Kiva Beach

Park at Visitor Center Parking Lot
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Featuring fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Tallac, Kiva Beach is a hidden jewel. It can be a little difficult to find due to a lack of signs once you park, but it is well worth the effort. Enjoy free parking and a Visitor’s Center with restrooms and picnic tables, and then take a pleasant walk down a forest trail to the beach. The trail features marked signs that teach a little about the vegetation and local history. The large beach sits at the mouth of Taylor Creek. Swimming is enjoyable, but expect it to be a little rocky in some spots until you get farther from the shore. Kiva Beach is one of the few South Lake Tahoe beaches that allows dogs in certain areas. It might be less crowded then other Lake Tahoe beaches which makes for a pleasant afternoon.

Kiva Beach, as well as several other nearby beaches, are accessible by a nice paved trail that winds through the national forest between the shoreline and Highway 89 (Emerald Bay Road). You can walk, run, or rent a bike to follow the tree-lined trail to your favorite beach and take a dip and enjoy a nice picnic.

Location: Kiva Beach is located approximately 3.5 miles north of the “Y” (the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 89) in South Lake Tahoe.

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