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Sand Harbor

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor, Hwy 28 or PO Box 6116 Incline Village, 89452


Sand Harbor, one of the  most popular and spectacular parks in the Tahoe basin, has many beaches to serve your particular needs. The Main Beach is 2,500 feet long and is popular for swimming and sunbathing and a wide variety of beach activities. There is also a small launch corridor for non-motorized watercraft at the south end (look for the buoys).

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to one hour after sunset. Sand Harbor will close when the parking lot is full, and vehicles will not be allowed to enter the park until it reopens, which is usually around 5 p.m. Please be advised that walk-ins and parking along Hwy 28 near Sand Harbor are prohibited.

Divers Cove, popular with SCUBA divers and recreational beach users alike, is a smaller, more protected area just below the Visitor Center and near the Group Area. The Boat Beach is the long stretch of sand on either side of the Sand Harbor Boat Launch Facility.

Sand Harbor
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor, Hwy 28 or PO Box 6116 Incline Village, 89452

Hours of Operation

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to one hour after sunset. Sand Harbor will close when the parking lot is full, and vehicles will not be allowed to enter the park until it reopens, which is usually around 5 p.m. Please be advised that walk-ins and parking along Hwy 28 near Sand Harbor are prohibited.

Sand Harbor boat ramp hours are as follows:

Due to low lake levels, Sand Harbor Boat Ramp is closed for the season as of July 18, 2021. 

The boat ramp parking lot is open for very limited kayak/paddle board, and oversized vehicle parking.

Hours are subject to change. For the safety and protection of visitors and park staff, the ramp will be closed on days when the National Weather Service issues a Lake Wind Advisory.

Beach Features

  • Accessibility
  • Dogs Allowed with Restrictions
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Food Concessions
  • Group Facilities
  • Paddleboard/Kayak Rentals
  • Parking/Day-use Fee
  • Picnic Tables
  • Public Bathrooms
  • Public Transit Nearby
  • Shade Available
  • Watertrail Trailhead

Beach Contact

Tel: 775 831-0494
Email: [email protected]


Helpful Information

- Sand Harbor hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to one hour after sunset. Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor will close when the parking lot is full, and vehicles will not be allowed to enter the park until it reopens, which is usually around 5 p.m.

-Park entrance fees are $10 for Nevada Registered Vehicles/$15 for Out of State Registered Vehicles. $1 off for disabled and veterans. Cash only from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

- Please be advised that walk-ins and parking along Hwy 28 near Sand Harbor State Park are prohibited.
- Pets are not allowed except for the off-season, October 15 through April 15. Pet owners should bring their own poop bags.
- No hard bottomed watercraft are allowed at Divers Cove.
- No barbecues are allowed on the beaches.
- No glass containers are allowed on the beaches.
- Personal music must be kept at a level that does not disturb other beach users.
- Please be aware of the dangers related to cold-water drownings, especially during windy and wavy conditions.
- Self-pay is necessary if the booth is closed. Please use the credit card friendly automatic self-pay machine.
- The Park has a Beach Patrol Program for your safety Memorial weekend through Labor Day.- Please be aware the as of June 16, 2012, the Park no longer allows Walk In or Drop Off traffic due to public safety concerns. We encourage visitors to use the new East Shore Express to enter the Park.  You may enter via the new East Shore Trail when it is open.
- Please also be aware that during the busiest summer months, usually July and August, the Park may fill and have to close between 8 and 9am. Get here early. If park is at capacity, please use the East Shore Trail.
- Please contact the Park at (775) 831-0494, or visit www.parks.nv.gov, with any additional questions.

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 www.tahoefund.org or call (800) 510-8246 for more information.

Updates

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to one hour after sunset. Sand Harbor will close when the parking lot is full, and vehicles will not be allowed to enter the park until it reopens, which is usually around 5 p.m. Please be advised that walk-ins and parking along Hwy 28 near Sand Harbor are prohibited.

Sand Harbor boat ramp hours are as follows:

Due to low lake levels, Sand Harbor Boat Ramp is closed for the season as of July 18,2021.

The boat ramp parking lot is open for very limited kayak/paddle board, and oversized vehicle parking.

Hours are subject to change. For the safety and protection of visitors and park staff, the ramp will be closed on days when the National Weather Service issues a Lake Wind Advisory.