Please refer to the appropriate state water quality agency website (California, Nevada) before heading out to your favorite beach, lake, or river to check for algae watches, warnings, or dangers.


Secret Harbor Beach

Secret Harbor Beach is an extremely popular destination for both hikers and boaters.  Its parking area is on the west side of Hwy 28.  It's free, and provides a spectacular view of the lake.   Hiking trails towards Secret Harbor-Cove are well signed.  An additional public vault toilet unit is located above Secret Cove.    No picnic or BBQ facilities.  The beach is on National Forest land.  Pack out all trash from the beaches.

Secret Harbor Beach

Hours of Operation

Gated access; open Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October (weather pending)

Beach Features

  • Dogs Allowed with Restrictions
  • Public Bathrooms
  • Shade Available

Beach Contact

Tel: (530) 543-2600, ext. 0

Helpful Information

The hike to Secret Harbor beaches can be a challenging one for beach visitors, so be prepared!  There are no picnic tables or other facilities at the beaches.  No campfires on beach; keep dogs under control; pick up dog waste. Dog waste bags not provided.


GRILLS: The Forest Service recommends the use of portable gas grills instead of charcoal.  This reduces the risk of fires from hot coals and helps keep the beaches clean from ashes.  Campfire permits needed outside of a developed recreation site for grills; burn/fire restrictions apply.

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