Skunk Harbor

Skunk Harbor is a scenic beach area popular with boaters.   It is primarily National Forest land, and is adjacent to lands under the administration of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada-California.  The beach area is marked by a historic structure with stone cabins.  Parking area is located alongside Highway 28 (non-fee), with access down the gated dirt road.

Beach Features

Hours of Operation

Gate locked at the Hwy 28 access. Must walk down gated road from small parking area located 100 yards north of gate. Free beach (no fee).

Beach Contact

Tel: (530) 543-2600, ext. 0


Hwy 28, 2 miles north of Spooner Lake (no signage at Forest Service gate to access road that leads to beach); south of Bliss Pond

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Helpful Information

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.