Project requires boats to be carried around temporary bridge on the Upper Truckee River
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service has installed a temporary, low bridge over the Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe, which will require boaters to carry their vessels around it through June 13.
Passage under the bridge will not be possible. Signs are posted along the river to alert boaters of the temporary obstacle.
The site is approximately 5,000 feet downstream from the Highway 50 and Elk’s Club Drive intersection, a popular place to enter the river for rafting and kayaking.
Further work on the river restoration project will involve constructing a temporary access road and installing boundary fencing in the surrounding area to construct a new river channel.
That phase will cause closure of the project’s meadow area, which is east of the Lake Tahoe Airport and south of the South Lake Tahoe city limits, for public safety from June 15 through Oct. 15.
This is the second year of a four-year project designed to replace the existing river channel with a new 7,400-foot channel that is more stable and is connected to the adjacent floodplain.
The goal is to provide a better aquatic habitat, support a healthier meadow ecosystem and reduce the amount of fine sediment that reaches Lake Tahoe.
The Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is collaborating on the project with the California Tahoe Conservancy.