Enjoying Summer in Truckee

Truckee, CA…Summer is well and truly here! It’s hot, it’s busy, and the states COVID-19 restrictions have been reduced. We wanted to put together some resources for our community and visitors to help you to have the best summer possible. Get all the information about Truckee Thursdays, our local transit service, rules and regulations around Donner Lake, our Short-Term Rental ordinance, new programs and tools in place to combat litter and service requests, as well as wildfire preparedness.

We also want to note that, in support of Truckee’s business community, the Town is continuing the suspension of certain regulations of outdoor business activities through September 30, 2021. You can learn more here. 


Truckee Thursdays

In case you missed the announcement from the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association (TDMA), Truckee Thursdays is back! On June 4, 2021, TDMA announced a condensed return to the beloved summer event. As California and our community cautiously reopen, TDMA, our local businesses, community, and visitors will celebrate three Thursdays in downtown Truckee: July 15th, August 12th, & September 9th.

Truckee Downtown Merchants Association stated in their press release, “We recognize the impact this limited schedule of Truckee Thursdays will have on the people who make our event happen — vendors, performers, artisans, musicians, and staff. We also recognize this will be the first large-scale public event many of us will have attended since COVID began. Our decision to condense Truckee Thursdays incorporates excitement, discretion, and a commitment to ultimately returning to an 11-event schedule in 2022.”

We support our community partner in their decision to move forward with the reduced schedule and look forward to the return of the 11-event schedule in 2022. It is important to note that in previous years a free shuttle service was provided to and from downtown. Due to the condensed schedule of the summer event, the shuttle will not be running and is planned to return in 2022.

We have continued to be impressed by our community’s resiliency and togetherness shown throughout the pandemic and look forward to seeing further support shown for this much-loved event’s return.  


Image - Downtown Truckee during Truckee Thursday event


How Will You Get to Truckee Thursdays?

We want to encourage residents and visitors to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by making conscious choices in how they get around town and to events such as Truckee Thursdays. We hope that everyone considers ridesharing, cycling, or to use the Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transportation (TART) service in the hours it is running. If you do, you could win a prize!

HOW TO WIN: Our Keep Truckee Green team will have a booth at Truckee Thursdays. Go and see them with proof that you chose to rideshare, cycle, walk or use public transit to travel downtown and you will have an opportunity to pick up a prize.

USING TART: The Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transportation service is FREE! It’s important to note that the last run on the Local Route starts at 5:30pm with the last stop in Downtown at the Artist Loft Apartments at 6:25pm.  The Truckee Night service will operate between Truckee and Northstar and Squaw Valley from 6pm until 11:30pm. You can view the schedule at this link:  https://tahoetruckeetransit.com/.

No Fourth of July Fireworks

Truckee and North Lake Tahoe regional officials made the difficult decision to cancel the annual July 3 fireworks at Kings Beach, and the Fourth of July fireworks shows in Donner Lake, Truckee and Tahoe City. Canceled events include the Fourth of July parade, which encompasses the Firecracker Mile in Historic Downtown Truckee, and any other events that take place through July 4 in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. You can read the full press release here.

Enjoying Donner Lake This Summer

Donner Lake is a huge part of the Truckee experience and we all want to protect it for years to come. Click here for a few tips for recreating at Donner Lake that will help to protect this important resource, including information on the Watercraft Inspection Program, overnight parking regulations, trail use, and leaving no trace.


Summit Looking at Donner Lake 

Taking on Litter

The Town of Truckee has ramped up to prepare for another busy summer season by implementing multiple litter prevention initiatives, including increased staffing, new solar-powered receptacles, volunteer clean-up events, and the Trailhead Ambassador Program. Learn more here.

Living in Bear Country- Coexisting with Wildlife

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care have put together great resources for coexisting with wildlife. Read them here.

Below are a few tips to be bear prepared. Remember to never feed wild animals!

  • Purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container.
  • Wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day.
  • Don’t leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car.
  • Keep garbage cans clean and deodorize them with bleach or ammonia.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use.
  • Avoid using birdfeeders.
  • Don’t leave any scented products outside, including non-food items like suntan lotion and candles.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and locked.
  • Consider installing motion-detector alarms and/or electric fencing.

Request Truckee

The Request Truckee platform is a new tool for the community to request Town of Truckee services for issues including trash, graffiti, sign damage, road hazards, and much more. This new platform will allow for quick and efficient communication in addressing different community issues. Submit a request through the SeeClickFix app on iOs or Android. Or, visit www.townoftruckee.com/i-want-to/submit-a-request.

Short-Term Rental Helpline

The Town of Truckee short-term rental ordinance regulates parking, noise levels, adult occupancy, fire safety, and proper garbage disposal at short-term rental properties operating in Truckee. If a short-term rental is causing a disturbance near you, a report can be submitted through the STR Helpline at (530) 450-2430 or online at www.townoftruckee.com/STRhelp. Once a report has been submitted, the operator of the STR will be notified and will have one hour to respond to the complaint.

Wildfire Preparedness & Public Safety Outage Management (PSOM)

It is important that you and your family are prepared for wildfire season and know the tools that are available for you to. Most importantly, we want to encourage our community & visitors to sign up for Nixle notifications and to Know Your Zone. Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) is also urging customers to be prepared for prolonged power outages this summer if NV Energy turns off power transmission to Truckee due to extreme fire danger. You can read more about potential PS events here.

Take the time to plan ahead and create your own personal action plan with the useful information that can be found on these websites:

Know Your Zone

Know Your Zone in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Visit community.zonehaven.com

2. Enter your address into the search bar

3. Find your zone in the pop-up window and write it down Help spread the word, share this video, talk to friends and family about their preparedness plan, and stay #ReadyNevadaCounty!