California White Water River Rafting Trips near South Lake Tahoe
California white water river rafting trips near South Lake Tahoe have been popular for years, especially for visitors to California from abroad and the East and Midwest United States. There is a perfect loop trip that the traveler can take: fly into San Francisco, drive to Lake Tahoe (3 hrs), then drive to Coloma and the South Fork American River (1.5 hrs), then back to San Francisco
Distances from South Lake Tahoe to:
South Fork American 1.5 hrs., Middle Fork American 2 hrs, Merced 4 hrs., Tuolumne 3.5 hrs., Kings 6.5 hrs.
What can we say about this absolutely gorgeous mountain lake which is a magnet for summer vacationers?
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft, it is located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe). Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. There are hundreds of hiking/walking trails in the lush pine forests. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area’s economy and reputation. Mountain and lake scenery are attractions throughout the year. The Nevada side also includes large casinos. Highways provide year-round access from Reno, Carson City, and Sacramento.
Lake Tahoe was originally inhabited by the Washoe natives (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_people), about 500 years ago. There were no other peoples in the region, in any great numbers, until the gold rush era of 1849 and later. The Lake Tahoe region was on the migration route for men and women heading to the gold fields in what is now El Dorado County (Coloma, CA) and Placer County (Auburn, CA).
During the first half of the 20th century, the advantages and appeals of living or vacationing at Lake Tahoe became widely known. From 1960 to 1980, the permanent residential population increased from about 10,000 to greater than 50,000, and the summer population grew from about 10,000 to about 90,000. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe).