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Public Agencies Could Acquire Incline Lake Property

TitlePublic Agencies Could Acquire Incline Lake Property
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-03-08
Summary/DescriptionSegment #107 - "Incline Lake" (Air Date: March 8, 2005). Glen Williams from the Terra Firm land use consulting firm explains how the current owners of Incline Lake are trying to work out a deal to sell the land to the Forest Service.
SubjectLand use -- Nevada -- Incline Village Region
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif and Nev)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A107: Incline Lake Air Date: March 8, 2005 Tease @ 28:42 "This half buried home here is a part of the Incline Lake Corporation. It's a very private, very secret, wonderful piece of property at the top of Mt. Rose. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll take you on an exclusive tour coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: Incline Lake sits near the top of the Mount Rose Highway. It is a unique piece of private property surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of Forest Service land. It's vicinity to Lake Tahoe and it's incredible surroundings make the property very desirable to developers. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes us on an exclusive tour of Incline Lake and explains how the current owners are trying to work out a deal to sell the land to the Forest Service. ((TAKE PKG)) ((track 1)) Incline Lake has a very colorful past. The property was once owned by flamboyant millionaire George Whittell who, at the time, owned nearly all of Lake Tahoe's east shore. Whittell sold the property in 1939 and it became the Incline Lake Corporation. The property is divided into 28 shares. 20 shareholders currently own interest in the Corporation. Some of Nevada's and some of Hollywood's biggest movers and shakers have spent time at Incline Lake over the years. ((sot @ 17:42 Glen Williams, Terra Firma, Land Use Consultants)) "This lake was the first place that Lucille Ball ever caught a trout. On the back of the deck of the clubhouse there one of the board members told us that Bill Lear and Howard Hughes are sitting down drawing jet designs on cocktail napkins. Supreme Court justices have stayed here…all kinds of interesting folks." ((track 2)) The property includes the lake, six buildings ranging from a clubhouse to a 14-thousand square foot lodge with a telescope and indoor swimming pool, small cabins and a caretaker's home. The parcel was split into a 40-lot subdivision decades ago…though that subdivision was never developed. And, 56 of Incline Lake's 777 total acres actually sits outside the area of the Tahoe Basin…making it extremely attractive to developers. ((sot @ 21:40)) "It appears that there is a phenomenal amount of coverage associated with this property which is land the TRPA recognizes as buildable land coverage." ((track 3)) But instead of selling to a developer, the shareholders owners want the Forest Service to buy it so the land can be opened to the public. ((s/u @ 27:31 Shelly Purdy)) "If the sale of this Incline Lake property really does to through with the Forest Service it's an incredible opportunity to put an amazing piece of property into public hands, if the sale does not go through, the property could very well be purchased by a developer." ((sot@ 19:20)) "They are willing sellers of course. It all depends on the final appraised value. But there is a group of the shareholders that would like to see this protected in perpetuity and would like to see the benefit that some of their families have enjoyed carried over to the public at large." ((track 4)) The property has been listed for consideration under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act where surplus lands in Southern Nevada is sold to purchase more desirable and environmentally sensitive lands in other parts of the state. Whether it all happens still remains to be seen. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: The forest Service is very interested in purchasing the land, but they do not want the responsibility of maintaining the buildings on the property. Washoe County has stepped-in and offered to build parking and trailheads at the site and also manage the buildings. The land owners have said if the deal goes through, they will give the county an endowment to help pay the cost of managing the property.

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