D.L. Bliss State Park, Lester Beach

Lake Tahoe South West Shoreline
CA 96142

(530) 525-7277 Park Office

Lester Beach and Calawee Cove Beach are located at D.L. Bliss State Park have to be some of Lake Tahoe’s most awe inspiring beaches with expansive views of Lake Tahoe. The park location is on the West side of Lake Tahoe, just above Emerald Bay. D.L. Bliss State Park covers 1,830 acres and includes some six miles of magnificent Lake Tahoe shoreline with a popular trail that is worth every step. Although Lester Beach and Calawee Beach are not as expansive as some, they offer more private coves with excellent views. The beach areas are integrated with the camping sites, so visitors claim their piece of the beach early. Beach access can require a little stair navigation in spots, but worth the short treck. Arrive early because the beach parking lot can fill up fast and in case the beach is full check out these other Lake Tahoe beaches that are nearby.

D.L. Bliss State Park Campground
At D.L. Bliss State Park camping is the main draw, with family campsites featuring a table, cupboard and stove, nearby restrooms, and hot showers. There are no hook-ups, but some sites will accommodate 15-foot trailers or 18-foot motorhomes. The group site fits up to 50 people and up to 10 cars. For a little adventure, try one of the 20 primitive campsites that are only accessible by boat. D.L. Bliss State Park campground is on Tahoe’s west shore so you might consider it to be a South Lake Tahoe campground or North Lake Tahoe campground – the distance there is split.

Boaters can use boat launching facilities about 6 miles of the north or south of the park. Another favorite activity is fishing for Rainbow, Brown and Mackinaw trout, and Kokanee salmon. Lake Tahoe hiking is another draw with many trails to explore, including the Rubicon Point promontory which allows you to see over 100 feet into Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear depths. Dogs are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on the trails or beaches. D.L. Bliss State Park is located 14 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, CA and  17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.

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