The road in is a narrow, miserable affair that’s marred by countless potholes that look (and feel) like craters. There’s very little shore fishing access and even less room to park a truck and boat trailer. And to top it all off, the launch fees are ridiculous – as high as $30 round trip, depending on what size boat you have.
Despite all that however, I just can’t stay away from Fallen Leaf Lake.
The “Leaf” is a mere 15 minutes from the carbon monoxide-laced din of South Lake Tahoe, yet it feels worlds away. The place is quiet and the pace of life is slow. Mount Tallac rises sharply above the lake’s perfectly clear water and its flanks are covered with impossibly green trees.
It’s the fishing, however, that really gets me going.