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Kings Beach State Recreation Area free

North Lake Boulevard | Kings Beach, CA 96143 | Official website
Kings Beach State Recreation Area Photo info
Courtesy of the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau
  • Type: Beaches, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Extending more than 3 miles along Lake Tahoe's northern shore, this beach is one of the largest in the area. The 28-acre park — which encompasses a fair amount of shoreline on the northern edge of Lake Tahoe — is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and boating; plus, there is also a picnic area and a playground. However, recent visitors warn against dueling temperatures in the summer. The sand can get extremely hot (bring along some sandals), while the lake remains quite chilly.

Kings Beach can also get crowded, enticing beach bums with the promise of warm weather, beautiful views and water sports galore. If you're visiting Lake Tahoe in July or August, keep an eye out for some of the park's lesser-known sandy spots.

Kings Beach State Recreation Area is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. You don't have to pay to play, but recent visitors do mention a small charge for parking. You might also leave your car in town (the park is near the towns of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista and Carnelian Bay) and walk to the beach. For more information, visit the Kings Beach State Recreation Area website.

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