Tahoe California State Recreation Area

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Tahoe State Recreation Area

Tahoe State Recreation Area, on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, makes an ideal place for the whole family to enjoy everything from swimming and boating to camping and fishing. Read More

  • Tahoe State Recreation Area has many outdoor activities for the whole family
  • Located on the northwestern shore of Lake Tahoe, with lake access
  • Open from 24 May to 30 September
  • Fish for trout and salmon on the lake
  • Take a boat out on the pristine waters
  • Have a lakeside picnic


Stay right on Lake Tahoe at the 55-acre Tahoe State Recreation Area for some great summer activities. The beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains are the perfect backdrop for a Tahoe vacation at this recreational park, there is easy lake access and the surrounding forests offer many adventures for young and old.

Location & Information

The Tahoe State Recreation Area is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Tahoe, on Highway 28, .25 miles east of Tahoe City.

The park is open from 24 May to 30 September, from 8 am to 9 pm daily.

Contact information

530-583-3074 (summer)
530-525-3345 (winter)
Camping reservations: 800-444-7275.
Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=504


  • Fishing
    While at Tahoe State Recreation Area, you can cast into Lake Tahoe to catch trout and salmon. The lake is open to fishing year-round, one hour before sunrise to two hours after sunset. Best fished from a boat, you can always find some convenient fishing charters nearby. You can also find restaurants that will prepare your catch for you at a nominal charge.
  • Boating
    With 193 square miles of lake, boating is a popular pastime at Lake Tahoe. Bring your own boat or rent anything from a kayak up to a large cabin cruiser.
  • Picnicking
    Picnic areas are available in the Tahoe State Recreation Area, and you’ll find restrooms and firepits.
  • Camping
    With the lovely pine-scented air to breathe, this is a perfect place to set up camp. Many of the campsites are lakeside or with lake views. Bear food lockers are available at each site, and you must make use of them.

Fun Facts

When you are visiting Lake Tahoe, realize this is the second deepest lake in the US and the 16th deepest lake in the world. Two-thirds of the shore is in California and the rest in Nevada.