This park is unique among the Lake Tahoe parks in that it supports two sphagnum bogs and a relict dune area. In places it is timbered to the lakeshore with sugar and Jeffrey pines, Pinus lambertiana and Pinus jeffreyi, red and white firs, Abies magnifica and Abies concolor, and incense cedar, Calocedrus decurrens. Lodgepole pine, Pinus murrayana, is found in the higher portions. In the forested areas the understory includes greenleaf manzanita, Arctostaphylos patula, and squaw carpet, Ceanothus prostratus.
In the moist areas along the General Creek and its tributaries, quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides, black cottonwood, Populus trichocarpa, and mountain alder, Alnus tenuifolia, are common.
The two bogs, one readily accessible, the other not, contain a variety of plants typical of the Sierran bogs, including sundew, Drosera rotundifolia, corn-lily, Veratrum californicum, Carex sp., Juncus sp., and Saxifraga nidifica. Scarlet fritillary, Fritillaria recurva, is found nearby. Lupinus breweri is restricted to the dune area.
Animal life is typical of the Tahoe Basin.
Integrity: Developed as a State Park with day-use camping areas, etc. There are a number of buildings near the shore. Some 68 hectares (165 acres) between Highway 89, which runs through the Park, and the shore have been designated a Natural Preserve.
Use: Educational, observational, light recreation.
Inventory of California Natural Areas
Revision © 2008 Steven Louis Hartman