Roadless areas are one of the most important parts of our system of public lands, especially for trout. Made up of national forest lands that have experienced few impacts from road building, roadless areas protect some of our country’s best unbroken trout habitat, serve as sources of clean water for important watersheds, and provide unmatched backcountry fishing experiences. Despite their importance, roadless areas are frequently a target for deregulation and development. That’s why we’ll be highlighting the remarkable roadless areas in California, the trout they protect, and the fishing to be found there.
Our first roadless area is the Meiss Meadows area in the Tahoe Basin Management Unit. In an area full of famous trout rivers and even more famous tourist destinations, Meiss Meadows is a rare piece of untouched backcountry, with the fish to prove it. Meiss Meadows is home to the only self-sustaining population of native Lahontan cutthroat trout in the Tahoe Basin, where adventurous anglers can find them in their ancient home. Native trout, open country, and clean water for Lake Tahoe and the Truckee river -- what more could you ask for?
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