Pope Beach, South Lake Tahoe

4.5
#1 of 7 in Beaches in Lake Tahoe (California)
Relax in a peaceful, secluded area of Lake Tahoe at Pope Beach. Sheltered by pine trees and mountains, this shore generally remains uncrowded, with facilities including picnic tables, barbecue grills, and restrooms. Stretch out on the clean sand or take a dip in the shallow water, which is also perfect for children. If you bring food, remember to keep it covered in case seagulls swoop in. If driving, bring cash for the parking fee. Put Pope Beach at the forefront of your travel plans using our South Lake Tahoe road trip tool .
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  • Whether you want an active day in the water or a relaxing day cooking and laying on the beach, add Pope Beach to your itinerary. There is plenty of parking and it’s only 10min outside of town.  more »
  • We visited Pope Beach to take a kayak out for an hour or so. There were lots of families enjoying the beach which is quite long and not at all crowded. There was a small pond with lots of lily pads an...  more »
  • Easy access, bathrooms on-site, kid-friendly with plenty of shady area, and nice and clean. What more could one ask for?  more »
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  • Great sand, crystal clear water and plenty of space on beach for all. Parking is limited and there's a $10 per vehicle access fee which, for anywhere else in the state, is dirt cheap parking. If you leave the park and want to come back later the same day, be aware that you may not get to park again if the lot fills up while you were away. Overall, a great place to have some beach fun with rental concessions available to supplement your waterborne gear requirements.
  • The beach is beautiful and the water is amazingly clear here. They have plenty of parking and many picnic tables by the water for you to enjoy a meal out, just watch out for the seagulls or the ducks because once you feed one they will not leave you alone😂 But the biggest downside is that there are no animals of any sorts allowed on the beach(BTW there is a 10 dollar fee to get in to the park).
  • Great spot for an afternoon at the beach. Lots of beach and tables. Tables may go quick as this place starts to get packed around noon. They do not have BBQ pits any longer and no charcaol BBQs are allowed. You can only bring a propane stove. It is $10 to park but the lot can get full and it's a decent walk from the street to the beach. They also have life jackets and paddle boards to rent as well as 1 and 2 person canoes. We didn't rent any of these so I don't know how much. They also have numerous bathrooms along the beach that are regularly cleaned. We saw a beach worker cleaning the bathrooms around 1 pm, and she was there for almost an hour making sure they were clean.
  • This is a huge beach with bathrooms, food trucks, and plenty of shade or sunshine, whichever you want. The sand is soft and the shore is great here. It is a long walk from the road if you cant find a parking spot and it does get busy, pack light.
  • This beach is incredible, crystal clear green water perfect to enjoy the lake during the hot season. On my visit the water was a little bit cold but with a thin diving suit you are all set. Warm sand and barbecues. What else you can possibly ask. Check the date it might be very crowded and if you want to park next to the beach you have to pay a minimum of 10$, 20$ during the peak days. free entrance for bikers and walkers...keep this in mind since it's only an average of 3 miles far from the town. You can rent equipment to enjoy the lake like canoes and kayaks ecc... Go there and have fun.
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