Who we are
Sardine Lake Resort is a small, family-run business started in 1941. We are located on Lower Sardine Lake, at the base of the Sierra Buttes in the Lakes Basin area of the Tahoe National Forest. Our cabins generally rent by the week, Saturday to Saturday. Our dinner dining room serves mainly by reservation; featuring Filet Mignon, rack of lamb, seafood, chicken and 1 or 2 nightly specials.
Boat rentals are 12'aluminum rowboats are available by the day, 1/2 day or hourly, with or without electric trolling motors. The lake is stocked with Eastern Brooke-- but you may catch a rainbow or two. Swimming is not allowed in Lower Sardine Lake as it is designated a premium fishing lake by the County of Sierra. There is a 5MPH speed limit on the lake. Sand Pond is a famous swimming lake next door, beloved for generations.
In the late 1800's, a miner's mule named Sardine tumbled into what was then called "Emerald Lake". This prompted the miners to rename the lake to "Sardine Lake".
You are invited to join the many families who have become our cabin guests year after year as their children grow into our next generation of guests, sharing all the delights of a summer vacation at "the lake". Avoid the crowds and traffic of Tahoe and enjoy the peaceful rhythm of morning fishing in the mist, afternoon naps on your cabin porch, cocktails on the lake gazebo and finally settling into an extraordinary dining experience and exceptional wine offerings.
The resort includes nine, full-housekeeping log cabins ranging from one-room to our larger two-bedroom cabins. The decor is warm with comfortably updated furnishings and porch seating. Even though our typical reservations are by the week, shorter stays are likely to be available in May and October. We welcome inquiries regarding future lodging availability and frequently avail our waiting list to welcome new guests. Please call 530-862-1196 for further information.
Our experienced staff can help you with suggestions for fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing. Additionally, we have a full selection of maps, guidebooks and postcards of local photography.