The Lake of Shining Rocks

Tenaya Lake Area Plan

Yosemite, CA

Restoring Natural Processes

Located at 8,300 feet of elevation in the Sierra Nevada high country, Tenaya Lake is one of the most popular destinations in Yosemite due to its incredible scenic qualities and close proximity to Tioga Road. This restoration project encompasses master planning and phased implementation to resolve conflicts of visitor use and visitor safety, while protecting vulnerable shoreline, wetland and meadow habitats.

Enhanced Lake Experience

The first two phases of implementation clarified and enhanced visitor access through new trailheads, interpretive signage, structured gathering nodes and accessible trails with raised boardwalks that merge with the rugged character of the lake and protect its dynamic ecology. Ultimately, restoration will ensure that the Tenaya Lake area thrives, so that future generations of visitors, in turn, can feel restored by its beauty and vitality.

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