Ann and Dick Otter shared many memories of enjoying the East Beach of Tenaya Lake with their daughters Sibyl and Sandra, sons-in-law David and Carl and grandchildren Nick and Anna. These special moments inspired Dick to ask friends and family to support the restoration work at Tenaya Lake in memory of his wife, Ann.

"My wife and I used to spend quite a bit of time in the backcountry of Yosemite with family. It has always been a special place for us. Thus, my family and I were excited to see how the enhancements to the East Beach look. I know that Ann would approve."
Yosemite Conservancy supporter

Restoring Shoreline and Wetlands at the
Jewel of the High Country


enaya Lake is a popular high country destination, thanks to its captivating beauty and easy access from Tioga Road. However, an increasing number of visitors resulted in crowded parking areas, unintended harm to fragile ecosystems and shoreline erosion. To preserve and protect the area’s spectacular natural beauty, while enhancing the visitor experience, the Conservancy provided $1.9 million in 2012 to restore the wetlands and trails surrounding East Beach.

The results are fantastic. Your generous contributions helped fund a new ecologically friendly trail, so visitors of all abilities can easily access East Beach without disturbing the delicate environment.

Beautiful native willows and other wetland plants were planted to restore the trail and shoreline to natural conditions and encourage biodiversity. Visitors also can enjoy new educational signage describing the lake’s ecology, history and trails, while large groups can gather at the communal picnic table near the beach.

Last summer, we celebrated the completion of this restoration work. Because of donors such as you, we are all able to make a lasting difference in protecting natural resources and improving the visitor experience at this jewel of the high country.

ABOVE LEFT Providing better access to Tenaya Lake’s East Beach will help to keep this pristine shore accessible to visitors while also protecting fragile habitat. ABOVE RIGHT A new ecologically friendly and accessible path with interpretive signage has been created to reroute traffic around sensitive wetland areas.