Coon Street Dog Beach & Boat Launch
The Coon Street Dog Beach and Boat Launch is located just to the east of Kings Beach State Recreation Area (at the base of Coon Street, in Kings Beach). A small (pay) parking lot services these facilities: during peak season (June 1-September 30), the cost is $5 for North Tahoe residents with a NTPUD sticker affixed to their vehicles, and $10 for non-residents; off-season, parking is free for residents (with a sticker!), and $5 for non-residents. Take note: boat launching fees are separate from parking fees!
Normally open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. during peak season, THE BOAT LAUNCH WILL NOT OPEN THIS YEAR , due to low lake levels.
Sad as that is (and PLEASE, conserve water whenever possible!), I noticed recently that the gently sloping ramp makes a great highway for 3-year-olds on their tricycles and Big Wheels! Ride at your own risk, of course. Parents can sip their coffee while the kids ride, and Rover can get his morning walk, too: the dog beach is still open, year-round! Though not a very aesthetic "beach," the dogs seem to figure it out. A small, rocky portion of shoreline makes up the off-leash area. This beach is not pebbly, but rather populated with large rocks and boulders which can be hard to navigate, and which are very slippery when wet: so tread carefully. I tend to perch on one of those boulders, enjoying the view and sipping my coffee, while Dog romps and sniffs at will.
This is the only public dog beach in Tahoe Vista or Kings Beach, so enjoy this stop on your drive around the lake. In addition to the dog area, there's a grassy, shaded area under the tall pines, with a couple of picnic tables provided, some perched just over the shore. The restrooms onsite are only open seasonally. To the west of the boat ramp is a half basketball court, and the long sandy waterfront stretch of Kings Beach State Recreation Area (no dogs allowed on this portion of the beach).