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Carnelian West

5074 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA

Located on the west side of the Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay, Carnelian West offers 530 linear feet of public beach. Park for free at the site's shared parking lot adjacent to Gar Woods Grill and Pier restaurant. Parking is available throughout the lot—there are no designated beach or restaurant spaces—or arrive by bike or bus. The site includes a lakefront promenade, benches, picnic tables, barbecues (bring your own charcoal), and restrooms.  Gar Woods welcomes visitors to its pier, and provides boaters with access to day use mooring buoys.

The grassy area on the site can be rented/reserved though Gar Woods (530-546-3366) for special events that are tied to the restaurant.  The beach area is maintained by Gar Woods on behalf of the California Tahoe Conservancy and is open to the public.

Carnelian West
5074 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA

Hours of Operation

Shared used parking with Gar Woods Restaurant.

Beach facilities are maintained by Gar Woods Restaurant for the California Tahoe Conservancy.

Your leashed dog is welcome. Please pick up after your pet.

Beach Features

  • Accessibility
  • Barbeques
  • Dogs Allowed with Restrictions
  • Group Facilities
  • Picnic Tables
  • Public Bathrooms
  • Public Transit Nearby

Beach Contact

Tel: 530-542-5580
Email or Website: [email protected]

Helpful Information

Leashed dogs are welcome at Carnelian West; please pick up after your pet! Mutt mitts are provided.

Contact the California Tahoe Conservancy with any comments or concerns about this beach: 530-542-5580

If you plan to use this beach to launch your kayak, please visit tahoekeepers.org and be sure that you follow proper precautions in order to protect Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is a pristine alpine lake where clean boating and protection from Aquatic Invasive Species is the highest priority. Clean, Drain and Dry your watercraft after every use to ensure you are not transporting any nasty nuisances. After all, We're All in This Boat Together!

Any person over 16 years old must have a valid California or Nevada sport fishing license to be able to fish in Lake Tahoe. The best fishing on the Lake is from a boat. For those who enjoy shore fishing, your best bet are places where the shoreline drops off quickly such as Rubicon Point on the west shore and Cave Rock on the east shore. Fishing is closed in Lake Tahoe within 300 feet of its tributaries, and upstream to the first lake from October 1 through June 30. The rest of the year the entire lake is open to fishing.

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.

BE FIRE SAFE: Check local fire conditions and restrictions before using BBQs: ntfire.net

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 tahoeplates.org call (800) 510-8246 for more information.