Tahoe Vista Recreation Area Boat Launching Facility
Midway along Tahoe’s northeast shore and its inviting string of public beaches, Tahoe Vista Recreation Area (TVRA) and Boat Launch boasts recent renovations that make it a comfortable beach and boating destination. Located at the intersection of North Lake Boulevard (Highway 28) and National Avenue in Tahoe Vista, this “local’s favorite” with over 800 feet of golden sand beach offers all day pleasure in the sun. There’s a designated swimming area, a separate boat launching facility, seasonal restrooms, paved walkways, and a large plaza with interpretive signs that proffer fun facts about Lake Tahoe. The park is open from 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. during the peak season.
The picnic area, shaded by the tall pines, is edged with small sand dunes. There are also a couple of picnic tables right above the boat launch, and comfortable benches placed around the plaza and along the beach. The plaza and picnic facility is open first-come, first-served, but is also available for private rentals, such as weddings, parties and other social and public events.
The boat launch facility features a promenade over the pier that curves out over the launching area, offering safely enclosed views of the activity. Inside the launch cove is a second low pier alongside the boat ramp. The entire facility is safely separated from the designated swimming area by wide rock breakwater walls. Launch fees are in addition to parking fees and may vary. For a full breakdown of rates, see http://northtahoeparks.com/docs/Parking%20and%20Launch%20Rates.pdf . The launch is open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. during peak season only (Memorial Day –September 30).
A small, lakeside parking lot offers several pull-through spots for vehicles with trailers, and only a few single-car spaces. Across Hwy.28 (North Lake Blvd.), there is another larger parking lot, which is only open during the summer season: $5 for residents with a NTPUD sticker affixed to vehicles, and $10 for non-residents. The small lot is open year-round, providing day-access to the plaza, picnic, and beach areas (even when the boat launch is closed).
Equipment rentals are available seasonally right on the beach, from Tahoe Adventure Company, offering kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals. You can reach them to sign up for tours, and other fun water and mountain sport activities, at (866) 830-6125.
Don’t forget to enjoy TVRA’s paved walking and bike trail along National Avenue (across the street from the beach). A covered bus stop is also located right across the street, making it easy to walk or ride to get here!