Leave No Dog Behind — the unofficial motto of living (and vacationing) in Lake Tahoe. Whether you’re hitting the trails or sipping a sour ale at a local brewery, you’re going to find yourself in the company of furry friends. While not all beaches in the basin are pup-friendly, there are a number of sandy shores where you can enjoy a game of fetch or two. Here are our favorites:
Get your pup some exercise along the 2.8-mile out-and-back Lam Watah Nature Trail leading to Nevada Beach in Stateline. Walk through meadows and tall pine trees, then follow the paw prints once you hit the pavement near the campground to the dog-friendly south-end of the beach. Compared to most Tahoe beaches, this one is especially wide even during high-water years.
Parking for the trail is located at the corner of U.S. 50 and Kahle Drive. To skip the walk, turn west onto Elks Point Road off of U.S. 50 in Zephyr Cove and enter the campground and day-use parking area closer to the beach.
Located along Lakeview Avenue in South Lake Tahoe, Regan Beach is a great destination for the whole family: it’s dog friendly and has a large grassy area and playground for the kids.
Limited free parking is available at the beach.
Skunk Harbor’s teal waters and series of small sandy beaches make it a popular spot for boaters to anchor and swim ashore. However, the sheltered cove can be accessed on foot via a 2.6-mile out-and-back (and dog-friendly) trail.
Skunk Harbor is located on Nevada Route 28, roughly 2 miles north of U.S. 50. Parking is limited to turnouts along the road, and a green gate on the west side of the highway marks the trailhead.
Past Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe is Kiva Beach, a partially dog-friendly stretch of shoreline. Signs clearly indicated where pups are allowed to romp — east of Tallac Point — and why: the western wetlands are home to a host of nesting and roosting birds.
The large beach also has great views of Mount Tallac.
Kiva Beach is located roughly 3.5 miles north of the “Y” (the intersection of U.S. 50 and California Route 89). Free parking is available at the visitor’s center, along with restrooms and picnic tables.
COON STREET DOG BEACH
Coon Street Dog Beach is located at the east end of Kings Beach. The area is rocky and has a few picnic tables available for owners to enjoy. While this is not the beach for owners looking to lounge on a sandy shore all day, it’s great for the water-loving pup in need of a swim.
The beach is located at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area, and parking is $10.
The pebble-covered Patton Beach is a dog-friendly destination and home to Waterman’s Landing, a gourmet coffeehouse and café with delicious eats and stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals. Dogs are welcome on the eastern portion of the beach as well as the deck of the café.
The parking lot is free for the public beach located on North Lake Boulevard in Carnelian Bay.