It can be tricky to find a beach at Lake Tahoe where you can bring Fido, but with a little planning you’ll discover plenty of dog-friendly shoreline to dip your paws in the water and take in the view. Sturdy soles are a must, as most dog-friendly spots on the lakeshore are quite rocky. Life jackets are recommended for dogs who are new to swimming or aren’t strong swimmers.
Well known dog-friendly beaches at Tahoe include Kiva Beach on the South Shore, the north end of Zephyr Cove Beach on the East Shore and Coon Street Beach in Kings Beach on the North Shore. Less visited are the stretch of pebbly shoreline across from Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore and Fido-friendly Patton Landing in Carnelian Bay.
On the Nevada side of the lake, you can pull off almost anywhere south of Incline Village and find a trail leading to a hidden cove with crystal-clear water and smoothly sculptured rocks. Parking is tightly regulated to deter crowds, so arrive early in the morning to snag your spot in the sun.