NSP 8th Annual Celebration & Picnic at Independence Lake

The Nature Conservancy, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Feather River Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land and Sierra Business Council invite you to join us for the Northern Sierra Partnership’s 8th Annual Celebration and Picnic at Independence Lake! Enjoy a beautiful summer day of guided hikes, fly-casting, kayaking and a picnic lunch at Independence Lake. Activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Please purchase your tickets by July 1st. See below for directions.

Schedule of Events

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Outdoor activities led by expert naturalists and friends of the Partnership (see below).

12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Summer picnic provided by Red Truck. Campaign update from NSP and partners.

Activities:

#1: Long Hike to Independence Creek (4 miles round-trip) – Advanced sign-up required.
Please email kdodson@northernsierrapartnership.org if you are interested in participating.
This guided hike will lead you along the shoreline of Independence Lake to Independence Creek where you will hear about the efforts of TNC and its partners to increase the population of endangered Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT). Independence Lake is home to one of only two remaining wild, self-sustaining lake populations of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the world—a fish that has been lost from 99% of its historic range. If we are lucky, we may see some LCT spawning near the mouth of the creek!
Start time: 9:00am
Difficulty: Moderate; walk is relatively long but relatively flat.

#2: Kayaking on Independence Lake – Available all morning on a first come, first served basis

Kayaks and life jackets will be available. ***Note: Please do not bring your own boats. To limit the spread of aquatic invasive species, no outside watercraft are permitted at Independence Lake.***
Start time: 9:00am

#3: Forest Ecology Tour (~2.5 miles)
On this guided walk through the mixed conifer forest of the Preserve, you will learn about TNC’s efforts to enhance the ecological resilience of forests at Independence Lake and throughout the northern Sierra Nevada.
Start time: 10:00am
Difficulty: Easy

#4: Fly Casting Lesson – Advanced sign-up required.
Please email kdodson@northernsierrapartnership.org if you are interested in participating. 

Ever wanted to try out fly fishing? Want to perfect your cast? This is your chance! Equipment and expert instruction provided.
Start time: 10:00am

#5: Nature Walk (1 mile)
Discover the wonderful flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada! This hike will take a slower pace and stop frequently to identify native plant and bird species. ***Please note that dogs are not allowed on this hike.***
Start time: 10:30am
Difficulty: Easy

#6: Kid’s Scavenger Hunt
Start time: 10:30am

If you don’t feel like participating in a guided activity, you can come and just relax by the lake or go on a self-guided hike.

Event Tickets

Directions & Parking Information:

All guests must stop by the registration tent in the parking lot at the intersection of HWY 89 and Jackson Meadows Road before heading to Independence Lake.

Independence Lake is accessed via a rough, 5-mile dirt road which is not suitable for low clearance vehicles. We encourage all guests to take one of our shuttles in order to minimize the number of vehicles on the road and parked at the Lake. (If you do not have a high clearance vehicle, you must shuttle to the lake!)

Shuttle pickup and check-in will be located at the parking lot off of HWY 89 at the Jackson Meadows Road intersection. Note that it takes 30 minutes to get to the lake from the highway, so plan to check in at least a half hour before your preferred activity is scheduled to begin. The last shuttle up to the lake will be at 11:30 am, so please arrive before then.

Directions to Independence Lake:

From Truckee or Reno: Exit I-80 to Route 89 North to Sierraville. Travel approximately 15 miles North on Highway 89 to Independence Lake/Webber Lake/Jackson Meadow Reservoir turn-off. Turn Left/West off of Route 89 toward Independence Lake/Webber Lake/Jackson Meadow Reservoir. Continue on Jackson Meadows Road for 1.5 miles. Turn Left/South at sign for “Independence Lake – 5 miles.” Continue approximately 5 miles to Independence Lake, following signs for NSP Annual Celebration. The road turns to dirt after crossing the Little Truckee River. High clearance vehicles strongly advised. After roughly 2 miles you reach a fork in the road and a sign for “Independence Lake – 3 miles.” Take the RIGHT fork of the road. After approx. ½ mile there is another fork, follow the LEFT fork across a stream. Continue to the parking area where you will meet our staff to check in.

From Quincy:Head east on CA-70 south for 22.9 miles. At Blairsden / Graeagle turn right onto CA-89 south for 22.8 miles arriving in Sierraville. Continue onto CA-89 from Sierraville south for 8.7 miles. Turn right/West off Route 89 toward Independence Lake/Webber Lake/Jackson Meadow Reservoir. Turn Left/West off of Route 89 toward Independence Lake/Webber Lake/Jackson Meadow Reservoir. Continue on Jackson Meadows Road for 1.5 miles. Turn Left/South at sign for “Independence Lake – 5 miles.” Continue approximately 5 miles to Independence Lake, following signs for NSP Annual Celebration. The road turns to dirt after crossing the Little Truckee River. High clearance vehicles strongly advised. After roughly 2 miles you reach a fork in the road and a sign for “Independence Lake – 3 miles.” Take the RIGHT fork of the road. After approx. ½ mile there is another fork, follow the LEFT fork across a stream. Continue to the parking area where you will meet our staff to check in.