Of all the iconic postcard views of Lake Tahoe, few are as pervasive or prevalent as those originating at Sand Harbor. Originally a Washo Indian fishing encampment, Sand Harbor has changed hands numerous times over the last two centuries. Starting in 1971, it was opened to the public as part of the Nevada State Parks system and has since become one of the treasures of the North Lake shoreline. Located a few miles south of Incline Village at 2005 Nevada Hwy 28, this piece of protected beach is about as beautiful as an alpine lake shoreline can get.
During the Summer months, Sand Harbor is often overrun by tourists looking to re-create the postcard vistas on their own cameras. To avoid this, come early in the day or during one of the shoulder seasons (spring/fall). Even though it is a very popular tourist destination, any local will openly admit that Sand Harbor offers almost unparalleled beauty. With a storied past and a protected future, this locale will be around for future generations to explore.
In addition to being highly photogenic, Sand Harbor also has some of the best swim spots anywhere in Tahoe--come prepared to take the plunge. With crystal clear water, the park is a good place to don a snorkel and facemask and do some underwater exploring. If submersion isn’t your thing, kayaks, paddleboards, and other watercraft are readily available in the immediate vicinity for rental, meaning you’ll have a plethora of options if you want to get out on the water.
On the shoreline itself, there is a built-in boardwalk that has interpretive information that contains historical/naturalist information for the curiously minded visitor. When taking this walk, be sure to bring a camera, preferably with a powerful lens, as you’ll want to be able to absorb every possible detail on this pristine stretch of shore…