Destination guide

Fallen Leaf Lake is the jewel of El Dorado County

Glinting away in El Dorado County, Fallen Leaf Lake is surrounded by forested mountains and towering pine trees. Nature is the order of the day, with fishing, boating, and kayaking just some of the ways to get your feet wet. While the campground is eternally popular, it's not the only way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the El Dorado region. If you don't want to compromise on comfort, the shoreline is dotted with Fallen Leaf Lake vacation rentals featuring private docks, sun-drenched decks, and uninterrupted views of the lake.

Things to do

Castles and casinos in Fallen Leaf Lake

Whether you want to chat to locals or track down a kayak to hire, the Fallen Leaf Lake marina is the beating heart of the community. Fallen Leaf Lake vacation rentals fill up fast so why not consider staying on nearby Lake Tahoe? From the glitzy casinos of Tahoe Keys to secluded properties on the Western Shore, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning your Californian vacation. Nearby is Vikingsholm Castle, one of Lake Tahoe's first summer homes. Today, the Scandinavian-style mansion is open to the public and is a great way to break up a day on the beach.


Experience Fallen Leaf Lake from above

Unlocking a bird's eye view of glassy lakes and snow-capped mountains, scenic helicopter rides over Lake Tahoe are well worth the splurge. If you'd rather not take to the skies, hiking trails wind their way through the El Dorado backcountry. Don't forget your camera because you'll be wandering through wild flower fields, pine forests, and mountain vistas. If you tire of the scene at Fallen Leaf Lake why not pack a picnic and day trip to Tahoe's stunning Emerald Bay'Beach? Designated as a National Natural Landmark, it offers 360-degree views of Fannette Island, Eagle Falls, and Vikingsholm Castle.


The gateway to Heavenly Mountain'Resort

With long days and lashings of sunshine, summer brings high season in Fallen Leaf Lake. The weather is perfect for outdoor pursuits, but it's not the only time to visit. In winter, the lake transforms into a snowy wonderland, with nearby Heavenly Mountain'Resort serving up some of California's best skiing. Fallen Leaf Lake vacation rentals are the perfect way to enjoy a winter break, with cozy decor, blazing log fires, and magical views of the snow-dusted forest.

Natural features

Cast a line in crystal-clear Fallen Leaf Lake

Fed by a glacier from the Glen Alpine Valley, Fallen Leaf Lake is famous for its crystal-clear water. With visibility of up to 50 feet, gazing down into the depths never seems to lose its appeal. It's also brimming with brown, rainbow, and lake trout which makes it a favorite with local fishermen. Just 1 mile to the south is mighty Lake Tahoe, nestled in California's famous Sierra Nevada Mountains. Whether you want to unpack a picnic on El Dorado Beach, take on the hiking trails in Van Sickle Bi-State Park,'or soak up the sun on Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe is one of California's most resplendent natural beauties.

Where to stay around Fallen Leaf Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,577 vacation rentals near Fallen Leaf Lake. From 643 Cabins to 2,868 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fallen Leaf Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Fallen Leaf Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fallen Leaf Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lake Tahoe: 6,689 vacation rentals
  • Incline Village: 2,204 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe City: 3,053 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe Keys: 326 vacation rentals
  • North Lake Tahoe: 3,167 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Fallen Leaf Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Fallen Leaf Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fallen Leaf Lake:

  • Incline Village: 2,204 rentals
  • Tahoe City: 3,053 rentals
  • Zephyr Cove: 2,292 rentals
  • Tahoma: 3,169 rentals
  • Olympic Valley: 2,931 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Fallen Leaf Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Fallen Leaf Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Emerald Bay State Park: 2,277 rentals
  • Lakeside Beach: 3,483 rentals
  • Heavenly Village: 1,965 rentals
  • Zephyr Cove Beach: 4,557 rentals
  • Tallac Historic Site: 3,572 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fallen Leaf Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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