US Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe

District Eleven

2500 Lake Forest Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

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US Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe is a small boat station in the US Coast Guard’s 11th District, Sector San Francisco. Operational year-round, the station utilizes two 25-foot Defender Class Boats to provide maritime law enforcement and search and rescue services to boaters on Lake Tahoe.

At an elevation of 6,223 feet, the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Station has the distinction of being the highest-altitude Coast Guard station in the country.
The Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Station is located in Tahoe City and operates 24/7. Someone stands watch from 9am to an hour after sunset during non-winter months. During winter months there is no watch stander on duty, but a crew mans the station at all times. The station maintains two 25′ RBS boats.
Assisting the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard are three auxiliaries that serve the north and south shores.
About 100 members are divided into three flotillas. Flotilla 01 is on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Flotilla 04 is in South Lake Tahoe, and Flotilla 03 meets in Reno but includes Sparks, Carson City, and the surrounding area. Many of the men and women who volunteer their time for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are veteran sailors and want to share their skills and education with recreation boaters. The three auxiliaries focus primarily on Boating Education and Vessel Safety Checks and hold the boating safety classes at Lake Tahoe.


FROM RENO, NV: Take I-80 West toward Truckee, CA. Exit 185 off of I-80. Turn left off the exit ramp and head toward Tahoe City on Rt. 89 (also known as River Road). Go straight through 4 sets of lights (the 4th set is in Tahoe City, about 25 minutes from exit 185 off I-80, across from Albertson’s Grocery). This road is now Rt. 28. Follow Rt. 28 till you see signs for the U.S. Coast Guard Station on your right. Turn right on Lake Forest Road. Go approx 1/4 mile. Turn right into the Coast Guard base. Come down toward the lake till you see the office; this is where you check in. Go straight to the gate and contact us through the call box.

FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Take I-80 East toward RENO/TAHOE. Take exit no. 185 toward Rt. 89 (heading toward Squaw Valley). Turn right off the off ramp on Rt. 89 (also known as River Road) and go straight through all sets of lights. It will take 25 minutes to get to Tahoe City. When you reach Tahoe City continue straight through the set of lights (by Albertson’s grocery) and follow the road (Route 28 now). Follow Rt. 28 till you see signs for the U.S. Coast Guard Station on your right. Turn right on Lake Forest Road. Go approx 1/4 mile. Turn right into the Coast Guard base. Come down toward the lake till you see the office; this is where you check in. Go straight to the gate and contact us through the call box.


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To be enrolled in a California school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.


In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit

Lake Tahoe Unified School District



If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


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​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.


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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


Public Health Services (530) 621-6100
We Promote the Health and Safety of Individuals, Communities and Animals in El Dorado County.


Tahoe Youth and Family Services (530) 541-2445
Tahoe Youth & Family Services is a non-profit organization that has been serving youth and families in the South Lake Tahoe community since 1971 and the Douglas County, Nevada and Alpine County, California areas since 2008.


Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (530) 587-5948
The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoption, community spay/neuter and humane education programs.


California Highway Patrol (530) 577-1001

Base Operator (530) 580-6279


There is currently no on-base housing at Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe.


Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe maintains 4 rental units (a.k.a. A-Frames) on the north-west side of Lake Tahoe just outside of Tahoe City.
Lakeview 1 & Lakeview 2 refers to the A-Frame Unit that is closest to the Lake and Forest View 1 & Forest View 2
refers to the A-Frame Unit that is located closer to the Mountains.


They are less than 50 feet away from each other. Both Lakeview and Forest View A-Frames are located at 2500 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City, CA. 96145.

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South Lake Tahoe is a town in California with a population of 21,680. South Lake Tahoe is in El Dorado County. Living in South Lake Tahoe offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In South Lake Tahoe there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in South Lake Tahoe and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in South Lake Tahoe are above average.

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In Lake Tahoe, the summers are warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, very cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 80°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 87°F.


The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 18 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 80°F and low of 42°F. The cold season lasts for 4.1 months, from November 17 to March 22, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 18°F and high of 41°F.


The wetter season lasts 5.9 months, from October 31 to April 26, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on February 23. The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from April 26 to October 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on July 19.

The overall cost of living index in Lake Tahoe, CA is 144, which is 4% higher than the California average and 44% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Lake Taheo, CA are 3% higher than the California average and 13% higher than the national average.

Explore. No, dig in! Dig in—like there’s no tomorrow–to all that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Natural scenery that borders on the ridiculously beautiful, coupled with night life that doesn’t quit. World class casinos with big name entertainment, luxury spas and top-notch restaurants.


No matter the season, there are many fun things to do in Lake Tahoe. Summer promises legendary, heart-pounding downhill single track and bike paths for social spins. Hike your heart out, get your bootie in a boat or to a beach. Which beach? Well, there are beaches with restaurants, with marinas and water toys, beaches with live music that beg for a sunset bbq and secluded ones that whisper quiet relaxation in the sun. All with views of spectacular Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada’s. Speaking of views, get a bird’s eye view from a paddlewheel boat or a gondola car. Navigate one of the Epic Adventure ropes courses or zoom down a zip line.


Every good get-away deserves a serious-or not so serious-shopping spree. With a plethora of distinctive gear shops, unique boutiques and brand basics, you can get it, sport it, wear it, use it while you’re here. And it goes without mentioning (ok, we will anyway), that Tahoe South breeds some heavy-hitting artists and artisans and you’ll find your favorites in galleries galore.


Did someone say history? Check it out, all over the place. From Zephyr Cove Resort, built in 1900 in response to the Comstock silver mining boom to Camp Richardson Resort offering city-folk a lake front retreat since 1924, to Vikingsholm Castle, another grand estate of the 1920’s, we can tell a story or two about life at the Lake in yesteryear.


You may have to go home to rest but come back for winter. And rest assured that even in winter we don’t roll up the sidewalks at sundown. Ski and ride the real-deal big mountains like Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe, then check out how Tahoe South interprets après ski—it’s a whole new language you’re going to want to learn. On your winter trip, don’t forget to squeeze in sledding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or just some sliding around on some ice on some skates.

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