Jack, Annie, A Friend and Me in the background, about 1989

Jack and Annie Diving from Dive Rock, About 1989
My Boat, 1991

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Stories and Personal Accounts

Bret reported having braved the chilly waters of Secret Cove this past weekend on Sunday 03/14/2010 and he has photos taken by Bruce to prove it! (See Photo Album 2010). He said that the water temperature was 52 degrees, the air temperature was 65 but that it was actually 75 in the reflected sun on the beach. It looks from the photos as though he didn't have any trouble pushing out through all the people to try to find a place in the water. Brrrrrr!!!! He may or may not be the first one in the water this year, but he is certainly the only one that has sent photos to prove it.

"I discovered Secret Cove back in about 1973 when I was about twenty-three years old. I had already been a skinny-dipper for a few years, but had never been nude at Lake Tahoe. I had seen the strings of parked cars along the Hwy 28 shoulder and I suspected that there must be something worthwhile down below to lure people to park there and walk since the lake was not visible and the terrain seemed pretty steep. So, I parked there myself one day and took off down the hill. I didn't know where the trails were located and they were not marked at that time, so I found the Cove the hardway. I was pleasantly rewarded by finding a congenial bunch of Naturists enjoying the sun and I joined right in. I kept going back over the course of the next several years and was joined by my wife. The Mayor Of The Cove in those days was a 'regular' name 'Jerry'. 'Loud Jack' or Jack Smith was a colorful regular that had a bright green parrot that rode on his shoulder. I understand that Jack has since deceased from AIDS. I have seen the water levels change drastically twice during the past thirty-two years. The lake level twice rose to a point where there was nearly no beach to be found around the perimeter of the Cove. Just a few years ago Dennis had to pull some logs together near the bottom of the stairway in order to allow some sand to form and thus have any place at all to throw out the towel and lay down. Now, the water level have lowered once again and so there are many nice sandy areas all the way around the Cove. People come and go, but the beauty of the Cove remains"
Ted C. (Your Webmaster)

Several years ago the typical crowd was at the Cove when a family of Mergansers came around the north (Dive Rock) point - mama duck and about a dozen babies. They landed about where Dennis puts his blanket and started walking along the beach, looking for bugs. Everybody stood still and some of us had baby ducks literally walk over our toes.
Paul B.

Love the website and Secret Cove. Here's a story you might want to post toyour site.

My name is Don Saito, and I'm a hang glider pilot from the Bay Area who was introduced to Secret Cove by a couple of other hang pilot friends of mine in the mid-90's. I try to go at least a few times every year. My friends go mostly for the warm sunshine and no tan lines, but I go for the three-dimensional sensation of flight while snorkeling in the buff in those clear, cold lake waters. It's fun to visit the little fishies, crawdads, and the occasional rainbow trout that are down there, and I like trying to challenge myself (not TOO much, mind you) by going out to the mouth of the Cove, where the water is around 20' - 30' deep, diving down to the bottom, and floating back up to the shiny, rippled undersuface of the lake. It's such a beautiful and unusual environment down there, it's a pity more people don't check it out, but, the water IS pretty cold, and the deeper you go, the colder it gets!

Anyways, my real story is about a pair of expensive sunglasses that I brought down to the cove, back in 2002. I was sunning after a swim on the boulders to the south side of the cove, and I accidentally knocked my sunglasses off the boulder into the water between the cracks of the boulders. I could see them, but I couldn't reach them. Durn! Those were $120 sunglasses that I bought especially for the hang gliding. I reluctantly left them there, unable to think of anything I could do at the moment to retrieve them, but resolved to come back with a coat hanger to try to pick them up. I forgot about them, and a few years passed by before I was able to make the trip down to the cove, again. I remembered, then, and went over to the same boulder to see if I could still see them. There they were! I still didn't have anything I could use to try to reach down and hook them, so with my resolve renewed, I left them again. The next year, I remembered, and brought a coat hanger with me. I had to use my mask and snorkel and kind of stick my upper body into this crack, holding my breath, but after a few tries, I was able to hook them and bring them up. They looked just as I'd left them three years prior - no fading, no deformities - nothing! Perfectly preserved in the cold, fresh waters of Lake Tahoe. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Get high, go far!

PS: Do many other people snorkel around in the waters of Secret Cove, or am
I the only crazy one?


As a follow-up to Don's Story.......

My son's expensive prescription glasses fell off in about 20 feet of water, toward the mouth of Secret Cove.  We went around to everybody there and found a mask and snorkel to borrow and he managed to retrieve them later that day.  I've snorkeled in the Cove, but you wouldn't want to go to far out in the lake because of the "tourist" motorboats that buzz by.  And yes, the water is COLD the deeper you go!   Thanks for maintaining the website.
Paul B

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