25 Best Dog Friendly Beaches & Trails: North Lake Tahoe, CA

Discover the best stops for dog-friendly beaches around North Lake Tahoe this summer. Where are the best places to bring your dog in North Lake Tahoe? We'll unpack all you need to know before your summer vacation.

CALIFORNIA DOG FRIENDLY TRAVEL

Katie Abendroth

4/29/202414 min read

What are the best dog-friendly beaches and trails in North Lake Tahoe?

Whether you are a highly sensitive person (HSP) traveling with an emotional support animal, or a Tahoe tourist with a furry friend, this is my best round up of popular spots for Summer 2024.

Top 25 dog-friendly beaches and waterfront picnic spots near North Lake Tahoe this summer.

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  1. Carnelian West Beach

Offering over 500 feet of public, dog-friendly shores, this is a great place in Carnelian Bay. It shares a parking lot with Gar Woods Grill and Pier, so there is free parking and bus access.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome on Carnelian West Beach; poop bags available.

Parking

There is a parking lot shared with restaurant next door; free parking in all spots.

Address

5074 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, California 96140

Features

BBQ, picnic tables, lakefront promenade, Restrooms available, and nearby boat launch.

Phone: (530) 542-5580

Travel Tip:

You can rent or reserve grassy area along the beach making a great spot for photo shoots or special occasions.

  1. Hidden Beach

This area is perfect if your dog loves to run off-leash. There are over 700 feet of beach areas where dogs are welcome. This Nevada beach is truly a hidden gem with the feel of a secret cove. Nude sunbathing is allowed.

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Top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Off-leash dogs and swimming allowed. Pack your own poop bags to clean up.

Parking

Parking along Hwy 28.

Address

1713 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV

Features

Portable restrooms along road

Phone: 775-831-0494

Travel Tip:

Nude sunbathing allowed, so dog owners without kids would be best. This is off the beaten path, so bring your own food, drinks, blankets, and doggy bags.

There are steps leading down to the water, making access difficult.

  1. King's Beach State Park

Visitors describe the dog-friendly portion as a small area. The rocky terrain makes it tough for the humans to lounge.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Dogs are welcome on leash along the sidewalks and in the picnic table areas. They are also welcome on the east end of Kings Beach boat ramp.

Parking

(May 1 - September 30) - $10.00 per vehicle for the day, or $3.00 per hour. Off season rates (October 1 - April 30) $5 per vehicle for the day. Open year round: 6:00am-10:00pm.

Address

Bear St, Kings Beach, CA 96143

Features

Picnic Areas, Firepits, Playground

Phone: (530) 546-7248

Travel Tip:

Dogs only allowed on Dog Beach at the east of the Park beyond the boat ramp. Dogs not allowed on sandy beaches in Placer County.

  1. Patton Beach & Waterman's Landing

This is a 3-acre pebble beach, best known for paddle boarding. Dogs are allowed on the West side (right side) and areas are clearly marked.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Dogs welcome on leash along sidewalks and picnic table areas. They are welcome at east end of Kings Beach boat ramp.

Parking

Parking is extremely limited; parking lot only fits 23 vehicles. Open year round dawn to dusk.

Address

5166 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA, US, 96140

Features

Picnic Tables, Firepits, Boat Launch, Kayak Rentals, Restrooms

Phone: (530)-546-3590

Travel Tip:

A great feature is Waterman's Landing, a gourmet coffee shop on site. Dogs are welcome on the coffee shop deck.

  1. Coon Street Dog Beach

There is a dog beach section clearly marked where dogs are welcome on this rocky stretch of beach. In the dog-friendly area, dogs are allowed off leash and allowed to swim in the shallow water.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome. Unleashed dogs allowed in clearly marked areas.

Parking

Dedicated parking lot with $10 fee to park. Open year round, sunrise to sunset.

Address

8318 North Lake Blvd. Kings Beach, CA 96143

Features

Restrooms, charcoal grills, picnic tables, and playground. Restrooms are closed in winter.

Phone: (530) 546-4212

Travel Tip:

Coon Street Dog Beach has rocky terrain and is not considered handicap accessible.

  1. Ski Beach

Ski Beach is a spot for easy boat access with 500 feet of shoreline. It is next to Baldwin Beach.

Ski Beach is primarily accessible by boat and it is noted that dogs are only allowed by boat. Dogs can enjoy the shoreline off-season from October to April.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome.

Parking

Off season (when dogs are allowed) parking is free across the street. There is a daily parking fee during the summer season (April - October)

Season: Dogs only allowed off-season from October 15 to April 15; Beach open dawn until dusk.

Address

964 Lakeshore Incline Village, NV 89451

Features

Restrooms; no other facilities.

Phone: (530) 546-2600

Travel Tip:

Visit this spot off-season, Oct-April when dogs are allowed on the beach and there is no parking/entrance fee. This area is best accessed by boat.

  1. Skylandia State Park

Although dogs are not allowed on the beach, leashed pets are welcome in the 24-acre park. This park is a popular place to picnic and hike.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome. Visitors report some dogs off-leash, so be sure your dog is comfortable with other dogs.

Parking

Extremely limited parking fills up quickly.

Season: May 1-October 31; Open 8:00am-10:00pm. Beach open dawn until dusk.

Address

964 Lakeshore Incline Village, NV 89451

Features

3 picnic areas, BBQ, Pier, Boat launch, Fresh Water, and Hiking Trails

Phone: (530) 583-3796

Travel Tip:

Parking is limited to paved streets outside of park, so arrive early!

  1. Bonsai Beach/ Bonsai Rock

This small area is one of the most frequently photographed spots in Tahoe. It features small bonsai growth out of a boulder.

Located on the Eastern shore, it is dog-friendly but hard to access.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome. Access is difficult so make sure your dog can hike down rocky areas.

Parking

Park along paved road. A 1/2 mile hike down to area. Area is not well marked.

Address

Bonsai Rock, Carson City, NV 89704

Features

No public facilities.

Phone: None

Travel Tip:

No public facilities, so pack in pack out supplies. Terrain is rocky boulders and hard to access, but a beautiful view.

East Shore

  1. East Shore Beaches 3-mile trail

As the name implies, this is a 3-mile paved trail that allows access to 11 different beach spots. It is a popular spot for joggers, bikers, and dog owners.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome in all areas.

Parking

Paid parking. Mon-Thurs $4; Fri-Sun $1

Address

1924 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451

Features

$2 admission fee.

Phone: (775) 298-0035

Travel Tip:

Check pavement temps with your hand before heading out. There is no shade, so dog paws can be burned in hot weather.

  1. Chimney Beach

This spot, named after the preserved chimney of the old Thunderbird Lodge, is a hidden gem and a great options if your dog likes a nature trail, as it is a half-mile hike to access.

It is located south of Sand Harbor State Park and is on National Forest property. This is more rugged terrain, with sand, rocks and boulders.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome in all areas.

Parking

There are 2 parking lots, both free. Both require a short hike to access the beach areas. Gated; open Memorial Day (end of May) to October.

Address

Chimney Beach, Carson City, NV 89703

Features

Portable restrooms in parking lots, no other features available; no charcoal grilling allowed due to fire hazards, since this is off the beaten path.

Phone: (530) 543-2600

Travel Tip:

There may be nude sunbathers in areas, so this may not be as kid-friendly as other beaches (although your dog probably won't care)!

  1. Sand Harbor Beach

Although dogs are only allowed off season during the winter months, this is one of the most beautiful beach spaces in Tahoe. It is a great beach for picturesque views.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome in all areas. Dogs only allowed off season, Oct. 15-April 15

Parking

$10 per vehicle, parking lot inside the state park entrance. Bike parking $2 per bike.

Address

Sand harbor beach, Incline Village , NV 89452

Features

Barbecues, paddleboard/kayak, and jet ski rentals, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, volleyball courts, and boat launch area.

Phone: (775) 831-0494

Travel Tip:

Arrive early, entrance is closed off when parking lot fills up. Note that dogs are only allowed off season from October to April, when there may be snow.

  1. Secret Cove Beach

This is a nude beach that is popular among locals. It is a 300 ft. long beach.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome in all areas. Bring clean up supplies and poop bags.

Parking

2 free parking lots, but spots often fill up by 7:00am. Best parking available off season.

Season: Gated access from Secret Harbor Parking Lot; open Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October

Address

Lake Tahoe East Shore, Incline Village, NV 89451

Features

Restrooms 1/2 mile away; no other facilities.

Phone: (530) 546-7248

Travel Tip:

Nude beach appropriate for dog owners without kids. There is a steep path to get to the beach area. Entire area is dog friendly.

  1. Secret Harbor Beach

This is a popular spot for locals, but does require a challenging hike to access. Signs clearly mark this beach spot. This is another "clothing optional" nude beach spot.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome in all areas. Bring clean up supplies and poop bags.

Parking

Free parking area on the west side of Hwy 28. Gated access; open Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October.

Address

Secret Harbor Beach, NV-28, Carson City, NV, US, 89703

Features

Restrooms 1/2 mile away; no other facilities.

Phone: (530) 543-2600

Travel Tip:

Nude beach appropriate for dog owners without kids. Requires hiking to access. Entire area is dog friendly.

  1. Whale Beach

A popular and scenic 100 yard beach that can be reached from the Secret Harbor Parking area. It is another "clothing optional" beach, so better for dog owners without kids. It is also known as Black Sand Beach.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Dogs welcome and allowed off leash. Visitors report dogs happily jumping across boulders and rocks enjoying the beach.

Parking

Access from gated parking area of Secret Harbor. Open Memorial Day to October.

Address

Whale Beach, Highway 28, Incline Village, NV

Features

None.

Phone: (530) 543-2600

Travel Tip:

Like a few other secluded beaches, this requires a hike down a trail to access. This is a clothing optional beach, not suitable for children.

  1. 64 Acre Beach

This is a popular beach near Tahoe City, CA and has great scenery.

top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe
top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs can enjoy the beach on Lake side

Parking

Small designated parking area. Season- Open year round, but not plowed in winter

Address

130 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA, US, 96145

Features

Picnic tables, hiking trails, and portable toilets.

Phone: (530) 543-2600

Travel Tip:

Offers access to Truckee River and Lake Tahoe. Be sure to pack fresh water.

West Shore

  1. Chambers Landing

Next to a restaurant named Chambers Bar and Landing (which is Tahoe's oldest bar), is a small beach area of sand, rocks, and pebbles. This is a small beach but great option for dog owners.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome in all areas.

Parking

No parking lots; park along paved road. Open year round, sunrise to sunset.

Address

6300 Chambers Lodge Road, Homewood, CA 96141

Features

No charcoal fires allowed (portable gas grills only), restrooms, picnic tables, pier

Phone: (530) 543-2600

Travel Tip:

This beach has a public area run by National Park service, and a private area called Chamberland Beach and Mountain Club.

The public side is open to visitors. The calm waters and shallow water on this part of the lake are a popular spot for paddle boards and kayaks.

  1. Elizabeth Williams Hurricane Bay (AKA Pebble Beach or "Dog Beach")

This spot welcomes dogs and is just north of Kaspian Campground. As the name implies, this is an area covered with pebbles rather than sand. It is popular among anglers.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome in all areas. Some areas marked allow dog swimming.

Parking

No parking lots; park along paved road. Open year round, sunrise to sunset.

Address

Highway 89 Tahoe City, CA 96145

Features

Picnic tables and bike paths. NO restrooms as this is off the beaten path.

Phone: (530) 583-3796

Travel Tip

There is public transit access here if you don't want the hassle of parking. It is not handicap accessible and has rocky pebbles along shore.The public side is open to visitors. The calm waters and shallow water on this part of the lake are a popular spot for paddle boards and kayaks.

  1. Kaspian Picnic Area

This area includes a 1/2 mile stretch of waterfront with sand and rocks. Near bike trails and Kaspian campground.

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top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Leashed dogs welcome in all areas. Kaspian campground only allows 2 pets at a time.

Parking

No parking lots; park along paved road. Open year round, sunrise to sunset.

Address

W Lake Blvd, Tahoma, CA 96142

Features

Picnic tables, restrooms, 100 ft. pier

Phone: (530) 583-3796

Travel Tip

This area has a large number of bear sightings. Always throw away food completely.

  1. Lake Forest Beach (Bristlecone)

This is a free day park with beach access.

top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe
top dog friendly beaches north lake tahoe

Leash Rules

Dogs welcome to roam off leash on dog beach; poop bags stations available. Dogs are allowed on the West side (right side) and areas are clearly marked.

Parking

No parking lots; park along paved road. Open year round, sunrise to sunset.

Address

1 Bristlecone St., Tahoe City , California 96145

Features

Charcoal grills, portable restrooms, picnic tables, public transit access

Phone: (530) 583-5544

Travel Tip

This is a popular area for bird watching and annual blooms of lupine, beautiful purple wildflowers. Parking can be difficult and area can get crowded quickly according to visitor reviews.