The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. The visitor center is also the hub where four fascinating self-guided trails start and the home of the Stream Profile Chamber, a primary attraction at the visitor center complex.
The Stream Profile Chamber, located 1/4 mile down the Rainbow Trail, provides a view of the stream environment allowing visitors to study a diverted section of Taylor Creek through a panel of aquarium-like windows and is a major attraction for local conservation and environmental education programs. A 180 degree curved diorama illustrates life above and below the water. This diorama boasts a mural on the walls which shows all the seasons experienced at Taylor Creek. There are also creative informational signs and hidden critters. Be sure to look for the raccoon, crayfish, bats, frog, Stellar Jay, Bald Eagles, butterflies, and the slug! Look carefully, they aren't easy to find! This facility provides a realistic and meaningful experience for all who visit including the more than 4,000 third and fourth grade students who participate in the environmental education programs conducted during the fall spawning run of the Kokanee Salmon in Taylor Creek.
Sporting a great look and state of the art equipment table to present programs of all types, the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater offers special evening programs in July and August. Call the Taylor Creek Visitor Center for more information on summer programs at (530) 543-2674 or visit the Taylor Creek Visitor Center Speaker Series and Ranger Programs web page.
Operational Hours: The Visitor Center will open daily beginning Memorial Day weekend through the month of October, hours will vary. Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center only during hours of operation. The Stream Profile Chamber closes 30 minutes before the Visitor Center.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Best Season: May-October
Busiest Season: May-October
Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and on the trails. Pet owners are expected to clean up after their pets, doggie bags are available. Please note, pets are not permitted in or near the Taylor Creek Marsh and are not allowed the the Stream Profile Chamber.
Accessibility: All facilities at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible, including the Rainbow Trail, Stream Profile Chamber, and restrooms. In addition, audiotape tours of the area are available at no charge at the Visitor Center. Most interpretive programs are also accessible, with the exception of the Creek and Night Sky Evening program.
Parking: The parking lot at Taylor Creek Visitor center can accommodate approximately 100 vehicles and includes pull-through Bus and RV parking.
Directions: The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located approximately 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on the lake side of Highway 89. The Visitor Center entrance is just past the entrance to the Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake Road.