Beaches & State Parks

There’s certainly no shortage of incredible places to explore in and around Lake Tahoe and Truckee. When it comes to beaches and State Parks, there really are perfect places for just about every activity you want to do outdoors. Consider adding these five to your “must visit” list.


Best Place to Camp

Donner Memorial State Park

If sleeping under the stars is your idea of the perfect summer evening, don’t miss an opportunity to camp at Donner Memorial State Park.

An epicenter for amazing outdoor adventures, when you’re here you not only have direct access to Donner Lake, but hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and more. Located just steps from the historic Donner Memorial and Museum, the campground is open late May through September.


Best Beach for Dogs

Patton Landing

Located in the heart of Carnelian Bay, the rocky beach at Patton Landing is the area’s most popular dog-friendly beach. One of few beaches at Lake Tahoe where dogs are welcome, if your four-legged friend likes to swim or simply hang out, this is the place to be. Home to Waterman’s Landing beachfront café and paddle sport rentals, it’s also a great spot to grab a cup of coffee or a tasty treat. The only ask: be sure to clean up after your pet.



Best Place for a Picnic

DL Bliss State Park

Whether or not you camp at DL Bliss State Park, day access is permitted for those who want to enjoy the beach area at this popular site.

Bring a picnic lunch, sit and relax on the beach, hike the Rubicon, Lighthouse or Balancing Rock Trail and take in the stunning views.

Fun Fact: From certain points in the park you can see over 100 feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe.


Best Beach for Kids

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Home to one of the biggest, sandiest beaches in North Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach is the perfect place for kids. A play structure and basketball court, paddleboat, paddleboard, kayak and jet ski rentals offer plenty to keep the whole family entertained, and the shallow waters off Kings Beach mean the water is warm enough to jump in during the summer months. Don’t worry about packing lunch—just steps from the beach you can pick up shave ice or a quick bite to eat from one of the many restaurants in town.


Best Place to Paddleboard or Kayak

Sand Harbor

Quite possibly the most popular beach in Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor is home to gently sloping beaches and some of the most stunning landscape in the region. It’s here where you’ll find the iconic rock formations and crystal clear waters Lake Tahoe is known for, making it the ideal place to explore by kayak or paddleboard.

Insider tip: Parking at Sand Harbor is limited. Plan to arrive early or park in Incline Village and ride the new 3-mile Incline to Sand Harbor bike path.


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