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Lake Tahoe Beaches


Lake Tahoe region is noted for its beautiful and accessible beaches:CHIMNEY BEACH – This U. S. Forest Service beach is located off of Nevada State Route 28 on the Lake’s East Shore. There are two parking lots with trailheads leading you one-quarter mile down to the beach. This beach could be considered one the most scenic beach on the East Shore. Dogs are allowed and always bring a leash.THE NUDE BEACHES – Several beaches are recognized as being open to all including those who want to nude sunbathe.  Along Nevada State Route 28, look for Secret Harbor, Secret Cove and Paradise Beach, among others.

SAND HARBOR – Part of Nevada Lake Tahoe State Parks, Sand Harbor is one of the most breathtaking shorelines on the lake. The water is emerald in color and clear. It has smooth rocks to swim off of and soft sandy beaches.  It is also home to Shakespeare at Sand Harbor and The Sand Harbor Music Festival.

COON ST. BEACH – This beach is small, but large enough to cool off any water dog. Bring your lunch and eat at one of the picnic tables. Remember to  always bring a leash.

KINGS BEACH STATE RECREATION AREA – This beach is very popular as you can walk across the street to various places to eat and shop. This long beach and southern exposure make for a great place to hang out and picnic late into the sunset. There are concessionaires with water “toy” rentals. The beach is free, but there is a charge for parking.In the summer there are free concerts

TAHOE VISTA BEACHES – You will find 3 great locals beaches here. Moondunes(no port-a-potty), Agatam, and Sandy Beach.  These beaches are popular for having the shallow water for a ways out. Parking is limited, so get there early and stake your ground. There are a few places to eat nearby: Sanchos, Buds ice cream, and for Happy Hour or dinner there is Spindleshanks and Captain Johns. Try there Island Bar water right on the waters of Lake Tahoe

COAST GUARD’S BEACH AND CAMPGROUND – This is a popular DOG BEACH, but beware, the beach is just feet from the boat ramp. From Tahoe City, go east approximately 2 miles on Hwy. 28 and make a right on Lake Forest Road. Turn at the Coast Guard sign, and veer right to the campground area. The beach is on your left. Remember to keep your leash with you.

COMMONS BEACH, located in the center of Tahoe City. There is a playground, picnic benches, BBQ’s and bathrooms. The water is shallow, good for wading in. In the summer on Sunday evenings you can enjoy free music hosted by the Tahoe City PUD. Bring a blanket, low back chairs, food and drink and be prepared to be entertained. This is also the site of the weekly farmers market held on Thursdays from spring to fall.

MEEKS BAY –  Meeks Bay Resort has water “toy” rentals and a snack bar and a campground.
LESTER BEACH – In D. L. Bliss State Park is an extremely clean beach staffed by state park employees who go out of their way to ensure the comfort of the patrons. You can start on the trail  (The Rubicon trail)that will eventually lead you to Emerald Bay. Remember you will have to pay a day use fee to enter the park.

WEST END BEACH – Is located at the far end of Donner Lake in Truckee.  Its a wonderful  beach with barbecues, water toys, volleyball and more. A great way to spend your summer day if you are at Donner Lake. Read my blog on the event I attended there.

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