The original settlement of Lotus, California was established in 1849 and named Marshall for a gold discoverer. Now, as a small town in central California near Lake Tahoe, there is tons for the outdoor lover to do and see. Locally, there is Henningsen Lotus Park and the Marshall Gold Discovery Historic State Park. Hang out on the South Fork American River and go rafting, kayaking, or swimming. Drive east for the day to the glittering blue Lake Tahoe. In the summer, enjoy hiking around the lake and boating, wakeboarding, or water skiing. In the winter, there is no shortage of epic slopes and resorts to choose from, like Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley. Take a trip to Lotus, California for a small town outdoor experience.