D. L. Bliss State Park

Due to the current state wildfire crisis, the closure of neighboring USFS lands, COVID-19 and its impacts on Parks personnel to support basic operations, the Sierra District will not be allowing walk-ins at any campgrounds for the remainder of the season. All existing camping reservations made prior to today (September 10) will be honored through October 3, but no new reservations are being accepted at this time. Day use areas and trails remain open. The previous district-wide ban on campfires and charcoal bbqs remains in place. The District will continue to monitor conditions and may impose further restrictions and closures as necessary.
EFFECTIVE (Sept. 18, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. Campgrounds at the park will close for the season beginning October 4, 2020.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting D. L. Bliss State Park:

What is open now?
  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset with restrictions in place to encourage social distancing.
  • Day-use parking is now available to the public. Parking is $10.
  • All trail systems are available and active recreation will be permitted.
  • Outdoor restrooms will be available.
  • Campgrounds will close for the season beginning Oct. 4, 2020. Walk-In campsites are not available. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Group campsites are not currently available.   
  • Visitor Center during business hours for fee collection, information, restrooms, and gift shop. Limited visitor access to exhibits inside building. Masks are required in public buildings.

What is currently closed?
  • Campgrounds will close for the season beginning Oct. 4, 2020.
  • Visitor center and tours.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

No phone number listed.

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 15 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 18 Feet

Park Hours

Day Use Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed in developed areas only, which include campsites, paved roads and paths, dirt fire roads, and paved parking areas. Dogs also allowed in developed picnic areas and day-use areas. Dogs not allowed on beaches or dirt trails.

Driving Directions to D. L. Bliss SP

The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Museums
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available

NO CAMPFIRES OR CHARCOAL GRILLS

Camping - Please continue to check Ca State Park websites for updates and call ReserveCalifornia 800-444-7275 with questions regarding reservations. All camping must have a reservation.We are honoring all existing reservations - No walk-ins or new reservations for the 2020 Season. 9/18/2020 
Due to several nearby wildfires using all fire resources, poor air quality and extreme fire danger, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited until further notice in all Sierra District Parks. 
Fireworks are illegal and prohibited in all counties surrounding the beautifully forested Lake Tahoe area.  Please help keep our lake and beaches clean and our forests protected.
Our parks are highly impacted at this time - please lend a hand and help make your parks cleaner than you found them. Thank you.
Smoke at DL Bliss








Day Use

SUMMER: $10 fee per vehicle is due for entering the park.

The day use parking areas at the beaches and at the Rubicon trailhead are extremely popular during the summer months and are often FULL by mid morning. We recommend arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon for best chances of finding a parking space. When the parking lots are full,  day use vehicles will not be allowed into the park - No drop-offs/pick-ups, though pedestrians may walk the two mountainous miles to the beach.  Day use hours are sunrise to sunset.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach or trails. Amplified music is only allowed with a permit. Thank you for your understanding.

OFF-SEASON:

During the off-season D.L. Bliss State Park closes to vehicular traffic for the season. When the park gate is closed, pedestrians may park at the Visitor Center (closed) parking lot near highway 89 and access the park from sunrise-sunset.  It is an approximately 1 mile hike from the Vistor's Center to the closest Rubicon Trailhead, and a steep 2 mile hike to the beaches.  All park regulations apply during the off-season. No restrooms or water available. Closest food and beverage are in South Lake Tahoe - 10 miles south. Closest restrooms are at Sugar Pine Day Use Area - 7 miles north.

Dogs at D.L. Bliss

Dogs
Dogs are NOT allowed on the beaches, trails, or off-trail (including the bouldering areas).  Dogs on a 6' leash are allowed in the campgound and picnic areas, as well as on paved roads. Dogs may not be left unattended.   Dog regulations are strictly enforced YEAR-ROUND. Please do not leave your dog in a vehicle and plan accordingly. Here are some boarding options if you are away from home.

Campground

The campsite fee ($45 for Beach Camp and $35 for all others) includes one vehicle.  The max trailer length is 15'.  The max motorhome length is 18'. This is a historic campground with small roads, small campsites and small parking pads. This campground does not have hook-ups, however, there are showers and a dump station available for registered campers.

This 2020 summer, D.L. Bliss campground offers family campsites and no group campsites. Lake Tahoe is a popular destination and reservations are required this year. Last night for reservations for DL Bliss Campground will be Oct. 3, 2020. For information on 2020 summer reservations, go to reservecalifornia.com or call 800-444-PARK - Reservations may be made 6 months in advance of your arrival date.

Check In     - 2 pm                                                                   Check Out   - Noon
Generator Hours   10am - 8pm                                            Quiet Hours           10pm - 6am       
2 Vehicles allowed per campsite                                          Children must have helmets for bicycles/scooters/skateboards
8 people allowed per campsite                                            Dogs must be leashed and never unattended
Vehicles must be parked on pavement                               Amplified music is only allowed with a permit
Food must be stored DAY and NIGHT                                  All CA vehicle regulations apply - no passengers in truckbed

Food Storage Locker Information - Important and required.

All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers except when food is being prepared or eaten. Black bears are currently very active at D.L. Bliss!  Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite.  Ice chests may NOT be stored in vehicles and shall be stored in food storage lockers. The inside dimensions of the food lockers 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high.  Violations will be cited. Food, beverages, ice chests, and trash must be stored in food lockers during NIGHT and DAY hours.

Attention: Bear-Proof Cooler Owners  Bear-Proof Cooler imageBEAR-PROOF COOLERS (Yeti, Pelican, Yukon etc.) MUST be secured with locks per manufacturer instructions in order to meet Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) standards. Failure to do so may result in a Food Storage Citation and up to a $1000 Fine Title XIV CCR 4323(b).  It is recommended that a cable lock is also used to attach the bear cooler to a non moveable item. Bears are known to take off with and/or toss coolers around to try to open them.  

 

Location - Directions

D.L Bliss SP is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, and approximately 2 miles north of the Vikingsholm Parking Lot at Emerald Bay.

Additional Visitor Services
  • Tahoe Adventure Company (Hiking, biking and kayaking)

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

Summer temperatures range from about 75-80 degrees F during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to lows in the teens and 20s; Winter temperatures may dip below 0 degrees F.
High Sierra weather is varied and can change abruptly. It is recommended to bring layered clothing and check weather updates. Weather forecast is available at NOAA.
Chains and/ or 4 wheel drive are frequently required during the winter season.  For up to date road conditions, call the Caltrans road hotline at 1800-427-ROAD, or visit the Caltrans website
D.L. Bliss State Park is located off of Highway 89.

Balancing Rock Nature Trail

The Balancing Rock, "tons of granite resting precariously on a slender stone base", The Balancing Rock at D.L. Blisshas long been a natural attraction on Lake Tahoe's western shore. Visitors to the Lake Tahoe area in the late 1800's and early 1900's enjoyed being photographed next to this geological marvel.

Today, the Balancing Rock is the feature attraction of a short, half mile self-guided nature trail in the northwest section of D.L. Bliss State Park. The granite of this large rock began weathering more rapidly at the joint plane, an extensive horizontal crack that is easily seen at its "waist".

The overlying rock weighs around 130 tons and is now balanced on the rock below. This precarious remnant of granite rock will eventually fall when enough material has eroded away to break the equilibrium between the two pedestals.

About the Park

Campers and day use visitors enjoy swimming or scuba diving in the crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe, picnicking, relaxing on the warm sand of Lester Beach or Calawee Cove, and hiking the Rubicon Trail, Lighthouse Trail, and Balancing Rock Trail. Lester Beach is a popular location to launch your kayak, paddleboard, or canoe, but keep in mind that trailers are not allowed in the day use parking lots. Please check weather and wind conditions before venturing out on the lake.

The grandeur of the parks and their setting is a product of successive upheavals of the mountain-building processes that raised the Sierra Nevada. From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe.

The park is named for a pioneering lumberman, railroad owner, and banker of the region. The D.L. Bliss family donated 744 acres to the State Park system in 1929.

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