Gatekeeper’s Museum

The original Gatekeeper’s cabin was built by Robert Montgomery Watson—also the builder of the Watson Cabin—to be the home of the Watermaster who controlled the flow of water out of Lake Tahoe. We still have a Watermaster, but s/he no longer lives in this cabin. Instead, the cabin showcases Tahoe history, from the Washoe people through the logging and mining eras and the establishment of the tourism industry at Lake Tahoe. Exhibits include Native American baskets, resort memorabilia, historical photographs, clothing, oral histories, maps, archival documents, newspapers and artifacts.


  • 1916 Lake Tahoe Photographic Shore Line Survey Exhibit
  • Washoe History
  • 1960 Olympics and Skiing Exhibits


130 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA 96145


Please contact the museum for operating hours.

Watson Cabin
560 North Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Fees and Use

The Watson Cabin is open each year from June 26th to September 14th. Please contact the museum for operating hours and event fees.