Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Johnson Meadow

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In April 2018 Tahoe RCD purchased the Johnson Meadow property in South Lake Tahoe with funding provided by the California Tahoe Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Tahoe Fund. Tahoe RCD is working with partners and the public to restore Johnson Meadow. Throughout the restoration planning and implementation process we will engage the public and stakeholders to ensure we are accomplishing not only the best restoration possible but also improving and caring for treasured public open space.

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About Tahoe RCD: The mission of Tahoe RCD is to promote the conservation, stewardship and knowledge of the Lake Tahoe region’s natural resources by providing leadership and innovative environmental services to all stakeholders. Tahoe RCD plays a critical role in addressing some of the most high-priority natural resource concerns and opportunities in the Lake Tahoe Basin. From preventing and eradicating aquatic invasive species, to helping communities mitigate the risk of fire, Tahoe RCD brings extensive expertise and experience to conservation challenges. Tahoe RCD is a flexible and adaptable organization that serves as a link between public and private conservation interests.

  • Where is Johnson Meadow?
  • Johnson Meadow is situated in the heart of the city of South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California. It is located within the largest watershed in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the Upper Truckee River (UTR) watershed, which drains over 56 square miles and provides some of the most significant wet meadow floodplain habitat in the entire Sierra Nevada. Tahoe RCD acquired title to the approximately 206 acre property in April 2018, completing continuous public ownership of the lower nine miles of the Upper Truckee River. This reach of the UTR is directly downstream of property owned by the City of South Lake Tahoe and California Department of Parks and Recreation (Washoe Meadows State Park) and upstream of the Upper Truckee Marsh, owned by the California Tahoe Conservancy. Johnson Meadow is within the floodplain of the UTR and prior to acquisition by Tahoe RCD, it was the largest privately-owned meadow in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

    Upper Truckee River - Johnson Meadow

  • What is the dog leash policy on Johnson Meadow?
  • Johnson Meadow is within the jurisdiction of El Dorado County and is therefore subject to the County Animal Control Ordinance Sec. 6.12.070. No person owning or having control of any animal, livestock or poultry shall permit such animal, livestock or poultry to stray or run at large upon any public street or other public place, or any unenclosed private lot or other unenclosed private place in the County with the exception of livestock on open range as defined in Chapter 6.36.

    If a loose dog is acting strange, is aggressive or has bitten someone, call El Dorado County Animal Services (530) 573-7925, or after hours, call the Sheriff’s Dispatch at (530) 621-6600.

Our Priorities for Johnson Meadow

The board and staff of Tahoe RCD are committed to restoring, stewarding, and managing the iconic Johnson Meadow property in ways that:

Johnson Meadow - Dry

Johnson Meadow (Aerial) - Winter