Tenaya Lake Restoration: East Beach

In Autumn 2012, we celebrated the completion of the restoration of East Beach shoreline and wetlands at Tenaya Lake. This picture-perfect High Sierra lake is surrounded by striking granites domes and vast wilderness. It is Yosemite’s largest frontcountry lake and one of the park’s most popular summer destinations.

Celebrating Tenaya East Beach Restoration

A new ecologically friendly and accessible trail was installed and rerouted away from sensitive wetland areas. Wetland willows and sedges were planted along the now heavily eroded shoreline area. The goal is to return this wetland area to its natural state, while allowing visitors to enjoy an unspoiled and serene setting. Visitors can now follow the new trail out to the sandy beach where picnic facilities are available, and new exhibits provide information on surrounding ecology as well as the Tenaya Lake loop trail system.

Thank you for your support, together we are protecting this magnificent lake and providing you with an 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