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Sand Harbor

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

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About Sand Harbor

The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is a cobalt blue lake atop the Sierra Nevada mountain range. On its eastern shores, gently sloping beaches, crystal-clear water and interesting rock formations allow for wonderfully sublime swimming, kayaking and scuba diving at Sand Harbor. Boaters, water-skiers and fisherman can easily launch from one of the park’s two ramps. Visitors who would like a peaceful retreat from surf and sun can picnic in the shade of cedars and Jeffrey pines in one of many picnic sites equipped with barbecues and tables. The park also hosts the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival every summer.

Park Detail

FACILITIES & AMENITIES

Transportation: Sand Harbor's popularity can make it difficult to enter during peak periods. The parking lots are often full from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on summer weekends and weekdays during July and August. During this time, the Tahoe Transportation District provides the East Shore Express shuttle from Incline Village into the park.  

Group Area/Ramada: A group use area set next to the lake has about 100 seats, and can accomodate groups of up to 200. The covered facility, equipped with electricity, water and tables, includes a large barbecue. Use is by reservation only. Information, rules, regulations and the group area reservation agreement are available here. Reservations must be made in person or by phone at 775-831-0494. View Ramada photos.

Picnicking/Day Use: Located in the shade of the cedars and Jeffrey pines, the picnic area offers a peaceful retreat from the busy beaches. Each site is equipped with a barbecue and picnic table. Paved walkways make the area accessible to persons with disabilities.

Boating: The boat launch includes two wave protected double ramps with docks and adjacent parking. Parking fills to capacity early on summer weekends. Watercraft inspections are required as part of the new program that is helping to protect Lake Tahoe from the threat of aquatic invasive species such as Quagga and Zebra mussels. Normal boat launch hours: Summer, May 1 through September 30, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Winter, October 1 through April 30, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change and/or closure. For more information visit tahoeboatinspections.com.

Kayaking/Stand-up Paddleboarding: Kayaks, sailing kayaks and stand-up paddleboards can be rented during the summer from Sand Harbor Rentals. Guided tours are also available.

Hiking: The Sand Harbor to Memorial Point Trail is a short half-mile trail offers a link to Memorial Point and provides access to many secluded beaches and rock areas.

The Sand Point Nature Trail, a one-third-mile trail, is a handicap-accessible trail with interpretive signs and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe.

Swimming and Scuba Diving: Gently sloping beaches, crystal-clear water and interesting rock formations allow for wonderful swimming and scuba diving. Beach Patrol is on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Winter Activities: Sand Harbor is very beautiful and scenic during the winter-time. The parking lots are kept clear of snow, the Visitor Center is open year-round and visitors may enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride with Sand Harbor Sleigh Rides.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: During July and August, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor offers the Bard's best plays set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Lake Tahoe.

Visitor Center: The Sand Harbor Visitor Center and Gift Shop is available for self-guided tours with informative displays and regional information. The Sand Harbor Bar and Grill concession offers snacks and drinks on a relaxing, shady deck.

Programs: Information about program scheduling may be obtained from either park staff or kiosks. Upon request, special presentations can be arranged for groups.

Projects: Dubbed "America's Most Beautiful Bikeway" the East Shore Trail will not only be a spectacular recreation opportunity, but will also provide non-motorized access to public beaches, coves and trails along the picturesque shoreline. The final project is scheduled to be completed in 2018. View a simulation of the East Shore Trail.

Hours: 8 a.m. to one hour after sunset, 365 days a year.


FIELD NOTES

  • No bottles are allowed in waterfront areas.
  • Fires permitted in designated areas only.
  • Pets are only allowed off-season from mid-October to mid-April and must be kept on a leash of not more than six feed in length.
  • Stay on trails.
  • No camping is allowed at Highway 28 beaches.
  • Practice Leave No Trace.
  • Removing, disturbing or damaging any historic structure, artifact, rock, plant life, fossil or other feature is prohibited. State and federal laws protect this area and its resources.
  • Litter must be properly disposed.
  • Visitors are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations in effect. Detailed rules and regulations are posted at the park or may be obtained from any Park Ranger.
  • Those with developmental and/or physical limitations are invited to enjoy all of the recreational activities of Nevada State Parks. If you would like to request additional support or accommodations, please call Nevada State Parks at (775) 684-2770. We continually seek ways to provide recreational opportunities for people of all abilities and welcome any suggestions you may have.
  • View a list of frequently asked questions.

NATURAL RESOURCES/CLIMATE

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is abundant and diverse in natural resources,  from high alpine mountain peaks (Snow Valley Peak, Marlette Peak) to lush meadows (Spooner Meadow), majestic forest stands to ribbons of aspen groves, sub alpine and alpine lakes, to the prominent granitic rock outcrops and sandy beaches of Lake Tahoe’s spectacular shoreline. This varied environment supports the dynamic processes that shape the habitat for a rich spectrum of vegetation, wildlife, and fisheries within the park. (READ MORE)


HISTORY OF SAND HARBOR – Established in 1958

The resources of Tahoe's east shore were prized by Native Americans long before European Americans made their discovery of the lake in 1846. The Washoe Tribe spent countless summers at Sand Harbor fishing, hunting and gathering.

By the 1870s, lumber baron Walter Scott Hobart had established operations for the Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company at Sand Harbor. Trees logged around the lake were towed into the harbor behind the Steamship Niagara and then sent by rail to the company sawmill in Incline. From there, milled lumber and cordwood was taken to the Comstock Mining District by the ingenious Great Incline Tramway of 1880, and an intricate system of V-flumes. (READ MORE)

Park Fees

Nevada residents get a $2.00 park entrance discount

Day use entrance fee:  $12.00 per vehicle (April 15 – October 15) or $7.00   per vehicle (October 16 – April 14)

Boat launch:  $20.00 per vehicle (April 15 – October 15) or $14.00 per vehicle (October 16 – April 14)

Bike in:  $2.00 per bike

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