Sand Harbor

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Sand Harbor, one of the  most popular and spectacular parks in the Tahoe basin, has many beaches to serve your particular needs. The Main Beach is 2,500 feet long and is popular for swimming and sunbathing and a wide variety of beach activities. There is also a small launch corridor for non-motorized watercraft at the south end (look for the buoys). Divers Cove, popular with SCUBA divers and recreational beach users alike, is a smaller, more protected area just below the Visitor Center and near the Group Area. The Boat Beach is the long stretch of sand on either side of the Sand Harbor Boat Launch Facility. The Boat Beach is the only beach where the Park allows hard bottomed watercraft.

Beach Features

Boat Access/Ramps
Boat Inspections
Fishing Nearby
Food Concessions
Group Facilities
Paddleboard/Kayak Rentals
Parking/Day-use Fee
Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) Rentals
Picnic Tables
Public Bathrooms
Public Transit Nearby
Shade Available
Volleyball Courts

Hours of Operation

May 1st - Memorial Day 8-7pm
Day after Memorial Day - Labor Day 8-9pm
Day after Labor Day - September 30th 8-7pm
October 1st - April 30th 8-5pm
Boat Ramp Hours: 6-8pm May through September. Winter hours may vary, please check park website.

Beach Contact

Tel: 775 831-0494
Email: [email protected]


Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor, Hwy 28 or PO Box 6116 Incline Village, 89452

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Helpful Information

- No pets are allowed at Sand Harbor.
- No hard bottomed watercraft are allowed at the Main Beach and Divers Cove, with the exception of a small launch corridor for non-motorized watercraft at the south end of the Main Beach.
- No barbecues are allowed on the beaches.
- No glass containers are allowed on the beaches.
- Personal music must be kept at a level that does not disturb other beach users.
- Please be aware of the dangers related to cold-water drownings, especially during windy and wavy conditions.
- The Park has a Beach Patrol Program for your safety Memorial weekend through Labor Day.
- Please be aware the as of June 16, 2012, the Park no longer allows Walk In or Drop Off traffic due to public safety concerns. We encourage visitors to use the new East Shore Express to enter the Park.
- Please also be aware that during the busiest summer months, usually July and August, the Park may fill and have to close between 10 and 11am. Get here early. Transit users will still be allowed in after this time.
- Please contact the Park at (775) 831-0494, or visit, with any additional questions.

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: Pets are permitted only on dog-friendly beaches. Use a bag to pick up after your pet, and use a leash. Protect your pet's privilege to share the beach!

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 or call (800) 510-8246 for more information.