Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park
The beautiful Sand Harbor which is near Incline Village was memorably
featured on the series in the form of stock footage filmed and used
throughout the middle years of the series. The first filmed footage was
filmed in July 1959 and again in June of 1961. Memorable
scenes such as in "The Stranger", "The Ape", "The Courtship", "The
Countess", and "The Frenchman" from the first three years would be
optically superimposed with the actors doing their scenes on the
soundstage at Paramount Pictures for the final print for airing on NBC. Live-action stock footage would also be filmed of the cast for editing
in with many episodes in the series, mainly in the early to middle years
of Bonanza. One memorable scene filmed at Sand Harbor was for "The Storm" ( 1962 ). Joe's lady love has died and he's standing at the shore grieving over her demise. He then rides out and goes back to the ranch. Riding shots of the cast and stuntmen were filmed in July of 1959. This would serve as stock footage over the first two seasons.
In June of 1961, the cast and crew arrived to shoot more segments and stock footage. The newly filmed riding shots match the cast's look and costumes. In June of 1962, the cast and crew returned to film new riding shots and stock footage once again. This is all part of making an outdoor series like "Bonanza" look right.
DIRECTIONS (From South Lake Tahoe): Take Hwy 50, east along the south shore and proceed until you get over on Nevada Route 28, and a few miles after you pass Spooner Lake, you will see these large formations along the shore that grace the northeastern shore, almost to Incline Village.
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