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)
JULY 20, 2014
WE ARE OPEN FOR THE SEASON.
THE STORE AND MARINA HOURS ARE 8 AM TO 6 PM
THE LAKE IS FULL AND BOAT SERVICE SHOULD CONTINUE TO THE PUBLIC LANDING (AT THE FAR END OF UPPER ECHO LAKE) THROUGH THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
2013-2014 CRITICAL WATER SHORTAGE:
July 16, 2014: Our limited spring water output reflects the ongoing drought conditions in California, and, as of now, we are not accepting any new reservations.
Hopefully we will have a normal snow pack next year.
Last year we sent the following letter out to all Chaletlee guests:
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
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES INSPECTIONS ARE MANDATORY.
YOU MAY FACILITATE A LAUNCH BY HAVING YOUR MOTORIZED VESSEL INSPECTED AT THE TRPA / TRCD STATION IN MEYERS.
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.
SIR DUKE OF ECHO ON CHALET PIER 6-15-2011:
NEW ECHO HEADGEAR 2014
BY REQUEST - ECHO LAKE PATCHES
August 2007: We now have three taxis rigged as fire boats!
JULY 2014: Soon to be FOUR courtesy of a generous cabin owner!
What happens to all the aluminum cans we collect each summer?