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TAHOE: Taylor Creek Visitor Center hosts annual Kokanee Salmon Festival

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have their 40-foot inflatable fish at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center during the Kokanee Salmon Festival, the weekend of October 1 & 2, 2011. Photo: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit invites residents and visitors to attend the Kokanee Salmon Festival, which celebrates the annual fall migration of Kokanee salmon at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.  The event takes place the weekend of October 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.  The Visitor Center is located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89.

Participants can learn about the natural wonders of Taylor Creek and take part in many fun activities, including a delicious salmon barbecue, Kokanee trail runs, children’s activities, educational and streamside programs, and much more!

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Wild Things, Inc. will present a live wildlife program at the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater.  This free program features live animals, which may include a bald eagle, barn owl, turkey vulture, a beaver, and snakes.  Because of the live animals on stage, attendees should leave pets at home.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will bring their 40-foot inflatable fish for children to explore, and the festival’s two new mascots, Sandy and Rocky Salmon, will make appearances each day.  There will even be a special appearance by Smokey Bear!

The Kokanee Salmon Festival and Oktoberfest at Historic Camp Richardson Resort, occur the same weekend, so the parking lot at the Visitor Center fills quickly.  Visitors are encouraged to ride a bike or walk along the bike path between Camp Richardson and the Visitor Center, or take public transportation from South Lake Tahoe.  BlueGo and the Nifty Fifty trolley will provide special service for these events. Contact them at (530) 541-7149.

Numerous sponsors and volunteers make this annual event possible.  All proceeds from T-shirt sales, festival pin sales, and the trail runs benefit the U.S. Forest Service environmental education programs in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

For more information and a complete schedule of activities, contact the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at 530-543-2674 or visit:  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/KokaneeSalmonFestival.

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