Trout Creek is one of 63 streams flowing into Lake Tahoe. The stream meanders from higher elevations of the Tahoe Basin, down through the town of South Lake Tahoe. Trout Creek has historically undergone significant disturbances due to cattle grazing, logging, development, and stream channelization which led to the depletion of many plant and animal species.
A recent 2001 restoration project restored much of the stream channel increasing flood frequency, raising ground water levels, improving vegetation, and enhancing critical wildlife habitat. Improved creek conditions have also led to healthier surrounding meadows.