Beach time: Get your toes in the sand this weekend while visiting South Lake Tahoe
Summer may be winding down to fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out to the beach this Labor Day weekend. Everyone has their favorite stretch of Lake Tahoe lakefront. Here are a couple options:
El Dorado Beach is backed by the renovated Lakeview Commons area right in the middle of South Lake Tahoe. Amphitheater-style seating, food, restrooms, paddle and bike rentals and a host of businesses nearby make this one of the easiest beaches to spend your day at this weekend. It’s popular, so you won’t be alone, but the hassle of getting to the beach is kept to a minimum here. El Dorado Beach is located between Rufus Allen Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue.
RIDE A BIKE
Nevada Beach is over the state line on eastern side of the lake. While it does offer parking, pedaling the easy, 1.1-mile Lam Watah Trail to the beach is a pleasant way to get to your day on the beach. The trail starts near the intersection of Kahle Drive and U.S. Highway 50. The beach offers restrooms and barbecue and picnic facilities. Nevada Beach is located three miles north of the state line off Elks Point Road. If you do take a car, parking fees apply.
Pope Beach offers ample parking directly next to the beach and features other amenities, like picnic facilities, restrooms and barbecues that will help make chasing kids around the beach all day that much easier. Pope Beach is located two miles north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 89 known as the “Y.” Parking fees apply.
Dogs on leashes are permitted on a section of South Shore’s Kiva Beach. No dogs are allowed on the federally protected wetlands west of Tallac Point, so pay attention to the signs to make sure man’s best friend stays in the right zone. Kiva Beach is located off State Route 89 near the Tallac Historic Site, just west of Camp Richardson. Follow the road past Taylor Creek Visitor Center to find the parking area for the beach.
Another option for dog-lovers is the dog beach that is part of Regan Beach. Regan Beach is located off Lakeview Avenue, between Sacramento and Fresno avenues in South Lake Tahoe.
The expansive sands of Baldwin Beach have only become wider due to the ongoing drought and the low lake levels; it remains a great place to put your toes in the sand. Baldwin Beach is located on State Route 89 approximately 4 miles northwest of South Lake Tahoe, and it includes restrooms, barbecues and picnic facilities. Parking fees apply.
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