The Memorial Day Weekend is the official kickoff time for summer up at the lake. Sometimes Memorial Day weather can be a bit iffy up here, but with the way spring has been going this year, there is sure to be some nice temps for the load of outdoor things to do in and around the Tahoe area.
Start off the weekend with North Lake Tahoe's 6th Annual Opening Day at the Lake. The event starts with the West Shore Clean Up on Friday, May 25th. Anyone who participates in the Clean Up gets a complimentary breakfast from the Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet which is celebrating 35 years at the lake this summer.
Other Opening Day events include deck opening celebrations at the Sunnyside Resort which is also celebrating 25 years, the West Shore Café and Inn, Chambers Landing Bar & Restaurant and the Bridgetender, who is also celebrating a silver anniversary. The Tahoe Maritime Museum in Homewood has a new "Tahoe Twenties" exhibit and Obexer's General Store will be having their Mike Brown Seaplane Splash-In and BBQ.
If you just want to get up and enjoy the lake and mountains without any snow. Here are four additional things outdoor lovers can do:
For the Fisherman
Head to the numerous rivers and streams in the area to fish for rainbow, brook and brown trout. Some of the best places in the Tahoe area include Coldstone Creek near Donner Lake Memorial Park and the Truckee River between Truckee and the Nevada state line on Glenshire Drive, Hirschdale Road and Highway 80. You can also fish in several of the reservoirs and lakes like Stampede, Prosser and Boca.
For the Cyclists
The bike path between Meek's Bay and Tahoe City is empty of snow and is a perfect place to bike away from traffic. If you want to go farther, take the bike lanes from Tahoe City to Kings Beach on the North Shore. For some of the best mountain biking around through meadows and aspen trees, head to the Angora Lake bike area on Angora Ridge Road near Fallen Leaf Lake.
For the Cold Water Lovers
Start working on those abs and shoulders by learning how to standup paddleboard on the calm, clear surface of Lake Tahoe. The wind and waves in the spring are not as strong as in the summer, so it's a good time to learn. Head to Kings Beach and rent a board from Adrift Tahoe for $20 for an hour. An initial lesson with your first board rental is free. You will most likely still need a wetsuit.
For the Golfers
Both the golf course at Northstar California and the Resort at Squaw Creek will be opening for Memorial Day. The Northstar course is located in the Martis Valley and is divided into two distinct nine-hole settings. You can play eighteen holes for $45, which includes the cart. The golf course at the Squaw Creek has been recognized by Audubon International as an environmentally conscious course and you can golf in paradise for $98 before noon and for $60 after 3 pm.