the marina beginning in July. Construction employees and deliveries will occur along Tahoe Keys Boulevard and East Venice Drive.
From August until mid-October, public access to the marsh will be closed at Sunset Avenue and Silverwood Court while the Conservancy constructs a series of pilot channels in the meadow surface to redirect flows into a network of historic stream channels in a nearby portion of the marsh. See the Conservancy map of mid-marsh access restrictions. West of the Upper Truckee River, adjacent to State Street neighborhood, pedestrians will be able access the river by crossing an access road via trail gates. Additionally, the contractor will transport approximately 600 trucks of fill from the pilot channel area from Dover Avenue to the end of East Venice Drive from August through October.
The public can find current access information at tahoe.ca.gov/upper-truckee-marsh or can call (530) 542-5580.