Dog-friendly Kiva Beach offers a strip of lakefront beach at the mouth of Taylor Creek on Tahoe’s southwest shore. Some years there’s sand, some years there’s not. Your best bet is to follow the path from the parking lot and see what you see. Parking is free, but the lot fills up fast in summer.
Lake Tahoe doesn’t have many dog-friendly waterfront areas, so please do your part by cleaning up after your dog and making sure he does not disturb dog-less visitors.
Note: Leash laws are strictly enforced here, and regardless of what you’ll see other dog owners doing, the rules call for dogs to be leashed at all times. The Forest Service recently installed new signage to clarify where dogs are allowed (east of Tallac Point) and where they’re not (wetlands around the mouth of the creek).