Public Beaches (No Dogs Allowed)

Let Tahoe Elite deliver you, your gear and your crew off at one of Tahoe’s glorious beaches and you won’t have to hassle with the crazy parking of mid-summer. We will pick you up at the end of the day and you can continue relaxing while we get you safely back to your lodgings.

North Shore

King’s Beach- located only 15 minutes from the hotel, King’s Beach is the closest beach. It is a large beautiful
sand beach. The views are great as you are looking straight across the lake. All types of watersports are offered here: paddleboard-, kayak- , etc. rentals. There are some restaurants in King’s Beach right by the common’s beach area.

Speedboat Beach- take 267 to King’s Beach- turn left onto 28 after you leave King’s Beach look to your right for Speedboat Ave. Turn here and try to find parking- parking is difficult here. Walk down the street to the beach. This beach is small, gorgeous and offers lots of rocks to sunbathe on or
jump off of. (no restrooms and no restaurants)

West Shore

Tahoe City Common’s Beach- take 89 south to Tahoe City. Commons Beach is the heart of the town. There is grass and sand on the beach and a big playground. This is a great
beach for families with small children. There are clean restrooms and lots of restaurants.

South East Shore

Meeks Bay- take 89 south past Tahoe City and turn into the Meeks Bay Resort. This a beautiful small Bay with a large sandy beach. Because they have a marina, you can rent any water toy there is.

Baldwin Beach- take 89 south past Tahoe City and Emerald Bay to Baldwin Beach. This beach is long and
wide and offers beautiful soft sand. This beach looks like you are not in Tahoe but somewhere on the

East Shore

Sand Harbor- take 267 to 28 until you reach Sand Harbor State Park. This beach is the most famous and most popular in Tahoe. It offers turquoise caribbean-like water, white sand beaches and lots of beautiful rocks. You have to get here early as the park
does sell out.

South East Shore

Zephyr Cove- take 267 to 28 to 50 until you reach Zephyr Cove resort. This is a party beach. Because you are on the Nevada side of the lake, drinking is allowed on the beach, in fact waitresses bring you your drink to your towel.

Zephyr Cove is also the harbor for the Tahoe Queen and the Tahoe Gal, which offer scenic boat rides on the lake.

All of the above beaches are very easily accessible, offer restrooms and restaurants (except for Speedboat) and therefore get more crowded in the summertime.

If you are looking for a secluded beach with less crowds, check out the dog-friendly beaches. Chimney, Secret, Hidden Beach and Skunk Harbor are the least crowded beaches but require a short walk/hike to the beach.

Dog-Friendly Beaches

Dogs are not allowed on any “state” designated swimming beaches, but there are dog friendly options throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.

North Shore

Kings Beach: Dogs are allowed on the east side of the Coon St. boat ramp. Coon St. Picnic Area is located on Hwy. 28 (N. Lake Blvd.) at the end of Coon St.

Waterman’s Landing: the entire beach (rock beach) is dog friendly- there is a café as well with outdoor seating where you can have dogs.

Carnelian Bay: Dogs are allowed on the rock beach next to Garwood’s. Hwy. 28 (N. Lake Blvd.) located in Carnelian Bay.

West Shore & Tahoe City

Hurricane Bay: Located on Hwy. 89 (W. Lake Blvd.) 4 miles south of Tahoe City. A rocky beach just offthe highway, 1.4 miles south of Sunnyside.

Lake Forest Beach Park:
Located on Hwy. 28 (N. Lake Blvd) 1 mile east of Tahoe City. Turn onto Lake Forest Rd., then turn onto Bristlecone Rd. and follow to the end.

Skylandia Park & Beach:
Located on Hwy 28 (N. Lake Blvd) 1 ½ miles east of Tahoe City. Turn onto Lake Forest Rd., then turn onto Aspen Rd. and follow to the end.

East Shore

Hidden Beach: From the North Shore, take Hwy. 28 south to the Memorial Point Visitors Center parking lot, about a half-mile north of Sand Harbor. Park there only if you want to take a short, 20-minute dip, or, if they’re available, in one of the hard-to-find parking spaces along Highway 28. Hidden Beach is located next to the highway, about a half-mile south of its intersection with Lakeshore Drive. From the lot, walk along the highway until you see the beach, which will be clearly visible from a guard rail between Hwy. 28 and the sand. (Caution: NUDE sunbathing allowed at this beach.)

Chimney Beach: From the North Shore, take Hwy. 28 south to Sand Harbor. Just over a mile south of Sand Harbor, look on your right for the iron security gate of a private estate. Proceed south on Hwy. 28 another 200 yards until you come to a gated Forest Service parking lot on the east (mountain) side of the highway. Park in the little 30-car lot, walk across the highway, and take the easy trail down to the beach. It should take you about 5-10 minutes to reach the sand.

Secret Beach: From the North Shore, take Hwy. 28 south to Sand Harbor. Just over a mile south of Sand Harbor, right as the tree line starts on your right hand side, look on your right for a small dirt parking lot. This is not a marked parking lot but usually always has a car or two parked already. Park and follow the dirt trail down toward the water. It’s an easy 10-15 minute walk down to the beach. This is a small beach, it is adjacent to the Thunderbird Lodge’s boathouse.

Skunk Harbor: From the North Shore, take Hwy. 28 south to Sand Harbor. The parking and trailhead is roughly 15.5 on highway 28 starting in California into Nevada. Once the road starts to curve to the left and you see the lake again and a small valley below, park before the green gate on your right hand side. Watch out for parking in the turnout: the sheriff’s department will ticket you mercilessly even if you obey the “fire access – keep clear” sign. Follow this road down to a fork at about 1 mile. The left fork will continue to Prey Meadows while the right fork continues on to skunk Harbor on the Lake’s shore. Great secluded cove with sandy beach that dogs love! And a good 3-mile roundtrip hike for you.

South Shore

Kiva Beach: From the North Shore take Hwy. 89 south all the way passed Emerald Bay. After the Mt. Tallac turnoff on your right, look for the “Tallac” historic site on your left. Turn onto Heritage Way and then left again onto Tallac Rd. Follow Tallac Rd, which ends in a small parking lot. If this parking lot is full, you would have to drive back to 89 and park along the road and walk in. From the parking lot walk left towards the beach. This beach is the biggest dog beach around Lake Tahoe. It offers breathtaking views of Mt. Tallac in the back. This beach is worth the long drive to the South Shore. Bring a cooler and spend your entire day here. The adjacent Baldwin Beach offers Watersports rentals.