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Beach bound

Paul Raymore and Jeff Munson
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune file / Surrounded by her favorite toys, 6-year-old Meaghan Sterk, from Wilton, plays with construction materials offered at the Camp Richardson Beach.
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With the warm temperatures and sunny days we’ve been experiencing in Tahoe and Truckee these days, many residents are looking for the best beaches in the region. Check out our list below, which should have a beach perfect for just about everyone.

For everyone

Camp Richardson Resort & Marina



Located at Highway 89, 2.5 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, this is the essence of old Tahoe. It offers lakefront cabins, historic hotel and Beachside Inn as well as RV and camping.

An on-site restaurant, the Beacon Bar and Grill is open year round. The Camp Richardson Marina has boat and Seadoo rentals, kayaks and paddle boats, parasailing, fishing charters and waterski School.



The Mountain Sports Center rents bikes in the summer and cross country snowshoes in the winter. The perfect resort for the entire family and the beaches, including Kiva and Baldwin, are spectacular.

Call: (800) 544-1801; (530) 541-1801.

D.L. Bliss State Park

Located just north of Emerald Bay, the area needs no description, it’s all in the name. With roughly 1.5 mile of sandy beach and turquoise water, it really is bliss just to look at the area.

On one end is a roped-off swimming area and on the other is the Rubicon Point, a huge outcropping of solid granite and boulders that juts out into the lake above 25-foot-deep sandy bottom crystalline water Ð perfect for jumping off.

Rumor has it there are a couple of hidden rope swings as well as endless rocks of all heights for launching into the cool water.

D.L. Bliss is also home to some 165 camping spots and miles of hiking trails.

With some of the most beautiful water on the lake, as well as some of the best shoreline terrain, D.L. Bliss is a perfect place to be entertained for an entire day. Calawee Cove, just inside of Rubicon Point, is also perfect water for anchoring a boat and one of the more popular anchor stops on the lake.

There is a $6.50 day use parking fee, and dogs must be on a leash at all times within the park.

Call (530) 525-7277 for conditions or (800) 444-7275 for camping reservations.

Nevada Beach

Located 2 miles north of Stateline on Highway 50 off Elks Point Road, a half mile west of Roundhill Square, this gem of a beach offers all the great Tahoe views both on and off the water. Nevada Beach is regarded as one of the South Shore’s most popular local beaches and is considered dog friendly.

Call: (877) 444-6777; (775) 588-5562.

For seclusion

Hidden Beach

Located just south of Incline Village, Hidden Beach is an area of about a mile of shore accessible from the road by a web of trails. The main trailhead branches off and each trail leads to a small cove or group of boulders. With the water so high this year, there is no sand, but large boulders provide good warming rocks for sunbathing and the water is magically clear.

There is very little parking; what’s available on the small strip of road is all there is, leaving Hidden Beach sparsely populated.

Location: Just south of Incline, look for a sandy shoulder before a guardrail, the signs are there but easy to miss if you’re driving by. If you get to Sand Harbor you’ve gone too far. Parking is basically what’s on the side of the road, so if the cars are stacked up there won’t be much seclusion anyway.

For a party

Chambers Landing

Located just north of Tahoma, Chambers Landing houses a full restaurant and grill above the beach, as well as a roped-off section of private, members-only beach, accessible to homeowners or renters. Not to worry, the large pier is public, as well as over half of the sand on site, leaving plenty of space for everyone. The pier is sectioned off cleverly to provide plenty of boat parking as well as a large buoy field accessible by a water taxi.

The full circle bar at the base of the pier serves up its World Famous Chambers Punch with remarkable speed. The drink is a mix of liquor and fruit juice, blended with ice Ð a perfect complement to the warm sun.

For a show

Commons Beach

In the center of Tahoe City, Commons Beach is not only a great place on any given day Ð with a large playground, ample lawn and shallow water as well as a decent size on-site parking lot, the beach is also home to various weekly summer events.

On Thursday afternoons throughout the summer is a farmers market, stocked with fresh organic produce as well as crepes, flowers and various crafts. Every Wednesday at dusk throughout the summer, Commons hosts movies on the beach, projected on a huge inflatable screen.

The best part of Commons, however, is the Sunday concert series. Each Sunday evening throughout the summer, Commons Beach hosts a full-blown free outdoor concert. The music is always good and the crowd is always friendly. Bring some wine and cheese and dance barefoot in the grass.


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