The Inside Scoop


The First Look

Wending its way through grassy banks, the Truckee River provides a stunning backdrop for a romantic outdoor wedding and reception at the River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant in Tahoe, California. Completed in 1888, the rustic lodge overflows with scenic spots that complement the picturesque trees that dot the nearby mountains. For couples envisioning an earthy outdoor wedding, the River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant offers enchanting views of the green river and its surrounding forest, mountains and hills.

is surrounded by river rocks and water. Curved, it serves as an elegant place for first-look photos. Alternately, to-be-weds may prefer a photo session next to the dock, among the softly rolling hills that ebb and flow throughout the forested paths, punctuated by grassy knolls and lush vegetation.

is able to accommodate parties as small as 75 and as large as 175. It is available in May, June, September and October. During the summer months, it doubles as a festive area for tourists and locals to enjoy outdoor meals and live music. A symphony of paper lanterns float above guests as the sweeping branches of pine trees envelope the large space that is available for receptions. Fabric drapes across arches and potted plants are sprinkled throughout the area.


What You Should Know

Parties are responsible for renting all of the on-site lodging available, which includes 19 mountain rooms. There is a two-night minimum. All catering and beverages must be provided by the resort. Couples rent the facility for five-hour increments, with flexible options throughout the day. The latest time the ceremony may start is 3:30 p.m.

Additional fees include bartending services, cake cutting and wooden chairs. The couple is responsible for filling all 19 guest rooms at the lodge, and there is a two night minimum

Food selections include appetizers such as stuffed mushroom cap with Fontina cheese and a smoked salmon platter. The buffet dinner offers oven-roasted pork loin, organic Scottish salmon and spiced sweet potatoes. Dessert choices include chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate truffles and key lime tarts.


Extra Perks

Additional benefits available to couples who host their wedding events at River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant include:

  • Wedding coordinator provided
  • Private bar on the patio, customized to couples' needs
  • Assorted color napkins provided at no charge

From the Vendor

Weddings on the Truckee River in Lake Tahoe

The River Ranch patio is spacious and picturesque as it overlooks the beautiful Truckee River with pine tree covered mountains as the backdrop. The patio is available during the months of May, June, September and October for wedding ceremonies and receptions for a minimum of 100 guests and can accommodate up to 175 guests. July and August weddings will not be considered.

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • On-Site Accommodations

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Covered

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Venue Capacity



Waterfront, Hotel, Mountain, Restaurant

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Tents, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff


Contact Info

2285 River Road, Tahoe City, CA (530) 583-4264

Cozy with great value and location

Reviewed on 11/03/2015 Leah S

River Ranch Lodge is one of my favorite places to have a meal or get a drink near Tahoe City, so when I got engaged, it was at the top of my list. The event manager there is wonderful and easy to work with, and the food was great. Even with no water in the river (due to the... Read More drought in California), the scenery was still beautiful. The deck with the outside bar, dancing space and vintage vibe of the hotel crates a rustic atmosphere and ease for guests to mingle.

Why aren't there 10 stars to give to River Ranch!?

Reviewed on 10/07/2015 Jamie G

Linda, and the ENTIRE staff at River Ranch, made our wedding feel like one in a million... EVERY STEP OF THE WAY with River Ranch was FUN, EASY, and FLAWLESS! Wow wow wow is all we can say! The rooms are adorable! The booking of the venue and rooms is as easy as can be!... Read More The food.... we can't even put into words how amazing the food was! We went with the buffet option and chose a package that included fish, meat, salads, pastas, and every delicious delectable thing in between that we wanted. At first, we were a little hesitant to have our wedding at a venue where the food was all done on-site, but it turns out, they do this because they know they can guarantee how amazing their food is when it's all done in-house! Our guests told us for weeks after the wedding, how amazing the food was. The bar, oh the bar! Linda and my groom picked out their exact favorite preferences for beer and wine, and the rest is history. Amazing. I was "that crazy woman" who did all of the decor and wedding detail planning herself, and Linda was SO accommodating to all of my crazy ideas and thoughts! I just cannot say thank you enough to Linda and the entire River Ranch staff who worked our wedding weekend (June 20!) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! -Jamie & Tyler Carlson

Perfect Outdoor Venue

Reviewed on 7/07/2015 Shawna K

We had our wedding at the River Ranch Lodge in Tahoe City and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The ceremony and reception were both on their outside patio on the Truckee River. It was so gorgeous. The food was amazing and the bartenders were so patient and went... Read More out of their way to make our guests happy. We looked at a few other venues around Lake Tahoe but are so happy we chose the River Ranch. It really was worth every penny! One of the best things about having it there too was we got to have a lot of our friends and family stay at the River Ranch's Lodge. This was so convenient for everyone! For those guests that didn't get a room, they rented condos which were only a few steps from the venue! So convenient.

Meet The Events Director

Shayla Haskill

Experience with coordinating weddings privately. I have also assisted with weddings at West Shore Cafe and Sunnyside Resort.