Nestled in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the Spooner Backcountry is a widespread recreational and natural oasis, with a lake surrounded by aspens and more than 12,000 acres of forested, open space. The park features 50 miles of hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trails and primitive roads. A few of the more popular trails are the Marlette, Red House, Flume and Tahoe Rim Trails.
Camping and cabins are also available. The Spooner Lake Cabin sleeps four people comfortably and Wildcat Cabin sleeps two. Both cabins have basic amenities such as composting toilets, beds, cook stoves and wood burning stoves.
"We really call Spooner Lake the gateway to the backcountry," said Park Supervisor Allen Wooldridge. "From Spooner Lake you have access to more than 12,000 acres of untouched terrain. "There is no motorized vehicles in the backcountry; there's Marlette Lake and Hobart Lake, so it's kind of an untouched, pristine area for tourists."
In partnership with Nevada State Parks, Nevada State Lands and the Tahoe Fund have secured funding to allow for the renovation and reimagination of Spooner Lake State Park.
With construction set to begin in May of this year, the organizations were able to secure more than $2.9 million in funding for renovations through both funding raising and public funds.
The renovations are set to focus on a new amphitheater and visitor center. Construction should take about two years; the park will remain open year round. It's a project several years in the making.
"Spooner Lake Nevada State Park is the perfect setting for an interpretive center that will benefit both the local community and impress the many tourists from around the world who visit the Lake Tahoe basin every year," said Bradley Crowell, Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources. "I want to thank the Tahoe Fund, the Nevada Division of State Parks, and all of the dedicated community supporters for coming together to enhance Spooner Lake State Park and solidify the entire east shore of Lake Tahoe as a world-class recreation destination."