Lake Tahoe Beaches, Campgrounds & Parks

Lake Tahoe is blessed with many beautiful beaches. At most of them you can beach your boat, but you should scout carefully for rocks first. Putting out a stern anchor is always advisable when beaching, as it keeps the boat from drifting sideways and also makes it easier to leave, especially if a swell comes up. A safer approach is to anchor just off the beach and wade ashore.

Never leave a beached boat unattended. The swell can increase rapidly, especially on the East Shore beaches in the afternoon, making conditions hazardous.

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    Camp Richardson Resort

    300 camp sites, 38 cabins, historic hotel w/29 rooms, biking, hiking, boating, lots of family oriented activities; closest marina to Emerald Bay.

    Boat Access: Camp Richardson

    contact

    1900 Jameson Beach Rd.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
    Phone: (530) 541-1801 or (800) 544-1801
    Website: http://www.camprichardson.com/

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    Chambers Landing Pier

    Small beach adjacent to Chambers Landing pier. Beach to one side of pier is private; one side is open to public.

    Boat Access: Chambers landing dock

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    6300 Chambers Lodge Road
    Homewood, CA 96141

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    D.L. Bliss State Park

    North of and adjacent to Emerald Bay State Park (they are administered jointly, and basically considered to be D.L.Bliss/Emerald Bay State Park), shoreline of D.L. Bliss stretches from slightly north of Rubicon Point to slightly north of Emerald Point.

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    Highway 89
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 961548
    Phone: (530) 525-7277 summer (530) 525-3345
    Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=505

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    Emerald Bay State Park

    Primitive boat camp with moorings, piers, and beaches; Vikingsholm Mansion, hiking (beautiful waterfalls), Fanette Island with the famous tea house, strenuous climb to the parking lot. The park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City.

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    Hwy 89
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96154
    Phone: (530) 541-3030
    summer (campground) (530) 525-3345
    Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=506

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    Incline Village

    Beautiful swath of beach, launch ramp, but only available for use by Incline residents, temporaray renters, or homeowner’s association guests; launch permit can be issued to those meeting one of these criteria.

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    Hwy 28
    Incline Village, NV 89452

  • Kaspian National Forest Picnic Area

    Nice, newly rebuilt (7/98) pier at the north end of pleasant picnic area (despite being somewhat close to the road), pebble/cobble beach, bicycle and hike-in camping inland of the main road (Hwy 89).

    Directions: Kaspian Campground is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe on Highway 89, near Tahoe City, California. From Truckee, take Highway 89 South to Tahoe City. Continue south on Highway 89 from Tahoe City for another 4.2 miles to Kaspian Picnic Area. Approximately 2/3 of the way between Tahoe City and Homewood.

    South of Sunnyside on State Route 89, campsites across highway, rest rooms, picnic facilities, BBQ.

    Boat Access: Pier

    contact

    Intersection of Hwy 89 & Blackwood Canyon Rd
    West Lake Tahoe, CA 96141

  • Kings Beach State Recreation Area

    The park is located in downtown Kings Beach, off Hwy. 28. Restrooms, picnic area, barbecue grills, and playground area.

    Kings Beach State Recreation Area features Ponderosa Pine and small brush covering the park’s 700 feet of lake frontage area. This day-use only area is popular for water sports during the summer.

    Hours: Dawn to 10 PM

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    North Lake Blvd.
    Kings Beach, CA
    Phone: (530) 546-4212
    Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=511

  • Lake Forest Campground

    Next to launch ramp and Coast Guard station.

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    2500 Lake Forest Rd.
    Tahoe City, CA 96145
    Phone: (530) 583-3796

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    Meeks Bay Marina

    Marina, launch ramp, adjacent to campground and lodging.

    contact

    7941 Emerald Bay Road
    Tahoma, CA 96142
    Phone: (530) 525-5588
    Fax: (530) 525-4028
    Email: mbr@washoetribe.us
    Website: http://www.meeksbayresort.com/

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  • Meeks Bay Resort

    Camping, lodging (12 lakeside units, 8 lakeview cabins, 1 lakefront mansion).

    Boat Access: Meeks Bay

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    7941 Emerald Bay Road
    Tahoma, CA 96142
    Phone: (530) 525-6946 or (877} 326-3357
    Fax: (530) 525-4028

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    Round Hill Pines Beach Marina

    Huge pier with Caesars and other big casino boats, ski school, big mooring field, short-term tieup at dock, buoys and watertaxi, may beach boat as well; snack bar, tennis, swimming pool.

    Boat Access: Marla Bay

    contact

    Hwy 50
    Stateline, Nevada 89449
    Phone: (775) 588-3055
    Email: info@roundhillpinesresort.com
    Website: http://www.roundhillpinesresort.com/marina

  • Sand Harbor (Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park)

    Sand Harbor is the most popular, with sandy beaches, a boat launch, picnicking and group use facilities. Sand Harbor is located three miles south of Incline Village on State Route 28. Nevada Division of State Parks, picnic facilities, restrooms, idyllic, beautiful little cove, often extremely crowded.Entrance: $12 ($2 discount for NV residents) (Apr15-Oct15), $7 ($2 discount NV residents)2 (Oct16-Apr14)

    contact

    2005 Hwy. 28
    Sand Harbor, Nevada
    Phone: (702) 831-0494
    Email: tahoesp@hughes.net
    Website: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/sand-harbor/

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    Secret Harbor

    A series of beautiful, remote beaches. Because it is a hike from the parking lot and the lot is small, these beaches are less crowded that most others. Some are frequented by nudists.

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    2005 Highway 28
    Incline Village, NV 89451

  • Skylandia Park

    South of Lake Forest development; public pier, picnic facilities, small beach.

    Skylandia Park is a 24-acre California State Park operated and maintained by the TCPUD. It is located 1.5 miles east of Tahoe City on Lake Forest Road. Skylandia Park provides bike trails, hiking trails, and picnicking. The park also features a beach, pier and swimming area.

    Boat Access: Tie up at pier, anchor and dinghy in, or beach boat

    contact

    Lake Forest Rd at end of Bristlecone
    Tahoe City, CA 96145
    Phone: (530) 583-3796

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    Sugar Pine Point State Park

    Nice public pier, main attraction the Ehrman Mansion, lots of activities offered, good hiking, 175 campsites.

    The ski trail parking on the west side of Highway 89 and the day use area on the east side of Highway 89 remain open during the winter.

    Seasons: The campground will close for the winter season on November 30th and reopen on May 1st.

    Boat Access: Pier, anchor out and dinghy in, or beach boat

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    Hwy 89
    Sugar Pine Point, CA 96142
    Phone: (530) 525-7982, summer (530) 525-3345, snow phone (530) 525-7982
    Email: lssec@parks.ca.gov
    Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=510

  • Tahoe Pines Beach

    Beach launch site for small boats, sign posted prohibiting launch between 10 am and 4 pm., pebble/cobble beach, end of Grand Ave.

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    end of Grand Ave.
    Tahoe Pines, CA 96141

  • Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and Boat Launch

    Hwy. 28 and National Ave. Picnic area, barbecue pits, and public restrooms. Launch fee $5, $7 daily fee to park.

    contact

    Hwy. 28 and National Ave.
    Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
    Phone: (530) 546-4212
    Website: http://www.dbw.ca.gov/maps/facilityinfo.asp?facilityID=731

  • Willam Kent National Forest Campground

    Campsites $14.00/night.

    Boat Access: Anchor off beach

    contact

    1995 West Lake Blvd.
    Sunnyside, CA
    Phone: (530) 583-3642