D. L. Bliss State Park

Phone Number

No phone number listed.

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: Up to 15 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: Up to 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

UPDATES

DL Bliss campground has closed for the season. Day use remains open for recreation from sunrise to sunset. No wood or charcoal fires/barbeques.

Due to the spring-fed water supply at DL Bliss State Park being critically low, it is likely that during your stay at DL Bliss State Park there will not be water available in the campground or day-use areas.The low water supply is necessitating additional water saving measures. Chemical toilets will be made available if the campground bathroom facilities are closed due to lack of water. Please plan accordingly and bring a supply of drinking water. The dump station and potable water fill station will also be closed. Shower facilities and dump station will be open and accessible at Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park campground, approximately 7 miles north of DL Bliss.  Full refunds will be given for cancellations at www.reservecalifornia.com or call 1-800-444-7275.  We ask that all visitors be “water wise” and conserve water during these challenging times.
Please help keep our lake and beaches clean and our forests safe.Thank you. 9/19/21

Dogs at D.L. Bliss

Dogs are NOT allowed on the beaches, trails, or off-trail (including the bouldering areas).  Dogs are not allowed on the Rubicon Trail. 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 is a dump station available for registered campers
Lake Tahoe is a popular destination and reservations are required.  Reservations for DL Bliss Campground will begin May 27th - Labor Day 2021.  To make a reservation, go to reservecalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275 - 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

IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED - Food Storage Locker Information 

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.

D. L. Bliss Information Video
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