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The Top 10 Places in Tahoe to Take Your Dog

Lake Tahoe is an outdoors lover's paradise and most outdoors lovers want to take their dogs along on their adventures. Lake Tahoe offers several trails, beaches, parks and even restaurants and bars where you can take the family pooch. Many of these locations require leashes, but well-behaved dogs are also allowed without leashes.

Photos by Tahoe XC, Scraps Dog Bakery, North Tahoe Parks, Pixabay

Kiva Beach

If you want to bring the pooch to Tahoe, check out the dog friendly Kiva Beach near Baldwin Beach. Here dogs can swim off-leash, but they need to be leashed on the beach. Another good thing about Kiva is that the parking is free. There are no bathrooms (only portable potties), but the beach is rarely visited by as many people as other beaches.

Hot Tip: The swimming areas at Kiva are some of the best and deepest at the lake.

Location and Contact:
Hwy 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 543-2600
WEBSITE

Zephyr Cove

Zephyr Cove is fun for the entire family and this is where you can catch the M.S. Dixie II paddlewheel boat. The North section of the beach area is also a dog-friendly area where well-behaved dogs can play in the water and on the beach. There are picnic tables, BBQs and shade for the family as well.

Hot Tip: Zephyr Cove also has some great tent camping spots and dog-friendly cabins.

Location and Contact:

760 U.S. Hwy 50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(775) 589-4906
WEBSITE

Skylandia State Park and Beach

Skylandia Park and Beach is located on the West Shore near Tahoe City. The beach is still fairly unknown in the summer and doesn't get as crowded as other beaches. A great time to come is during the fall and winter months where the dog can run free on the beaches and in the water. Pets are permitted only on dog-friendly beaches at Skylandia and they much be on a leash. There are doggy waste bags available at the park.

Hot Tip: The parking lot can fill up quickly in the summer, but wait until the evening for empty beaches and free parking.

Location and Contact:

Lake Forest Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-3796
WEBSITE

Echo Lakes

Echo Lakes near Highway 50 and South Lake Tahoe is a fun place for hikers and for the family dog. These two lakes nestled in a granite basin are just before Desolation Wilderness and have some easy hiking paths around them. The Echo Chalet has parking, a restaurant and a water taxi in the summer that takes people and their pets across Lower Echo Lake.

Hot Tip: Get to the parking lot early in the morning to find a good spot, or head up there in the evening for a sunset hike.

Location and Contact:

9900 Echo Lakes Rd, Echo Lake, CA 95721

(530) 543-2600

WEBSITE

Carson Pass/Mokelumne Wilderness

The Mokelumne Wilderness and the Carson Pass area are a few miles south of South Lake Tahoe and offer many trails, alpine lakes, vistas and fishing holes for families and their dogs. Many of the trails (like the Winnemucca Lake Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail) allows dogs with and without leashes.

Hot Tip: Check out the Hope Valley Resort for a dog-friendly place to eat and grab a beer.

Location and Contact:
Highway 88
From June- September: the station phone is 209-258-8606
Through out the year: Call Amador Ranger Station 209-295-5996
Station manager: 209-304-0892

WEBSITE

Patton Landing

Patton Beach is located in Carnelian Bay and is a small rocky beach with picnic tables, restrooms and a nature walk. This beach allows dogs and tends to stay fairly uncrowded in the summer. Dogs are allowed off-leash, but you owners must clean up after them and have the under voice command.

 

Hot Tip: There is a mini golf place and several restaurants in the area for the human family members.

 

Location and Contact:

 

5002 North Lake Blvd.
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
WEBSITE

Carnelian West Beach

The Carnelian West beach in Carnelian Bay has a free parking facility and boating buoy area by the Gar Woods restaurant. This wide, flat beach has year-round public restrooms and accepts leashed dogs. Barbecues and picnic tables allow you to picnic at the water's edge.

Hot Tip: There are some grassy spots on this beach that can be rented for special events. Dogs are not allowed on these areas.

Location and Contact:

5074 North Lake Boulevard

Carnelian Bay, CA

(530) 542-5580
WEBSITE

Obexer's General Store

Obexer's General Store near Homewood allows visitors to bring their dogs to their breakfast and lunch deli. The outdoor patio that overlooks the lake is dog friendly and both the kids and the pooches can jump into the water near the boat launch.

Hot Tip: Obexer's makes their own brand of BBQ sauces and dressings so you can take something home besides a wet dog.

Location and Contact:

5300 West Lake Blvd., Homewood, CA 96141
(530) 525-1300 or (530) 525-OBXR
WEBSITE

The Brewery at Lake Tahoe

If you like to have your dog with you as you enjoy a beer and pizza, she will be allowed to join you on the deck of the Brewery at Lake Tahoe. This bar and restaurant serves up their own drafts, pizza (including the Bad Ass Pizza), wings, burgers and other mouth-watering menu items.

Hot Tip: Happy Hour is from 3:00-5:00 pm every day...not that your dog cares.

Location and Contact:

3542 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA, US 96150
(530) 544-2739

WEBSITE

Tahoe XC

Dogs love the Tahoe snow just as much as you do and they are allowed to ski with you on the cross country trails at Tahoe XC. There area few special green loops where dogs are allowed to "ski" without leashes. The cost is an extra $4 a dog and poop bags are offered free of charge.

Hot Tip: Dogs are not allowed in the XC lodge, but afterwards take the down to Scraps Dog Bakery in Tahoe City for a snack.

Location and Contact:

925 Country Club Dr, Tahoe City, California 96145
530) 583-5475
WEBSITE

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Kiva Beach
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38° 56' 25.8" N, 120° 3' 3.6" W
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Zephyr Cove
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39° 0' 7.56" N, 119° 57' 21.6" W
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Skylandia State Park and Beach
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39° 10' 55.8948" N, 120° 6' 48.96" W
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Echo Lakes
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38° 50' 2.04" N, 120° 2' 30.12" W
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Carson Pass/Mokelumne Wilderness
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38° 41' 44.1492" N, 119° 59' 36.24" W
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Patton Beach
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39° 13' 34.7952" N, 120° 4' 46.6176" W
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Carnelian West Beach
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39° 13' 33.9132" N, 120° 4' 58.9332" W
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Obexers General Store
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39° 4' 55.7112" N, 120° 9' 29.6316" W
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The Brewery at Lake Tahoe
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38° 56' 47.652" N, 119° 57' 41.9616" W
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Tahoe XC
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39° 11' 48.9912" N, 120° 6' 22.158" W
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