Walk-In Visitation No Longer Allowed At Sand Harbor for Safety Reasons

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Walk-In visitation will be permanently suspended on June 16, 2012 at Sand Harbor of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Visitors can no longer park outside of Sand Harbor and walk into the park due to public safety concerns on Highway 28.

Visitors will be able to ride in the East Shore Express shuttle from Incline Village throughout the day. The transit system will begin operation on June 15 daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pickup location is at the old elementary school on the corner of Tahoe and Southwood Boulevards. The cost is $3.00 per person and it runs every 20 minutes to Sand Harbor. In addition, bicycle traffic will only be allowed into the park when the parking lots are not full. When planning a visit to Sand Harbor, arrive early. During the months of June through August, the parking lots are typically full by 10:30 a.m.

“Our goal is to get people safely into the park” says Park Supervisor, Jay Howard. “We are very concerned about families using the narrow shoulders of the highway to enter the park. With over 10,000 visitors per year walking into Sand Harbor, often from over a mile away, visitor safety is a critical issue.”

Drop-offs and parking are illegal along the highway at Sand Harbor. The no parking zone covers approximately three-quarters of a mile in both directions from the park’s main entrance. A multi-agency effort to increase enforcement of this no parking zone will be in place to prevent pedestrian injuries.

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is a unique and beautiful resource. Developed areas within the park are Sand Harbor, Spooner, Cave Rock, and Van Sickle. The clear water, long sandy beaches and stunning rock outcrops await you at Lake Tahoe. Be sure to visit one of the many concessions at the park to serve you as well. Plan ahead by calling the park at 775-831-0494. For further information on the shuttle system, contact the Tahoe Transportation District at 775-589-5500 or http://www.tahoetransportation.org/.