Chillin at Lake Tahoe's Kiva Beach

Kiva Beach

Beautiful Sandy Lake Tahoe Beach. Often Less Crowded than other Tahoe Beaches. Best Dog Beach in Tahoe. Great Views of Mt. Tallac and Jake's Peak. Awesome Paddle Boarding Area.

Kiva is a secluded sandy crescent beach flanked by a beautiful meadow and mountain backdrop. This beach is rarely crowded and has free parking unlike other beaches in Tahoe. Kiva is a great place to bring dogs and is actually well known as a dog beach. Kiva is also accessible from the bike trail that parallels Emerald Bay Rd. There are beaches both to the west and east of Tallac Point, but the most swimmer friendly one is on the western side.

There is also a beach volley ball court set up on the western portion of the beach.

If you are looking for a snack, Camp Richardson is just down the road and has incredible hand-scooped ice cream.

Pack List

  • Bathing Suit and Towel
  • Adult Beverages and a Picnic
  • Dog
  • Water
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Great spot to take your dogs!

We went to the right of the parking to avoid the more crowded dog beach area and it was perfect. The trail is right on the shore in most places and where there is separation you can take a few stairs down to the water. There is plenty of space should your dog need it with passing dogs and those off leash with limited recall (yes, there were a few, but mostly well behaved dogs and owners). A gorgeous little slice of heaven at the lake!

Great Spot

This is a great spot just to relax and enjoy the lake.

Fun Little (Free!) Beach

So fun to watch all the pups splashing around at this dog-friendly beach! Easy spot to relax on the sand or get in the water! I went with a couple inner tubes and some beers and relaxed, watching the sunset behind the mountains! Killer views & the free parking is a plus!!


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