4th of July is just days away and happens to be one of Lake Tahoe’s biggest weekends. While this is one of the funnest holidays of the year at the lake, there are some safety precautions that need to be kept in mind in order to make sure everyone has a fun week. Here are some tips.
Pack your patience. If you have booked a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental, note that there are a LOT of people in town. Which means that there will be lots of vehicle and pedestrian traffic through town. Stores will be busy, parking will not be a breeze and some folks may be huffy because they were not prepared for the crowds. You may have booked a vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe that is in the county. There will still be heavy traffic on Pioneer Trail. If you have a strict timeline or want to beat the crowds, leave early and stay calm.
Prevent wildfires from happening by finding out the laws put in place to prevent them. There are no fireworks, firecrackers or sparklers of any kind allowed in the Tahoe Basin. This means you cannot set off anything from the comfort of your South Lake Tahoe vacation rental. You may think it is harmless, but a long time local resident knows the risk and could call you in. Campfires and charcoal fires are only allowed in stand up grills or metal fire rings at developed recreation sites. They are not permitted on beaches or in the national forest. Also be sure NOT to park on vegetation. One spark could cause a massive fire.
There is an alcohol ban in place from 6 am to midnight at Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort and Zephyr Shoals. This is to promote public safety and will be patrolled by Forest Service, State & Local law enforcement AND private security staff. If enjoying a cold cocktail is on your agenda for the holiday, find a different beach and still be safe.
Speaking of beaches, we had a large snowpack this year and have a very high lake level. The beaches will be narrower in comparison to previous years. Some may not even be accessible. While you may be hoping for a beach close to the vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe you booked, do your research and be open to flexibility. The sandy shore you had in mind, may not make for a memorable 4th.
A popular saying we have here in Lake Tahoe is “Pack it in, pack it out”. Whatever you bring with you to the beach, take it with you when you leave. The past several years has resulted in local volunteers combing the beach and picking of several thousands of pounds of trash left behind by visitors. This not only presents health hazards, but it also degrades the quality of the lake. Bring your own trash bag from your South Lake Tahoe vacation rental and make clean up a breeze so that when you leave, you just have to grab the bag and go.
Familiarize yourself with the local ordinances in place for South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals. There are rules put into effect so that locals and visitors can co-exist with one another nicely. This includes noise, parking, trash and more.
For more information on booking South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals, feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to help.