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Angora Lakes Resort in South Lake Tahoe, CA

Angora Lakes Resort in South Lake Tahoe, CA

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Rating: 4.75

Address: 1214 Angora Ridge Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150

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    Comments (8):

    1. Chris K.
    As promised we returned on a warmer day to enjoy the water!  It was a beautiful Saturday and there were plenty of folks out enjoying this beautiful spot.  We arrived a little after 10 and got one of the last parking spots in the main lot.  Shade spots go fast so bring your umbrella.  This is a great lake for little kids since it's not very deep.  We'll definitely be back for a swim and some organic lemonade!

    27/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. DJ W.
    Not knowing where we were headed, we traveled up the narrow road, parked, and hiked up to Angora Lakes.  What a delightful surprise.  Beautiful Lakes with lot's of lake activities.  Because it is a little hard to get to, and parking is limited (you have to get their early in the day to get a spot) the crowd is not that big.  Some trees to sit under for shade.  Looks like there are cabins to rent.  They offer their "famous lemonade" for sale.  Next time we visit Lake Tahoe, we will go more prepared to spend the day at Angora Lake.  Highly Recommended.

    17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Rusty M.
    Sitting on a Forest Service lease on the back-side of Echo Summit, Angora Lakes Resorts is a collection of cabins ringing a beautiful alpine lake.  Open since 1917, the "resort" is famous for its homemade lemonade.  You have to drive along a one-lane road, along the ridge-line above Fallen Leaf Lake, past a defunct fire lookout, then walk the last mile up a fire road to reach the lakes.  But once you get there, the scenery is fantastic!

    It is almost impossible to rent the cabins, as they have quite a waiting list, but Angora Lake is a popular place to visit for a few hours.  You can rent a rowboat or kayak for $14 an hour.  There is a small beach, with some shady spots, which fills up pretty fast.  On the back side of the lake, there is a steep granite face which goes nearly straight up to the top of Echo Summit.

    For the brave (or stupid, take your pick) there is spot to jump 40 or 50 feet into the lake.

    There is a small gift/snack shop with a limited selection of sandwiches, the aforementioned lemonade, and ice cream bars.  You can also buy a Smokey the Bear T-shirt or a field guide to the Sierra...

    Caveats: (1) $5 parking fee payable to the US Forest Service at the parking lot; (2) the lot can fill up and leave you disappointed; (3) You need to pack out your garbage; (4) Only a chemical toilet/privvy at the lake.

    19/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Nicole H.
    Pros: This place is beautiful! I hiked up here from the fire station instead of driving up to the forest service lot and it was a fantastic climb. It was nice to end up at this place. I didnt get to check out all they had to offer but it looked like they had kayaks for rent, some little cabins and other stuff.

    Con: Took a star off because I heard about the "famous lemonade" it wasnt anything spectacular really... I know it is supposed to be all fresh organic lemonade but it just tasted like minute maid to me... Was pretty dissapointed with that.

    20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Kevin L.
    I've been coming here since my younger days and this is always one of the highlights of my trips. It's awkwardly located (down a 1-lane road) on the crest of the mountains and after parking your car (limited parking), you need to walk uphill for about 0.5 mile. But once you reach the top, the view of the lake is incredible!

    Their lemonade is very refreshing and we always get a pitcher with ice cream. You can rent canoes for $14.00 an hour (includes life jackets) and the lake isn't too deep in certain areas. The beach is really small though.

    08/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Kaitlin V.
    best day in tahoe!!
    beautiful!

    01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. WR S.
    Hard to find, but worth the effort. Easily one of the most scenic places in Tahoe. The upper lake is safe for swimming w/ paddle board/kayak rentals. Highly recommended for a family outing. Snack shack sells sandwiches, ice cream and their famous lemonade. Parking is extremely limited in the forest service lot below the lakes... Get their by 11:00am. The hike that takes you to the lakes is 1/2 mile up a dirt trail.

    25/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Katherine F.
    I felt like I was in Switzerland...this was so beautiful.

    First you must find the 1 lane road that takes you to the forest service parking.....but GPS is a big help here.  The ride takes you up some steep cliffs, with wonderful views of the rugged mountains, and at one point you can see all the way back to the casinos on the lake.

    You park (which can be tricky on a busy summer weekend) and pay your $5.00 per car.

    The hike up to the lake is steep, but the trail is wide and sandy, and for me photography was the perfect excuse for a few stops along the way! It was so beautiful, huge trees, rugged rocky hillsides, with manzanita covering the ground, and hanging over the edges of the rocks...WOW!

    Before you arrive at the big lake, you encounter smaller lakes, with rustic cabins at the shore.    Very serene spots!

    Once at the top, you pass through cabins, and a store with food and Tahoe memorabilia before you get to the lake, and sandy beach.

    The lake is stunning...hugging the side of a steep cliff, that goes up many hundreds of feet, with huge rock outcroppings as a backdrop. Small boats and kyacks are available, for $14 dollars a day...a bit stiff, but you would have to pack yours up the hill if  you were so inclined.

    The concession store sells hand made lemonade....which is wonderful, and lives up to the reports in every way.  We took the time to sit, and watch the scenery, and sip this delicious...not too sweet...brew.

    The hike back to the car was a breeze, all downhill, but is was sad to leave this pristine mountain lake.

    02/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0