Summer’s last splash: Gotta lake it!

Senior golden retriever standing in Fallen Leaf Lake with boats and mountains in background.
Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo by Jennifer Barnes.

When Northern Californians mention “The Lake,” you know they’re talking Tahoe. September is “tweener” season at Big Blue, a time when locals breathe deep, tourism drops off and visitors in the know snag mega-deals on lodging. It’s also a great time to swim and hike with your dog—not just at Lake Tahoe itself, but at nearby splash spots, as well. Where to dip toes and paws? Our Tahoe-area “A” List follows.

chocolate lab splashes in lake with green bumper in mouth
Photo Credit: @labrador_tillman

Take a dip on your next trip at dog-friendly Tahoe beaches including Nevada Beach (the dog-welcoming strip of sand at the boat-in picnic area at the strand’s far end is where you want to go); Zephyr Cove (dogs not allowed on the sandy part of this popular resort’s beach, but the two of you are welcome to explore the rocky area on the north end); Kiva Beach, the best-known shoreline area on the lake’s south shore (stay leashed or risk a citation); Regan Memorial City Beach (leash or unleash at your discretion); and Obexer’s General Store in Homewood, where you can grab lunch and chow down while throwing balls to your water-crazy dog.

Other DogTrekker favorites in the vicinity of Tahoe include Fallen Leaf Lake, second-largest body of water in the Tahoe Basin; and Echo Lakes, a pair of gorgeous blue pools tucked into a granite basin near Echo Summit on Highway 50.

Posted on: June 30, 2022

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