North Shore Beaches

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Commons Beach is the largest beach in Tahoe City and sits directly under the downtown area. It has a great grassy area and playground for the kids, picinic tables, and a public pier.


Kings Beach State Recreational Area is the flagship beach site in the North Tahoe area. KBSRA's 1,700 feet of lakefront is the largest public access sandy beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The wide stretch of white sand that makes up Kings Beach is a favorite of visitors and residents alike. Its south facing aspect and a lake floor that gradually deepens, makes this one of the warmest swimming areas on the Lake. Kings Beach State Recreation Area is a California State Recreation Area owned and operated by California State Parks. Contact State Parks at (530) 583-3075 with any questions regarding this property.

North Tahoe Beach is a 2.7 acre site that includes 540 feet of shoreline and is owned by the California Tahoe Conservancy, maintained and managed by California State Parks. It is located at the intersection of Highway 267 and Highway 28.

Coon Street Dog Beach is also the site of the only public dog beach* in Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista. This small, rocky beach is located to the east (left if looking at the ramp) of the boat launch. The Tahoe Unleashed Dog Park at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista is another dog-friendly option nearby.

Moon Dunes Beach is located in Tahoe Vista just off of North Lake Boulevard (State Route 28). It has a modest stretch of sand and offers picnic tables and roadside parking.

Sandy Beach is located in Tahoe Vista across Highway 28 and to the east of Anderson Road. It adjoins Moon Dunes beach.

Speedboat (Buck's) Beach is a very small beach located at the foot of Harbor Avenue. It has almost no public parking and for that reason is suggested for use by those in the adjacent neighborhoods or those who choose to access the beach by foot, bicycle or public transit.


Carnelian Beach West
The California Tahoe Conservancy's "Carnelian West" beach shares a free parking facility and day use buoy field with Gar Woods restaurant in Carnelian Bay. This wide, flat beach has year-round public restrooms and welcomes you and your leashed dog.

Patton Landing
The California Tahoe Conservancy's "Patton Landing" beach is located in the heart of Carnelian Bay. A small coffeehouse with fresh food and drinks as well as kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals. The public beach has lakefront picnic tables and seasonal restrooms. There is free parking at this site however the parking lot is small. A car top boat launch facility is also free to the public. Be sure to protect Lake Tahoe by inspecting your non-motorized watercraft for aquatic invasive species! This beach has smooth, black pebbles rather than sand, which is a unique characteristic within the Tahoe Basin.

Incline Village

Sand Harbor 

Some of the most wonderful views of the lake, it's a bit further down on the east shore but well worth doing