Tenaya Lake Restoration: East Beach

Summer is a popular time on the sandy shores of Tenaya Lake’s East Beach. Visitors marvel at the scenic beauty of this High Sierra lake, with its crystal clear blue water surrounded by granite domes and forests— it is the perfect picture postcard experience.

Tenaya Lake’s popularity has also meant that over the decades it has had growing problems with crowded parking areas, unsafe traffic conditions, erosion along the shoreline and unwanted run-off—bad for both the lake and for visitors.

Restoration Improves Access and Ecology

Starting in 2011, Yosemite Conservancy donors helped change all this by funding the first phase of an extensive restoration project. Beginning with East Beach, crews created a new ecologically friendly and accessible path to the beach to ensure all visitors have easy access while surrounding wetlands are protected. Beautiful native willows were planted in these areas, restoring these wetlands to their natural state.

With your continued support we are protecting this magnificent lake and also ensuring you a safe and enjoyable Yosemite experience.

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Project Notes
Project Notes

The restoration makes necessary changes to provide for visitor enjoyment in such a way that the lake ecosystem will be resilient and still thriving 100 years from now.

Gretchen Stromberg
Landscape Architect
Yosemite National Park