There’s something about sandy flip flops, sunset boat rides, and spectacular summer concerts that make living in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe pure paradise! And for those of you who work hard to play hard, perhaps it’s time for you to live a life like this as well.
From sunrise to sunset, there are endless ways to enjoy all that the High Sierra has to offer. And no matter where you go or what you do, the temperatures in Tahoe and Truckee give you every reason to play outside, and stay outside, under the clear cool blue skies.
While you are pondering when to head to cooler times, our team at Elder Group Tahoe Real Estate in Truckee has selected a few of our “local’s best bets” for boating, beaches, and beautiful music on Lake Tahoe.
Come put your toes in the sand with us; you’ll be glad you did!
BEST BEACHES IN LAKE TAHOE & TRUCKEE
With pictures like this, it seems like any beach could be a best bet at Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Yet within our busy schedules, there’s only so much time to put our toes in the sand and soak up the cool High Sierra scenery. To get you to the beach sooner than later, here’s a list that our real estate firm in Truckee, put together for you! For a complete list of beaches at Lake Tahoe, visit this map on-line.
On The West Shore ~
Emerald Bay There’s a reason why this setting is often noted is the “most photographed places on earth.” The entire property is a National Natural Landmark with 360 degree views that include its iconic Vikingsholm Castle, Eagle Falls, and Emerald Bay – home to the historic Fannette Island. Access is by boat or by foot via a moderate one-mile hike, yet it is worth the trek. In 1994, the Bay was designated as an Underwater State Park and is where scuba divers can explore the various ruins that rest under the crystal emerald and cobalt blue waters.
Meeks Bay & Meeks Bay Resort Our family loves this white sandy beach that is ideal for those who love lazy days in the sun or active afternoons paddleboarding, kayaking and boating from its expansive shoreline. Be sure to bring a picnic and don’t forget your camera as the setting is absolutely spectacular. There are many support facilities at Meeks Bay Resort which offers an on-site restaurant and deli, rentals, lodging, and campsites for tents and RV’s.
Lester Beach Located in the D.L. Bliss State Park on the West Shore, Lester Beach offers a gorgeous lagoon-like swimming area and is the site of one of Tahoe’s most expansive beaches. Plus, the surrounding park offers an environmental learning center, Visitors Center with interpretative exhibits and a small museum. It’s also ideal for scuba diving, paddleboarding, boating, and is a fun spot for geocaching as well.
Sugar Pine Point The Sugar Pine Point area has been a favorite for locals and visitors for over two hundred years and offers an unmatched setting with the tallest pine trees in the world and is home to the historic Pine Lodge or Hellman-Eherman Mansion. The beach is primarily sand, with the north portion accessed thru the Zberg Preserve and the south beach is accessed from the lawn near the mansion itself. The beaches can also be accessed by boat and a pier is available for briefly loading and unloading.
On the North Shore ~
Tahoe City Commons Beach Park – Right in the middle of town, this expansive park-like setting is a very convenient way to entertain the whole family, all day long. There is some sand and it has nice grassy areas where you can enjoy the views and the sun. Children always enjoy playing around the Truckee River inlet and during summer weekends, free live music and food vendors are available during the Concerts at Commons Beach.
Lake Forest Beach This pet friendly beach (on leash) is close to the boat launch with camp sites, picnic tables and bathrooms, too. Lake Forest Beach is located at the south end of Bristlecone Street and offers shaded picnicking and barbecuing with a lovely view of the lake, right next to the Public Beach.
Waterman’s Landing / Patton Beach A hot-spot for paddleboarders, this three-acre pebbly beach has a café on site as well. Home to Waterman’s Landing, Patton Landing is located on the east side of Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay. The property offers a free, nonmotorized “car top” boat launch site and stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals are available, so you can enjoy the lake without bringing your own watercraft.
Kings Beach – The largest stretch of beaches is here in the heart of Kings Beach where there is a good selection of boats and SUP’s to rent, and plenty of food & beverage options close by. 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.
On Donner Lake ~
West End Beach With 10 acres on which to play, the West End Beach offers an ideal setting for family a reunion or group event with picnic and BBQ areas, beach volleyball, tennis courts, and concessions as well. We like to rent the Pavilion for special events as the location has something for everyone to enjoy.
Beach Club Marina Exclusive to residents of Tahoe Donner, this is a lovely beach and marina with a wide selection of services to compliment long sunny days on the Lake. Beach Club Marina is a private, members-only beach, located on the east end of Donner Lake, offering a variety of activities for members and their guests to enjoy, including boating, swimming, windsurfing, standup paddleboard, lessons and rentals.
WHERE TO FLOAT YOUR BOAT?
Throughout the Lake Tahoe and Truckee region there are a variety of convenient locations to launch your favorite vessel, and you can see a complete list of boat ramps in right here.
Before you head to any lake or stream in Lake Tahoe, please do your part to protect Lake Tahoe and plan ahead for mandatory boat inspections. Invasive species have devastating environmental and economic impacts on industries, communities, and native species populations and with your help we can keep our lakes and streams clean.
For a complete list of check points and what you can do in advance, visit TahoeBoatInspections.com.
AND HERE’S ONE FINAL LOCAL’S TIP FOR THE SUMMER
On August 21st, take the whole family to the Tahoe Maritime Museum to experience the Lake Tahoe Music Festival’s professional rehearsal (for free) while you take in the history of time gone by. The Tahoe Maritime Center offers an interpretive presentation of the region’s maritime history and beautiful gardens as well.