Upper Truckee River
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The Upper Truckee River
Lahontan cutthroat were reintroduced to the headwaters of the Upper Truckee River in Meiss Meadows in the late 1980's and early 1990's through a cooperative effort between the California Department of Fish and Game, US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Before the Lahontans could move back in, the non-native brook trout had to be evicted. However successful the chemical treatment would be, it is suspected that brook trout were illegally introduced back into the Meiss Meadow area.
Since that time brook trout removal has occurred by utilizing manual electrofishing methods. Happily, recent survey efforts in 2007 did not uncover any brook trout in the headwaters. Today, the Meiss Meadow population is one of the only high-elevation meadow populations of Lahontans in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Besides craddling a healthy population of stream resident Lahontans, the Upper Truckee basin is situated in a popular alpine meadow. The popularity of Meiss Meadows is not hard to understand given the scenery and proximity to South Lake Tahoe. The Upper Truckee River also happens to be the largest source of clean water flowing into Lake Tahoe. Furthermore, this watershed provideds excellent habitat for the willow flycatcher and raptors such as peregrine falcons and bald eagles.