What to do in Lake Tahoe State Park

Lake Tahoe State Park, situated on the undeveloped northeastern shore of Lake Tahoe, comprises more than 14,000 acres, including 12,000 acres of backcountry. The scenery and the variety of available activities make this park an outstanding place to visit.

Lake Tahoe State Park includes several developed recreation areas plus the Marette/Hobart backcountry. The developed areas include: Sand Harbor, Spooner Lake, Cave Rock, and the Highway 28 beaches. Each area has its own unique beauty, history and attraction.

Sand Harbor is the most popular area, with sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, a boat launch, picnicking and group use facilities. Sand Harbor's crystal clear waters and unique rock formations even attract frequent SCUBA divers. The visitor center at Sand Harbor is located at the park office near the entrance.

Along Highway 28, Memorial Point and Hidden Beach are areas which offer outstanding views of the lake and more secluded access to its shores. Photographers, fishermen and sunbathers frequent the popular vistas at Memorial beach. Hidden Beach is hidden from most motorists and is popular for sunbathers and boaters.

The meadows and surrounding aspen groves make a magnificent setting for Spooner Lake, located nine miles south of Sand Harbor on Highway 28. Spooner Lake is popular for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and catch-and-release fishing. A group use area is available as well as rental cabins . Spooner Lake also offers a trailhead with access to the back country. During the winter months, up to 100 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails are provided at Spooner Lake.

Cave Rock provides an outstanding view of Lake Tahoe is a popular spot for boat launching and fishing. It includes a boat launch ramp and dock, picnic sites, and a small sandy beach. Cave Rock is located 3 miles south of Glenbrook on Highway 50.

The back country between Lake Tahoe and Carson City provides miles of hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trails, plus two primitive campsites. No vehicles are permitted in the back country, which has been designated as a State Primitive Area. Two of the more popular trails in this area are the Flume Trail above Sand Harbor and the Tahoe Rim Trail along the crest of the Carson Range.

Recreational opportunities in the park include picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding, SCUBA diving, and viewing scenery. During the winter months, the park offers over 100 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails.

There are various approaches to the different areas of Lake Tahoe State Park, these include:

* Sand Harbor is located three miles south of Incline Village on State Route

* Memorial Point and Hidden Beach, are Situated between Incline Village and Sand Harbor.

* Spooner Lake, is at the intersection of State Route 28 and U.S. 50

* Cave Rock, is located along U.S. 50 near Zephyr Cove.

Temperature highs in the summer range from 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with lows between 40 and 50 degrees. Winters bring freezing temperatures at night with day time highs in the 30's to low 40's. Visitors to the site should dress according to the variations in temperatures.

P.O. 8867
Incline Village, NV 89452

Phone: 775-831-0494

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