Day Use Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
D. L. Bliss State Park
OFF-SEASON: D. L. Bliss State Park closes to vehicle traffic October 15th 2018.
D.L. Bliss State Park is CLOSED to vehicular traffic for the winter (approximately mid-October). When the park gate is closed, pedestrians may park at the Visitor's Center 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.
Chains and/ or 4 wheel drive are frequently required during the winter season. Please check for weather updates and road conditions. Highway 89 to Emerald Bay can be closed due to snow and avalanche conditions. If venturing into the backcountry please check for avalanche conditions. The district office number is available M-F 9-4:30pm - 530-525-7232.
As of April 10th 2019, trails and roads are mostly to completely covered in snow - snowshoes recommended or groomed areas of Sugar Pine Point which is 7 miles north.
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.
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 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.
D. L. Bliss Campground has closed for the 2018 season.
The campsite fee ($45 for Beach Camp and $35 for all others) includes one vehicle. Additional vehicles are $10 per night. 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. Some campsites only allow for one vehicle and extra vehicles will need to be placed in the balancing rock overflow parking area. This campground does not have hook-ups, however, there are showers available for registered campers.
In the summer, D.L. Bliss campground offers 150 family campsites and 1 group campsite. The group site is $165 a night and available only for tent camping. For information on 2019 summer reservations, click on the "Reservations" link above, or go to reservecalifornia.com or call 800-444-PARK - Reservations may be made 6 months in advance of your arrival date.
Quiet Hours 10pm - 6am Check In - 2 pm
Generator Hours 10am - 8pm Check Out - Noon
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
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.
BEAR-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)
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.
- 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", 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.
Rubicon Trail (Pedestrian)
The Rubicon Trail wraps around Emerald Bay, stretching from Emerald Bay State Park to D. L. Bliss State Park.
There are four main access points along the trail -
(1) at the north end in D. L. Bliss State Park is the Rubicon Trailhead starting at Calawee Cove,
(2) 1.3 miles south is the Lighthouse Trailhead Parking Area (DL Bliss State Park),
(3) 5.7 miles south is Vikingsholm access, with a steep 1 mile hike to reach the Rubicon Trail from the Vikingsholm Parking Lot/Emerald Bay Overlook, and
(4) the southern most beginning/end of the trail is 7.4 miles south at the Rubicon Trailhead at Eagle Point (Emerald Bay State Park)
The 7.4 miles of trail ranges from moderate to strenuous hiking offering beautiful views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe.
Emerald Bay and the Rubicon Trail are highly impacted in the summer.
Restrooms and water are available Memorial Day - Labor Day at Calawee Cove, Vikingsholm Area, and Boat Camp.
No Dogs, No Fires, No Bicycles, No Camping - The parks are open from sunrise to sunset.
Cell Phones may not have reception - bring appropriate layered clothing, footwear and food and water. High Sierra weather varies and can change abrubptly. Check weather updates.
As of April 10th - trails are mostly to completely covered in snow - snowshoes recommended.
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.