Lester Beach at D.L. Bliss State Park

Lester Beach at D.L. Bliss CA State Park

California State Parks today announced that D.L. Bliss State Park in the Lake Tahoe Basin will remain temporarily closed through summer 2024. Contract work to replace aging waterlines at the park is ongoing and expected to be completed next year. Work will resume after the snow melts in the spring and is anticipated to continue through summer 2024.

Closed areas in the park include:

  • Vehicle access to Lester Beach
  • Calawee Cove
  • Balancing Rock trailhead
  • Rubicon trailhead north
  • All campsites and day-use area
  • Visitor Center

Construction will disrupt the roads throughout the park and therefore, there is no vehicle access in the park during the project.

“Bliss Beach” is a beautiful, popular beach located within DL Bliss State Park. It is composed of two parts: the north portion is known as “Lester Beach” and the south portion is known as “Calloway Cove”. This area is the northern portal to the famous Rubicon Wall, one of the deepest portions of Lake Tahoe, and the popular Rubicon Hiking Trail. It is adjacent to DL Bliss Campground. Beach goers can expect a gentle beach; however, there is no designated swim area and boat traffic is common.

Park hours- Sunrise to Sunset

Beach Features:

  • Campsites Nearby
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Parking/Day-use Fee
  • Picnic Tables
  • Public Bathrooms
  • Shade Available
  • Showers
  • Watertrail Trailhead

Arrive early, since the beach parking fills daily, often by 11:00 am. Once filled, visitors are not allowed to drive into the park, and must walk approximately 2 miles from the highway to the beach. No pets are allowed on the beach, and no fires are allowed anywhere outside of designated campsites. The access road is narrow and the parking is restricted, so trailers are not advised. The beach is adjacent to private property beaches, so be respectful of neighbors and remain on park property.

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.

As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting D.L. Bliss State Park:

What is open now?
D.L. Bliss SP is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to active recreation with restrictions in place to encourage social distancing.

  • Day-use parking is now available to the public. Parking is $10.
  • All trail systems are available and active recreation will be permitted.
  • Outdoor restrooms will be available.

Lester Beach at D.L. Bliss State Park

Hwy 89 (2 miles north of Vikingsholm Parking Lot at Emerald Bay), Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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