Kiva Beach

Kiva Beach

Highway 89, adjacent to Tallac Historic Site
Past Camp Richardson
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
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Some years there's sand, some years there's not at this dog-friendly strip of lakefront at the mouth of Taylor Creek on Tahoe's southwest shore.

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, 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).

Help us keep this beach beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules
• Respect natural marine life and habitats
• Be aware of tides and currents
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

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Spend the Night
Share a Bite
Treat Your Pup
Get Festive

Go for a Dip
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Get a Lift
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Float Your Boat
For more fun on the water, join the animated crowds of summer vacationers who rent rafts in Tahoe City for a two- to three-hour, 5-mile float down the scenic Truckee River to River Ranch Resort. Truckee River Raft Co. counts dogs as regular passengers and will get you all fixed up.
 
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Photo credit: Janeen Heath
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Go For a Hike
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Spend the Night

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