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    The Chalet as viewed from Echo Lakes Road -  Lake Tahoe in the background (North)  

Echo Chalet is a high-Sierra, summer-only, resort located approximately 10 miles from South Lake Tahoe and 49 miles east of Placerville off U.S. Highway 50.  The resort is a non-discriminatory establishment operated under permit of the United States Forest Service-Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The Chalet was established in 1939, and Tom and Kathleen ("Kat") Fashinell have owned and managed it since 1984. We operate (weather permitting) from Memorial Day through the Labor Day weekend.  

                                     Our rental cabins ("Chaletlees") are usually ready for occupancy by mid-June. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Telephone: 530-659-7207 (8 am to 6 pm PST summer only)
           After hours: emergency calls only (please)
 
Fax:  Please request number through Chalet Office (we are attempting to eliminate those 3 AM, auto-dialed, solicitations that that also ring at our home).
 
Postal address:
 9900 Echo Lakes Road, Echo Lake, CA 95721
 
Electronic mail:
General Information:   echochalet-since1939@earthlink.net 
                                      
  Directions to Echo Chalet

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 UPDATE:

THE CHALET STORE AND BOAT TAXI SERVICE ARE

 CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

The boat ramp hours will be approximately 9am-5pm.  Inspection for aquatic invasive species will continue.

From the Mercury News and AP wire service:

"The final monthly snowpack reading of this winter — 190 percent of the historic average — gives California its largest May 1 statewide Sierra Nevada snow level since 1998, when a major El Niño winter that year left the mountains with 201 percent of normal."

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, right, plunges the snow survey tube into the snow pack, as DWR's Wes McCandless looks on during the snow survey at Phillips Station, Monday, May 1, 2017, near Echo Summit, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

"Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, right, plunges the snow survey tube into the snow pack, as DWR’s Wes McCandless looks on during the snow survey at Phillips Station, Monday, May 1, 2017, near Echo Summit, Calif."

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ECHO CHALET LODGE FEBRUARY 2017

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End of day 6-1-2017

The harbor has sustained SIGNIFICANT damage due to the record-breaking dense snow-pack.  Many of the rental piers were crushed beyond repair, and the remaining ones have been pushed askew by the shifting snow and ice.  We will attempt to initiate definitive repairs, or at least apply a “bandage” for the current season. Eventually, all of the rental piers will require replacement. 

Harbor damage 6-7-2017:

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Rental Slips looking West 6-7-2017

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Looking from South Shore  

 

The Homeowner's pier is near to collapse at the shore-side end.

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 We have now removed the proximal twenty feet of the pier, and have installed a new shoreside foundation with bridging timbers and decking.

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Your patience and understanding in these stressful times is very much appreciated.

SIR DUKE OF ECHO ON CHALET PIER 6-15-2011:

ATTENTION THRU-HIKERS (PCT and TRT):

The Chalet can no longer receive re-supply packages.  If addressed to us, packages will be held at our regional post office (Twin Bridges) located 9 miles west on Highway 50 next to the Strawberry Station Market, and across from Strawberry Lodge.         Hours 9:30-4pm M-F. Closed 1pm-1:30 for lunch. Phone: 530-659-7670

Alternatively: 

    1. Hikers can mail to the South Lake Tahoe Main Post Office; 12 miles from Echo Lake, at  1046 Al Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Phone: 530-544-5867  Take Highway 50 through Meyers to Pioneer Trail (or continue to Lake Tahoe Boulevard) then proceed east to Al Tahoe Boulevard. The facility is located at the south end of the shopping mall.  

   It is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that you use priority mail in order to obtain tracking numbers, and permit forwarding if necessary. Keep that number with you if calling for delivery confirmation or forwarding instructions. Remember you will need to provide a photo I.D. to pick up (or forward) a priority package.  

BOAT AND MOTOR SALES AND SERVICE

We are a dealer for Klamath Boats, and order them pre-rigged for Evinrude E-Tec engines which we install at our facility.

ECHO CHALET WAS A "FULL-LINE" DEALERSHIP  ( SALES AND SERVICE)  FOR JOHNSON AND EVINRUDE OUTBOARDS FOR OVER 50 YEARS!

SINCE 2006 WE HAVE BEEN  A CERTIFIED, SERVICE-ONLY, DEALERSHIP FOR BOMBARDIER'S EVINRUDE ENGINES. 

WE INTEND TO FOCUS ENTIRELY ON THE EVINRUDE BRAND, AND WILL OUT-SOURCE REPAIRS ON OTHER ENGINES..

 BOMBARDIER, IN ASSOCIATION WITH TOHATSU, HAS NOW DEVELOPED A COMPLETE LINE OF PORTABLE 4-STROKE ENGINES - RANGING FROM 3.5 TO 15 HP WITH A VARIETY OF OPTIONS. 

WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THESE ENGINES WILL MEET BOMBARDIER'S STRICT MANUFACTURING SPECIFICATIONS AND PERFORM WELL AT ALTITUDE.  IF YOU ARE GOING TO PURCHASE A SMALL ENGINE FOR NEW APPLICATION OR RE-POWER, AND YOU WANT US TO PROVIDE ROUTINE SERVICE,  REPAIRS,  OR WARRANTY WORK, PLEASE CONSIDER THE NEW EVINRUDE LINE. 

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6 hp Tiller long shaft

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15 hp Tiller electric start long shaft

BOMBARDIER - EVINRUDE - E-TEC and 4-SROKE PORTABLES

 Great article on Evinrude E-Tec engines from BOATING WORLD

  ECHO PEAK SNOWPACK - U.S. GOVERNMENT SITE

                            September 2014: We now have four taxis rigged as fire boats!

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DID YOU EVER WONDER :

What happens to all the aluminum cans we collect each summer?

2010-CURRENT: AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES:

Because of the very real threat of Nuisance plants and mussels entering Echo from Tahoe (plants) and elsewhere (Quagga or Zebra mussels from Colorado and Southern California), we are required to inspect all watercraft, motorized and non-motorized, and control access to the lake. We have therefore installed a locked gate and, throughout our operating season it will  be necessary to allow harbor access only during normal business hours.  

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In anticipation of the restricted hours of operation, we respectfully ask you to  time your travel to coincide with these operating hours. 

If you have any doubts about the seriousness of the threat, or just want to explore the issue further - including a great video entitled 'Don't move a mussel" - visit the 100th Meridian website.

El Dorado Irrigation District  -WATER LEVELS

For those of you who have a hard time visualizing Project 184, here is a topographical display:

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 United States Forest Service LAKE TAHOE BASIN MANAGEMENT UNIT   

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