SR 89 Recreation Corridor Management Plan


The targeted corridor along California State Route 89 is a two-lane mountain highway that provides access to many of Lake Tahoe’s most popular recreation areas and to residential neighborhoods. The route is crowned by Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark and one of Lake Tahoe’s most popular and photographed locations. The corridor is lined by nearly 12 miles of undeveloped shoreline, beach access to popular recreation sites, and trailheads to popular mountain side attractions.

The popularity of the 89 corridor comes with traffic and travel issues that have been under study by Lake Tahoe agencies. The vision for this corridor calls for Emerald Bay shuttles every 15 minutes, parking management, public facility enhancements, and other infrastructure improvements.

The SR 89 Recreation Corridor boundaries are from West Way just outside the City of South Lake Tahoe and extend to the county line at Tahoma. Click here to view a boundary map. However, neighboring areas of influence will also be investigated for potential improvements that may assist in improving traffic flow, multi-modal access, and visitor experience.

We want your input!

As part of the planning process, we’ll be asking YOU to tell us how, when, and where you travel, what your experience is like once visiting the area, and what would encourage you to change the way you travel. To stay up-to-date on input opportunities, sign up for our e-news by emailing with “89 Corridor” in the subject.

SR 89 Corridor Management Plan

The State Route 89 Corridor Management plan was completed in 2020 after a 2-year process that engaged key stakeholders, land managers and the public. The plan outlines a vision and a set of goals that address everything from traffic congestion to public access to environmental protections along State Route 89.

Project Team:
The SR 89 Recreation Corridor planning kicked-off in March 2018. Project Team member organizations include: California Highway Patrol, California Lands Management, California State Parks, Camp Richardson Resort, Caltrans, Cal Fire, El Dorado County, El Dorado County Sherriff’s Office, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Fallen Leafe Fire Protection District, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District, Tahoe Fund, Washoe Tribe, Federal Highway Administration California Division, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Transportation District, and U.S. Forest Service.

Final Plan:

Final State Route 89 Recreation Corridor Management Plan

SR-89 Final Plan Appendices

Draft Plan:

Draft State Route 89 Corridor Management Plan
Draft State Route 89 Corridor Management Plan Appendices
State Route 89 Existing Conditions Report

July 22 Presentation on Draft Sr-89 Corridor Plan

Public engagement and opportunities for agency, stakeholder, and public input will be available through September.

Public Webinar Dates:

Learn more about the State Route 89 Corridor Plan during the following public webinars. Opportunities for questions, comments, and feedback will be available during each meeting.

Monday, August 3, 2020 Video

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Video

Additional Materials:

Fact Sheet (View)
Project Team Meeting 1 Presentation (View)
Project Team Meeting 2 Presentation (View)
Project Team Meeting 3 Presentation (View)
Project Team Meeting 4 Presentation (View)
Project Team Meeting 5 Presentation (View)
Project Team Meeting 6 Presentation (View)
Project Update Presentation – February 2019 (View)
Existing Conditions Report (View)
Stakeholder Workshop Presentation – May 2019 (View)
Project Update Presentation – October 2019 (View)
Project Update Presentation – January 2020 (View)
Project Update Presentation – February 2020 (View)
Open House Materials – March 2020 (View)
Webinar: State Route 89 The Future of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore (Video) (Slides)

Cascade to Meeks Trail Feasibility Study

The need to create a walking and biking trail from the area of Cascade Lake to Meeks Bay, through Emerald Bay, was identified as a top priority in the Corridor Management Plan. As Lake Tahoe continues to experience increased visitation, transportation solutions are important investments in sustainable recreation and communities.

The Cascade to Meeks Trail Feasibility Study, is the first project that has come as a direct result of the Corridor Management Plan. The study identifies the preferred routes for the trail, access points, and a cost/feasibility analysis.

Check out this interactive storymap to learn more about this project!

Project Team:

Steering committee members included: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, California State Department of Parks & Recreation, Caltrans, El Dorado County, The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, and US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Many other key stakeholders such as local organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals were invited and encouraged to participate in the planning process.

Final Plan:

Final Cascade to Meeks Trail Feasibility Study