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Clean up after your dogs.


Absolutely, but see the red text below.


Free, but limited parking

Kiva Beach 

Kiva Beach is one of the harder to find beaches, just because of the lack of signs. It's located just north of Camp Richardson. Turn right at the Forest Service Visitor Center turnoff and follow the road past the Visitor's Center (this is also the road for the stream profile chamber) to the beach parking lot. This is Lake Tahoe's main dog beach so if you don't like dogs you won't be happy here. There is a short walk to the beach, but the parking is free. You can also park at the Visitor's Center and enjoy a longer walk (not quite a hike) along the meadow to Kiva Beach (no dogs on this trail though). The beach itself is a huge flat sandy plain that lies at the mouth of Taylor Creek. The water, however, is a bit rocky until you get a little ways out. You can go out a long way, though. There are fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, especially Mount Tallac. Mid summer you will find large blooms of Blue Pod Lupine among other wildflowers.

Kiva Beach Pictures

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Directions - From South Lake Tahoe head North at the 'Y' onto Highway 89 about 3 miles to the entrance, turn right at the Fallen Leaf Lake Road.

Official Dog Rules - Added 3/26/13 - I just received a clarification from the Forest Service on their dog policy at Kiva Beach.
"El Dorado County ordinance 6.12.070 states that all dogs shall be on a leash of not more than 10 ft. There is no exception for ‘under voice command’. Although Kiva beach is a USFS beach, the county ordinances apply and may be enforced by USFS, El Dorado County Sheriff and Animal Control. In addition, Forest Order 19-83-99 prohibits all dogs (leashed or unleashed) in the Taylor Marsh area from March 15- October 1. Dogs are also completely prohibited west of Taylor creek, as this is the Baldwin Beach Developed Recreation Area.

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