The Hidden Jewels of the Sierras

What many people don’t know about the Sierras in the Reno-Tahoe area is that there are countless alpine lakes available for your fishing, swimming or boating pleasure. Most visitors come here to see Lake Tahoe, but some of the true charm of the area can be found at the lessor known alpine lakes.

Alpine lakes are filled with snow run off, meaning the water is extremely clear and pure, and the lakes are most often surrounded by pine trees, making for a beautiful backdrop to your summer adventure.

This past weekend, the hubby and I camped at Bullard’s Bar, which is in the California foothills of the Sierras. The water in the reservoir was about 72 degrees this weekend, and it was a beautiful turquoise color. Just look:


There was excellent mountain biking around the circumference of the lake, which we took advantage of in the morning. Then, after a quick lunch, we launched our boat and did a bit of water skiing and open water skiing. Truly a perfect Sierra summer day!

Speaking of alpine lakes, another beautiful one is June Lake, which is right outside of Mammoth. We went there last year, and spent a good amount of time on the beach and swimming, where you could see hundreds of fish. Here is a picture of June Lake:

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And finally, another great Sierra alpine lake is Lake Davis, located northwest of the Reno-Tahoe area. Last year, we went camping near this lake, where we enjoyed biking, hiking and swimming. Here is a shot I took at Lake Davis:


Whether you’re into backpacking, hiking, swimming, boating or fishing, I encourage you to explore the Sierras and find those hidden alpine lakes. You’ll be glad you did!

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