Are the Beaches and Parks Open in Tahoe Right Now?
North Lake Tahoe can’t wait to welcome visitors back to the area—when the time is right. For now, due to COVID-19, statewide orders still have restrictions on recreational and vacation travel to help curb the virus, which means it’s still not the time to come for a getaway in Tahoe.
All prospective visitors to the area should remember to check county and regional sites for the latest information regarding openings and travel restrictions and know before you go. Be aware of fire and camping bans and restrictions as well.
Although the Tahoe area is slowly reopening businesses, things are certainly not back to normal. You won’t find crowded beaches and parks and although trails and public lands are open, physical distancing is recommended at all trailheads and parking areas and on trails, parks, and beaches.
Boating on Lake Tahoe is open, however boat inspection stations are currently closed, and boat ramps are only permitting boats to enter that lake that have “Tahoe Only” stickers, which is an intact aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection seal. This limited opening is meant to discourage widespread visitation to the region.
For an update on facilities and parks, the Tahoe City Public Utility District has a running list of what’s open and what’s not. All trail systems and some beaches and parks are open, although not all facilities are open. Golf courses, tennis courts, and pickle ball courts are mostly open. Campgrounds, picnic areas, playgrounds, and community centers remain closed. At Skylandia State Park and Beach, for example, the beach itself is open, but the BBQ area and picnic tables are not. Check the full list for updated details. Fourth of July festivities around the lake are canceled; the weekly farmers’ market in Tahoe City is currently happening on Thursdays at Common Beach throughout the summer.
On Tahoe’s West Shore, California State Parks like Sugar Pine State Park and D.L. Bliss State Park are currently going through a phased reopening, with limited offerings. The day-use beach and trail systems are open; the campgrounds are currently not. Check their sites for the latest information.
In Truckee, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District has a comprehensive list and check the town of Truckee for updates on what services are open, what’s closed, and what events are postponed until a later date. The Truckee Bike Park is open, the West End Beach on Donner Lake is currently closed, the community swimming pool and all playgrounds are closed for now. Truckee Thursdays and Concerts in the Park are canceled for the time being.
For more information and resources, Take Care Tahoe has up-to-date information and answers to many common questions from the Tahoe area.