The Fall Fish Festival, formerly known as the Kokanee Salmon Festival, is a fun and educational autumn tradition at Tahoe. Great for families with children, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit event highlights the fish species that live in the lake and nearby waterways including the Lahontan cutthroat trout and the salmon that are so important to Tahoe’s black bear population. Attendees at the festival can look forward to amusements, such as treasure hunts, fish art, streamside educational programs, visits from nature celebrities such as Smokey the Bear, a giant inflatable fish and ice cream. Visitors who choose to take the Rainbow Trail path can actually see where the Kokanee salmon spawn in Taylor Creek, and guests are welcome to see the spawning close up in the underground Steam Profile Chamber. This weekend-long event goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. It’s usually held on the first weekend in October.
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