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Traveling to Lake Tahoe Under Current Road Conditions

Please see Driving to Tahoe SouthCurrent Road Conditions, Hwy 50  and NV Roads

Please visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ for up to date road conditions

The following information is from 2016
The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is working with California Department of Transportation and Nevada Department of Transportation to communicate current road situations that have impacted travel to/from the Lake Tahoe Basin. The recent mudslides along Echo Summit/Highway 50 and fallen rocks at Cave Rock/Highway 50 have led to temporary road closures. Both departments are working diligently to reopen once conditions are safe.

“We commend both Caltrans and NDOT for their efforts with extremely challenging circumstances,” said Carol Chaplin, president, and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “With the record amount of snowfall we’ve received this winter we appreciate their diligence to ensure safe traveling over mountain passes.”

LTVA recommends the following alternative routes:

  • From Sacramento/Northern California take I-80 E to CA-89 S (Emerald Bay Road) to South Lake Tahoe
  • From Sacramento/Northern California take CA-16 E to CA-49 N to CA-88 E past Kirkwood to CA 89 N into South Lake Tahoe
  • To access South Shore from Reno, Carson City, and Carson Valley Kingsbury SR 207 is open

LTVA recommends motorists to check conditions with Caltrans www.dot.ca.gov and Nevada Department of Transportation http://nvroads.com for current conditions, including temporary closures. GPS and maps applications on mobile devices may not be updated so it’s recommended to monitor updates directly from the source.

Another storm is forecast leading into the President’s Day weekend with rain on Thursday before turning to snow on Friday with 5-8 inches of accumulation possible. During snowfall, a fleet of city and state snow removal vehicles work around the Lake Tahoe Basin to keep roads clear and safe for travel. For the most up-to-date information on snowfall, mountain base depths and conditions in South Lake Tahoe, check area ski resort websites and cams or call snow phones Heavenly: 775-586-7000; Sierra-at-Tahoe: 530-659-7475; Kirkwood: 209-258-3000.

More information here.


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