Please note that all of the Lake Tahoe shoreline in California is public property, but please be respectful of private yards and piers. In Incline Village, most of the beaches are private access, but we have outlined a few public pearls below.
West Shore: Chambers Landing.
Located about nine miles south of Tahoe City on Hwy 89, this is a flat, sandy beach adjacent to Chambers Landing Restaurant and Dock Bar. There is lots of boat traffic at the bar, and entertaining customers sipping the famous Chambers Punch, but the swimming area is safe for children and there is a special beach section that allows dogs. There is a fee for parking or you can park along the street and walk down. Concessions include sodas, water and grill food at the Dock Bar.
Tahoe City: Commons Beach
Located behind the fire station in Tahoe City, this beach is home to free weekly concerts and movies throughout the summer. An extensive children’s playground and a grassy area are uphill from the sandy shoreline. The water is shallow, but good for young children to wade in. There are no concessions at the shows, picnic and bbq’ing are allowed as long as you clean up after yourself and pack out what you brought in. There is also a weekly morning farmer’s market in the beach parking lot.
Carnelian Bay: Carnelian Bay Beach
Located by Sierra Boat Co. & Gar Woods, this is a wide, flat sandy beach that gets a lot of sun. Rent a kayak from Kayak Tahoe, located right on the beach, or wander over to Gar Woods for lunch and a signature Wet Woody. Parking is along the road or across the street in one of the commercial parking areas.
Tahoe Vista: Tahoe Vista: Moon Dunes Beach
Located near Pino Grande Avenue in Tahoe Vista, this is a secluded beach that requires a little bit of hiking to access. Park on the road and follow a small creek to the 600’ sunbathing and swimming beach. Portable restrooms, but no concessions, so bring your own water and picnic lunch.
Kings Beach: Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Located in the heart of Kings Beach off of Hwy 28, this beach features basketball, and volleyball courts. Stop by any time of day to jump into a pick-up game of either. The beach is flat with lots of sand and good swimming. Skip across the street for a quick burger and lots of authentic Mexican food. Weekly Farmer's Market on Tuesday, Thursday concerts and movies on Tuesday evening.
Crystal Bay: Speed Boat Beach/Buck’s Beach
This beach is actually located in Kings Beach, right on the state border west of Nevada. Park on the road or at one of the casinos and take the right just West of Cal Neva Resort & Casino. Follow a small road down to this secluded beach that features fun rock formations for climbing and hopping. Dogs are not allowed here.
Incline Village: Sand Harbor
This beautiful sandy beach is located down the East Shore just outside of Incline Village. There is a fee, but the views of the sunset and the mountains on the Southwest end of the Lake are worth it. During the summer, outdoor music concerts, plays and in particular, the Shakespeare Festival, take place at the outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Lake.