Pope Beach

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Pope Beach is approximately 3/4 miles long and offers a sandy beach with excellent swimming and picnicking opportunities and incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. Kayak rentals and a food concession is available on site. The beach is popular with locals and visitors alike and plenty of parking allows visitors to choose their recreation experience from being very social or to having solitude. Pope Beach is also easily accessible by bicycle via the Pope/Baldwin bike path. No dogs are allowed.  Pope Beach is managed by a concessionaire under a US Forest Service special use permit.

Beach Features

Food Concessions
Paddleboard/Kayak Rentals
Parking/Day-use Fee
Picnic Tables
Public Bathrooms
Public Transit Nearby
Shade Available

Hours of Operation

Gated access; open Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October;

Beach Contact

Tel: (530) 543-2600, ext. 0


Pope Beach is located 3 miles west of the city of South Lake Tahoe on State Highway 89.

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Helpful Information

The beach is managed by a concessionaire under a US Forest Service special use permit. Attendants are on duty during operating hours to provide any assistance. Charcoal grilling is allowed only within the grills provided. No dogs allowed. Day use fee of $8/vehicle ($4.00 for Senior and Access Pass holders). 4th of July day use is $20/vehicle.

KEEP IT CLEAN: Lake Tahoe is recognized as an Outstanding Natural Resource Water. Please, join your fellow beachgoers in protecting this special place! Begin by being an example to others:

  • Dispose of trash properly or pack it out.
  • Never feed birds, squirrels or any other wildlife.
  • Campfires are NEVER allowed on Tahoe beaches.

VEGETATION: Protect Tahoe plants! Keep outside signed or fenced protected habitat.

SWIM and BOAT SMART: Very cold water, sudden storms and unexpected waves deserve respect. Be alert!

PET OWNERS: Dogs are prohibited, swimming beach only.

BOATERS: Aquatic invasive species are a very serious threat - completely clean, drain and dry your boat before launching it at Tahoe.

FISHING: Any person over 16 years old must have a valid California or Nevada sport fishing license. Visit one of the many Lake Tahoe fishing sites to learn more about fishing and the special regulations that are enforced at Tahoe.

THE COAST GUARD AT TAHOE: The station near Tahoe City operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call 9-1-1 in an emergency and give the name of this beach!

SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR LAKE TAHOE - BUY OR RENEW A LAKE TAHOE LICENSE PLATE: Over 96% of the funds from Lake Tahoe license plate purchase and renewal fees support lake access, hiking and biking trails, and other important projects in the Lake Tahoe basin. Lake Tahoe plates start at $50 in CA and $61 in NV in addition to your usual annual registration fees. Visit www.tahoefund.org or call (800) 510-8246 for more information.