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.
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."
SUNDAY 6-11-2017 UPDATE:
At considerable effort and expense, Echo Lakes Road has been plowed down to the Chalet. Traffic to the lower lot is currently restricted to loading and un-loading only. No day or overnight parking is available at the present time.
End of day 6-1-2017
The harbor has sustained SIGNIFICANT damage due to the record-breaking (extremely 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.
Harbor damage 6-7-2017:
Rental Slips looking West 6-7-2017
Looking from South
SUNDAY 6-18-2017 UPDATE:
We have removed the destroyed rental piers, and placed new foundations and substructure in anticipation of EID raising the lake level. We will not be able to actually replace most piers until next Fall (at the earliest).
The Homeowner's pier is near to collapse at the shore-side end. We just today removed the proximal ten feet of the pier. Hopefully a new foundation, and timbers bridging the gap to the nearest support log, will be in place before the water rises.
We anticipate opening the store as a "package-only" facility (no food preparation) for the next several weeks. We have located our horizontal wells under 10-12 feet of snow, but have yet to establish water to any of the Chalet facilities.
Your understanding and patience is very much appreciated.
ECHO CHALET LODGE FEBRUARY 2017
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
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:
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.
you use priority mail in order to obtain tracking numbers, and allow 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.
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES:
Because of the very real threat of Nuisance plants and mussels entering Echo from Tahoe (plants and Asian clams) 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.
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:
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.
6 hp Tiller long shaft
15 hp Tiller electric start long shaft
September 2014: We now have four taxis rigged as fire boats!
What happens to all the aluminum cans we collect each summer?