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.
The Chalet as viewed from Echo Lakes Road - Lake Tahoe in the background (North)
BOAT TAXI SERVICE - 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
RAMP HOURS - 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
STORE HOURS - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
2010-PRESENT: 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.
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.
SIR DUKE OF ECHO ON CHALET PIER 6-15-2011:
2013-2015 CRITICAL WATER SHORTAGE:
Two years ago we sent the following letter out to all Chaletlee guests. Unfortunately, the situation remains unchanged for 2015:
July 6, 2013
To all Chaletlee guests:
As many of you know, Echo Chalet is dependent on spring-supplied water, and we are currently experiencing a severe water shortage. Last year’s snowpack was just 17% of normal and the current inflow to our spring is equivalent to what we typically see in September.
This has placed our Chaletlee operation in jeopardy for the remainder of the summer and we wanted to let you know both where things currently stand and what we propose to do.
First, in order to maximize our chances of staying open and protect your reservation, we are not accepting any new reservations for the balance of the summer. Second, we are doing all we can, along with our guests, to conserve water. Third, we’ve made an emergency request to the Forest Service to allow us to install an additional water storage tank. This would allow us to buy water to serve the store thus safeguarding more water for the Chaletlees.
Unfortunately, none of these measures guarantee that we will be able to keep the Chaletlees open all summer. We very much regret the uncertainty this brings to your summer plans but we wanted to write now so that you could make alternative plans.
Here is what we suggest…If you wish to cancel, we understand and will provide a full refund. Just let us know as soon as you’ve made this decision. If you want to keep your existing reservation, we will keep you apprised of the situation and let you know as soon as possible if we have to close the Chaletlees. In which case we will of course provide a full refund.
Last, as some of you know, we’ve tried for years to work with the Forest Service to develop environmentally sound strategies to backup our existing spring system. We’re hopeful that we can find a way forward to accomplish that and will keep you posted on those efforts as well.
Again, we very much regret this potential disruption in your summer plans and we appreciate your patience as we jointly try to work through this difficult situation.
Tom and Kat Fashinell
HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT 184
The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are in control of the dam at Lower Echo Lake. The dam allows for storage of approximately 1,900 Acre-feet of water by raising the lake level 6 feet. That water is then released after Labor Day through a pipeline and canal to the upper portion of the south fork of the American River, where it can be used for hydroelectric power generation and consumption (residential and commercial). We are able to traverse the channel between lower and upper Echo Lakes, and offer services to summer residences and the general public, solely due to the lake level being raised during the summer months
For those of you who have a hard time visualizing Project 184, here is a topographical display:
You may track the water levels in project 184 at the following website:
OUTBOARD MOTOR SERVICES:
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.
6 hp Tiller long shaft
15 hp Tiller electric start long shaft
WE CAN HELP YOU LOCATE AN ENGINE AT COMPETITIVE PRICING.
ONE OF OUR MANY NEW HATS FOR 2014,
AND A NEW KID'S SHIRT FOR 2015
September 2014: We now have four taxis rigged as fire boats!
What happens to all the aluminum cans we collect each summer?