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D. L. Bliss State Park
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Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
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DL Bliss is now closed for the season. Our anticipated opening date for next season is Memorial Day weekend. When the park is closed, no vehicles may enter, and no services (restrooms, water) are available. From the locked gate it is a 1 mile walk to the Rubicon trailhead and a 2 mile walk to the beaches (distances are one-way).
Dogs on leash are allowed in the campgound and picnic areas, as well as on paved roads. Dogs may not be left unattended.
Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach or on any trails. Dog regulations are enforced YEAR-ROUND.
During the summer months, DL Bliss campground offers150 family campsites and 1 group campsite. For information on 2015 summer reservations, go to reserveamerica.com or call 800-444-PARK. The campsite fee ($45 for Beach Camp and $35 for all others) includes one vehicle. Additional vehicels are $10 per night.
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, no more day use vehicles are allowed into the park. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset. Thank you for your understanding.
Food Storage Locker Information
Black bears are very active in the areas in and around the campground. Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers. The inside dimensions of the food lockers are 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited.
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.
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.
Location - Directions
The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay.
Tahoma Latitude/Longitude: 38.9851 / -120.1304
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.
The park is closed during the winter.
Balancing Rock Nature Trail
The Balancing Rock, "tons of granite resting precariously on a slender stone base", has 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.
Visitors can pick up a brochure at the start of the trail that describes 19 numbered markers, where you can stop and learn about the relationships between the soils, plants, and animals found in the park.