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Kit Carson Lodge - Rustic Lakeside Cabins & Restaurant
UPDATE: El Dorado Forest Service Closure

Kit Carson Lodge received word this afternoon that USFS Emergency Closure Order 20-13 will remain in effect until September 21st. (see the entire order They have advised us they will re-evaluate on that date. There is no hiking, camping, fishing, or driving in the El Dorado National Forest at this time. The U.S. Forest has very little resources to fight fires in the area, and CAL Fire is stretched beyond their limit.

Currently, there is a considerable amount of smoke at the lodge. For the protection of our staff and guests, Kit Carson Lodge has made the difficult decision to close the lodge for the season.

We thank you for your understanding. If you have an upcoming reservation, please contact our office at (209) 258-8500.
We hope to see all of our guests back next season.

Mike & Jill

Thank you for understanding.

Kit Carson Operating Plan for COVID-19 2020


Kit Carson Lodge - Rustic Lakeside Cabins & Restaurant

Quiet, elegant, comfortable and unpretentious, Kit Carson Lodge has been providing a superb Silver Lake Lodge experience in the Sierras for over 90 years. Decade after decade the Lodge has remained timeless, unfailingly maintaining its traditional atmosphere through the years. Rustic and elegant, our Silver Lake Resort allows guests to feel welcome from the moment they arrive. Kit Carson is a seasonal resort open from the first Friday in June till the early October.

Located at an elevation of 7,300 feet above sea level in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California just a 45-minute drive from South Lake Tahoe, Kit Carson Lodge is situated in a spectacular setting off Highway 88 on the shore of Silver Lake.

Full menu breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 10:00 am
Lunch is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Dinner is served from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the last dinner seating at 8:30.  

Join us for dinner on the deck and enjoy the live music of Herb Boxhorn.  Reservations recommended.
Dates to enjoy Herb's music are July 17th, July 18th, Aug 14th, Aug 28th, Sept 4th.

Participate in special craft workshops on Saturdays with Katherine Venturelli, July 18th  August 15th, Aug 29th and September 5th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and learn how to make a mono-type art print.  A great event for all ages.

Most all of the cabins and hotel rooms were built on steep terrain and or have stairs up into the units. If you have any specific requirements please call our reservation number.

For an itemized list of ADA accessible amenities.


Guest Lodging

Accommodations at Kit Carson Lodge consist of 18 housekeeping cabins and eight hotel rooms. A majority of our cabins and rooms have a majestic lake view.

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Silver Fork Restaurant 

Breakfast hours 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Dinner hours 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Whether you enjoy this scenic lake from our sandy swimming beach or from one of our canoes, kayaks or motor boats, the lake is a must on your vacation agenda.

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Kit Carson Lodge

For over 90 years, guests have enjoyed the rustic elegance that is Kit Carson Lodge. Located on the shores of Silver Lake, high in the Sierra range, the Lodge is a destination resort of housekeeping cabins and hotel rooms.

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Group Events

At Kit Carson Lodge, we believe in providing you with an unforgettable experience. That's why we created traditions at Kit Carson Lodge, such as the nightly campfire with s'mores and complimentary wine tasting every Tuesday.

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Kit Carson Lodge Policies

Read through our policies before coming and enjoying your stay at Kit Carson Lodge. When you book a reservation, whether you call or book online, you agree and understand all our policies.

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