Travel to North Lake Tahoe
The character of North Lake Tahoe is enhanced by the fact that the region spans both California and Nevada. However, in a time like this, that lends to some extra challenges for our region. Both states (and a number of counties) are diligently working through phases of a gradual and thoughtful reopening. Currently both sides of North Lake Tahoe are open for tourism-related travel however there are differing requirements and restrictions between the two states that visitors should be aware of. Please visit our Destination Statement for an up-to-date listing of state specific information.
The business community is excited to welcome guests back in a safe environment. With an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, culinary offerings, locally-owned shops, gaming entertainment and more, each business sector has been working tirelessly to provide a safe and healthy experience for both residents and guests.
For full details on each state’s reopening process and to see a list of business sectors allowed to open at this time, refer to the California Reopening Information and the Nevada Reopening Information from the respective state entities.
We have also created a comprehensive Know Before You Go Informational Guide that provides tips and recommendations to best prepare for your North Lake Tahoe adventures.
Please note that face coverings or masks are now required when outside the home in California and Nevada. Here are the exact details on the California mandate, and here are the exact details on the Nevada mandate. Please help us limit the spread while you’re enjoying the region, Mask Up!
Restaurant and Business Updates
Allowances and restrictions are changing regularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic so please check business websites or give them a call for specific information on operations and modifications as things continue to change rapidly.
All North Lake Tahoe businesses have put safety and health as their top priority and are implementing a wide variety of safety measures to keep both guests and employees safe. To see industry guidelines that have been outlined for North Lake Tahoe Businesses, visit Washoe County’s site (NV) or Placer County’s site (CA).
Many restaurants and retail businesses are now open with modified operations. Throughout the region, restaurant services now include takeout and outside dining. California and Nevada locations are offering indoor dining services with limited capacities, and at this time Nevada locations are limited to a 5-person party size. Bars are open in Nevada however bars in California that do not serve food are closed at this time even if they typically operate in an indoor setting.
Some regional ordinances have been loosened to allow restaurants and retail to expand their outside offerings. Please look for signage at all business locations with specifics on how they are handling traffic flow, payment options and requirements to enjoy their services.
Outdoor Recreation in North Lake Tahoe
Not only is getting outside to enjoy nature allowed, but it’s encouraged – nature has a way of restoring the soul. A number of outdoor recreation activities are approved to be open and available at this time. If you are partaking in them, please be mindful of others while recreating outdoors, bring your personal protective equipment, and keep an eye out for these signs along the way to remind you of best practices.
Hiking, Biking and Running
Outdoor activities including hiking, biking and running are acceptable as long as safe, physical distancing of 6 feet or more is maintained. Please be mindful of crowds along popular trails. Don’t congregate at trail heads. Pick wide trails vs. single track, and loop trails vs. out-and-back trails. For trail information, visit Placer County Trails (the California side of Lake Tahoe) and Washoe County Trails (the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe).
Boating on Lake Tahoe
Watercraft inspections to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species is required when boating in Lake Tahoe. Appointments for all boaters can now be scheduled at this time. Here you can find the most updated boating information along with a full list of open ramps.
State Parks, National Forest and Camping
All California and Nevada State Parks are open for day-use, including most parking areas and restrooms. Most National Forest trails, trailheads and lands in the Tahoe Basin are open. National Forest visitors should keep in mind that restrooms and trash removal are not yet available in many locations, so plan accordingly and be prepared to pack out everything brought in and used.
Many California and Nevada State Parks and Forest Service campgrounds are now open at limited capacities. While dispersed camping is technically available on some Forest Service lands in the Lake Tahoe Region, permits must be obtained online at least 1 day before your trip. If camping in any area within the Lake Tahoe region, please follow Leave No Trace principles and follow the current and stringent fire restrictions.
Please note: The US Forest Service announced on September 8th a temporary closure for campgrounds and day-use sites in all of California’s national forests including the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Tahoe National Forest due to wildfire threats. The order went into effect 9/8/20 and continue until deemed safe. Please check with any facilities before arriving.
Many Lake Tahoe public beaches have begun to open. However, anticipate closures and/or limited accessibility. Area parking lots and restroom facilities may not be open. Be prepared. Restrooms and other facilities are not cleaned after every use. Please practice physical distancing while recreating and remember to Leave No Trace. Information on Lake Tahoe Beaches can be found here.
Golf courses around Tahoe are now open with modified tee-times and physical distancing practices. Call ahead as tee times are now required in advance and some “public” golf courses are only open to current pass holders. You’ll likely also be asked to bring your own clubs.
Casinos in Nevada
Casinos were given clearance to reopen in Nevada beginning on June 4th. They are implementing a number of modifications to proceed forward. Many will have reduced occupancies along with stringent cleaning procedures. Guests should expect to be limited to three players at blackjack and other table games, four players at roulette, and six players at a craps table. Some resorts plan to disinfect dice between shooters, clean chips periodically and change card decks frequently.
Many summer events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. We will continue to provide event updates here as things change. Please inquire directly with event producers if you have questions during this time of uncertainty. And certainly make sure to check out a number of virtual experiences to connect you to North Lake Tahoe.
Tahoe Area Rapid Transit (TART) is operating on reduced services. Routes are subject to change so passengers should utilize the Transit NextBus app for real-time arrival information. Passengers must load through the rear door when possible. Please adhere to physical distancing requests and riders are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
Tahoe Forest Health System
10121 Pine Avenue
Incline Village Community Hospital
880 Alder Avenue
Incline Village, NV