Dog-friendly Tahoe: Vacation just got furrier with pet-friendly amenities around the lake |

Dog-friendly Tahoe: Vacation just got furrier with pet-friendly amenities around the lake

Caitlin Row
Tahoe's Mount Tallac bike, which spans the south and west shores, is a pet-friendly, though strenuous, hike.
Courtesy / Rachid Dahnoun |

Summer vacation at Lake Tahoe means plenty of bluebird skies, lazy beach time, dining out and scenic hikes. With the region’s variety of dog-friendly amenities, weekend trips — with a little planning — could include the family pet.


Tahoe’s uniquely beautiful mountain landscape features many types of hikes, some of which are ideal for dog-walking.

North Shore pet-friendly trails include Shirley Lake Trail, High Camp at Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe Bike Path, Five Lakes Trail, Martis Creek/Tompkins Memorial Trail, Fallen Leaf Lake Trail, Paige Meadows/Ward Creek Trail, Donner Lake Trail and North Lake Tahoe Bike Path. Meanwhile, the Mount Tallac hike is fun for South Shore and West Shore hikers, while Spooner Summit To Marlette Lake is another good option on the East Shore.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone in the family, including man’s best friend, to join in on the Tahoe fun.”JT ThompsonNorth Lake Tahoe Resort Association

Then plan a trip to the lake, though it’s important to note that most beaches are closed to canines. There are a handful of good options around Lake Tahoe, however. Just remember — bring a leash and clean up after your pet.

Travelers should check out Regan Beach and Kiva Beach on the south side of the lake.

“Dogs on leashes are permitted on a section of South Shore’s Kiva Beach,” according to a past Tribune article. “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.”

Zephyr Cove offers a dog-friendly section of beach as well. listed “the north end of Zephyr Cove Beach on the East Shore” as an ideal destination for man’s best friend.

Visitors on the north side have good options, too.

According to, “The first is in Kings Beach to the left [east] of the Coon Street Boat Launch as you are looking at the lake. The second is Carnelian West Beach in Carnelian Bay, where leashed dogs are welcomed. The third is Patton Landing, also in Carnelian Bay, which provides space for people who want to spend their beach time with their leashed dogs to the east of the bridge over the wetland, while the west side of that beach is for people only.”

For those looking to paddle out with their dogs, check with area shops for tips on stand-up paddleboarding with pets.


Dining out doesn’t have to mean leaving your dog at home.

Jenn Boyd, who represents Tahoe South tourism, said canine-friendly dining patio options include Blue Angel Cafe, Artemis Lakefront Café, Sidellis Brewery, Azul Latin Kitchen, California Burger Co., Basecamp Pizza and Getaway Café. listed Patton Landing – Watermans Landing, Moe’s Original BBQ, IV Coffee Lab, Blue Agave, Alibi Ale Works and Brockway Bakery among other eateries and locations open to pooches on the North Shore.

Just remember — some restaurants may only welcome dogs on the patio. It’s best to call ahead and always keep pets leashed.

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