Fall Fish Fest Lake Tahoe
Please note: Most Events have been canceled for 2020 due to the current health and safety guidelines. Please check the Tahoe South Events page for updated information.
Celebrate the fall migration of the Kokanee salmon during the annual Fall Fish Fest at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe. Fall Fish Fest features children’s activities and educational and streamside programs offering fun for the entire family. The Festival is a family event encouraging participation by children and parents offering a variety of educational and entertaining events.
Fall Fish Fest is a two-day event taking place each fall in Lake Tahoe. The Festival celebrates spawning behaviors of the Kokanee Salmon and other varieties of fish in Lake Tahoe. Fall Fish Fest offers events including the Salmon Feed, children’s activities, educational programs and booths, stream-side programs, a children’s run, 5k, 10k, and half-marathon trail runs and even a giant Lahontan cutthroat trout with activity stations for kids inside. The Fall Fish Festival includes activities for families to learn about the Lake Tahoe environment while having fun.
The big attraction at the Fall Fish Fest are the Kokanee Salmon. These fish turn bright red as they make their spawning run up Taylor Creek. Visitors can walk the half mile loop Rainbow Trail through forests, meadows and marsh lands to the creek and see the Salmon. Guests are welcome to see the spawning up-close in the underground Steam Profile Chamber as well.
The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Join the fun and participate in this free family event which has become one of the most fascinating educational and wildlife viewing events in Lake Tahoe.
With the popularity of the Fall Fish Festival at the Visitor Center and Octoberfest at Historic Camp Richardson Resort, the parking lot at the Visitor Center fills up quickly. Free parking is available at Camp Richardson where visitors can walk back and forth between the Fall Fish Fest and Octoberfest. Visitors are encouraged to ride a bike along the bike path between Camp Richardson and the Visitor Center or take public transportation from South Lake Tahoe.
Lastly, Black Bears visit Taylor Creek on a regular basis during the annual spawning run of the Kokanee Salmon. The U.S. Forest Service has posted “Be Bear Aware” signs alongside the creek to educate the public about proper bear safety. Read more bear safety in our Fall Fish Fest blog post.
For more information about Fall Fish Fest this year, visit our events page.