Day Use Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
D. L. Bliss State Park
Off-season access- NOW CLOSED
The campground and day use facilities (including restrooms and potable water) are CLOSED for the season. Visitors may park at the Visitor Center located near Highway 89 and walk, snow shoe, or back country ski into the park. Off highway vehicles are prohibited. Please be advised that it is a 2 mile walk from the Visitor Center to the Calawee Cove Rubicon Trail Head, and a 1 1/8 mile walk to the Lighthouse Trail Head. ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS APPLY AND ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED DURING ALL SEASONS.
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. A $10 fee is due for entering the park. No drop-offs are allowed. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset. Thank you for your understanding.
Dogs at D.L. Bliss
Dogs are NOT allowed on the beaches, trails, or off-trail (including the bouldering areas). Dogs on a 6' leash are allowed in the paved campgound and picnic areas, as well as on paved roads. Dogs may not be left unattended. Dog regulations are enforced YEAR-ROUND.
Location - Directions
The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, and approximately 2 miles north of the Vikingsholm Parking Lot at Emerald Bay.
A hazardous tree removal project is occurring due to high tree mortality from bark beetles throughout the campground and day use areas. Some camping loops may have delayed openings for Spring 2017 depending on snow levels. Please continue to check this website for updates on campground reservation periods.
The D.L. Bliss campgrounds are CLOSED for the season. Ed Z' Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park has a campground loop that is open on a first come first serve basis throughout the winter.
In the summer, D.L. Bliss campground offers 150 family campsites and 1 group campsite. For information on 2016 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 vehicles are $10 per night.
Food Storage Locker Information
Black bears are currently very active at D.L. Bliss! 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 except when food is being prepared or eaten. Ice chests may NOT be stored in vehicles. The inside dimensions of the food lockers 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited.
Due to the drought and low water at the park's water source, showers are closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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.
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. 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 link below. 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", 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.
Available Activities and Facilities at D. L. Bliss State Park
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available