King's Beach State Recreation Area
Known as the "flagship" beach of Tahoe’s north shore, Kings Beach State Recreation Area (KBSRA) is the place to go for sunrise, sunset, and everything in between. The south-facing expanse of white sand beach is the main attraction of this year-round destination. In the summer, it’s perfect for families with small children, sunbathers, and leisurely beachcombers who like to feel the soft sand between their toes. But even in the winter months KBSRA's 1700 feet of lakefront make it perfect for long walks and lake-gazing. The largest public access, sandy beach on the north shore, KBSRA is also one of the warmest spots to swim, due to its gradually deepening lake floor. (Might I mention, having learned to swim there myself many years ago, that this shallow feature aids in fun swim lessons, swimming to mommy or daddy at shore!)
In addition to the beach, a well-equipped playground offers busy children a variety of activities for when they want a break from the water. The playground is safely situated just above the beach, and adjacent to the picnic areas (but far back from the road), making it easy for mom and pop to keep a good eye on everyone. One of the picnic areas is available for group rentals, but in general, it’s first come, first served for the BBQ grills and picnic tables. A couple of tables are placed at the top of the beach, but most are under the tall pines on the grassy area above the beach.
A beautiful cobblestone promenade parallels shore for the length of the beachfront, offering a nice, relaxed stroll; wooden benches all along the promenade invite a sit-down, to enjoy the spectacular view. A few trees at the top of the beach offer the only shade, but again, benches are provided! At its eastern end, next to the Kings Beach Boat Launch and Coon Street Dog Beach, KBSRA also features a basketball half-court. A large restroom is located on site, central to the playground and picnic areas. Ample trash and recycling containers are also provided.
Kings Beach State Recreation Area boasts a number of smaller beaches along the
Parking facilities adjacent to the beach charge $5 for non-residents, and residents must display their NTPUD sticker affixed to their vehicles to avoid fines. (Parking fees and the revenue from the summer concessionaire are the only sources of revenue to maintain the beach.) There is no lifeguard on duty at KBSTRA, and no diving is allowed, as well as no glass or alcohol; no pets allowed on the beach, either. For the adventurous, North Tahoe Watersports, located right across from the beach, can set you up with equipment rentals, lessons, and private tours for all your water toys, whether it’s parasailing, jet skis, paddleboards, or kayaks you have in mind.
One of the best things about Kings Beach State Recreation Area is the long string of beaches running throughout Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, and Carnelian Bay. Besides the main beach at KBSRA, residents and visitors can enjoy Kings Beach Plaza, North Tahoe Beach, Secline Beach, Moon Dunes Beach, Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and Boat Launch, Sandy Beach, and of course Carnelian West and Patton Beaches. Enjoy the beach!