Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Kings Beach

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KBSRA's 979 feet of lakefront is the largest public access sandy beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The wide stretch of white sand that makes up Kings Beach is a favorite of visitors and residents alike. Its south facing aspect and a lake floor that gradually deepens, makes this one of the warmest swimming areas on the Lake. The beach is adjacent to the Kings Beach Plaza (see description below).

A beautiful playground area overlooks the water and gives the kids a place to play after they have tired of playing in the Lake. One picnic area near the playground is available for rental by groups, but generally BBQ and picnic areas are available on a first come, first served basis.
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  • This is a very nice beach. Parking can be a challenge so go in the morning 10a or later after people have packed up to leave 5p. Even though it was only 83F the sand was on FIRE. Wear shoes of some so...  more »
  • This beach is great access if you are within walking distance but if you’re going to drive from somewhere I would recommend going to Sand Harbor instead. The staff here was very friendly it was just t...  more »
  • The beach is so popular that parking is challenging and the beach feels crowded. The park has been recently renovated and the grounds are nicely kept. Nice shallow entry into the lake. Rental boats ar...  more »
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  • Great place to be especially for toddlers and kids. All of Tahoe is lovely, but few spots have restrooms where you can quickly get to when your toddler needs it. Plus there's a nice playground. Parking is $10 but if you arrive early enough you can park easily in the neighborhood and walk. Unlike the east shore, this beach is man-made and there's sand that extends out pretty far. You can walk almost 100 yards out in waist high water. We live in Truckee and find this an easy trek to Tahoe.
  • Beautiful sand. Nice view. Near places to walk and eat. Advertised dog beach is completely separate, rocky, not a beach, terrible for our dog. The named off leash area was a nice little place to walk and let her sniff through Wild garden. Not truly enclosed, only on two sides, open to parking lot. Ended up sitting with dog behind beach while people took turns on the sand. Meanwhile someone else let their dog run rampant. There are picnic tables with shade, pavement areas, and a playground, as well as a pier. Bathrooms available and kept up.
  • It was perfect. We we're close to bathrooms and a playground. The water was amazing, the beach was amazing. I would recommend water shoes just because the sand gets super hot. But one of the best beaches. A must visit for sure.
  • Great beach. Very nice. But a lot of people. And the water is murkier then Meeks. And the people should try and clean up and not litter in the lake. But do not worry there is not much litter. Also nice shops very close. And beautiful scenery.
  • Beautiful beach, not crowded at all on a Thursday afternoon/early evening. Good eating nearby, recommend the Char Grill restaurant a block east of the beach. There's a boat landing here too if you have a vessel of your own
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