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Chillin at Lake Tahoe's Kiva Beach

South Lake Tahoe, California

4.7/5
based on 6 reviews

Description

Added by Jake Young

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.

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Features

Stand Up Paddle
Chillin
Photography
Kayaking
Swimming
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Scenic views, dogs all around to watch! I loved this beach. Mountains reflecting on the water. Hard to beat!

Amazing and beautiful beach with lots of pups hanging out! Great place to relax and soak up some sun.

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!

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

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!!

Kiva is where it's at. Even on super busy days, the beach is so big there is plenty of room to chill. It's also dog friendly, there are fun trails to explore, and the backdrop of the mountains is pretty epic.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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