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Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check this webpage again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.
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 cannot be maintained from others, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park:
What is open now?
- The park is open from sunrise to sunset with social distancing encouraged.
- Day-use parking is available to the public. Year-round parking fees. Winter rate is $5 for the day.
- All trail systems are available and active recreation will be permitted.
- Outdoor restrooms are available in main parking lot. All others closed for winter.
- The campground at Sugar Pine Point State Park is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the winter season.
- Visitor center and tours.
- Showers and dump station are closed.
- To make a camping reservation for summer 2021, call 800-444-7275 or visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. No more than three households in a group is permitted. Mixing between group gatherings, large gatherings or parties is not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people 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 requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times. For details, please visit www.covid19.ca.gov.
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. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. 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.
Off Season winter camping has begun at Sugar Pine Point Campground. Showers and dump station closed have closed for the season.
Our parks are highly impacted at this time - please lend a hand and help make your parks cleaner than you found them. Thank you. Nov 20th, 2020
Dogs on a 6' leash are allowed on paved areas, in the campground, and in the historic zone of the day use area. Dogs are not allowed on beaches, unpaved trails, or in undeveloped areas. Leashed dogs are allowed on the General Creek Fire Road during the summer. Dogs are not allowed on ski trails in the winter. Dog regulations are enforced YEAR-ROUND.
OFF-SEASON: WINTER CAMPING
Throughout the winter season, the campground will have a limited number of sites that will remain open. During the winter season the campground is on a first come / first serve basis. Winter fees are $25 per night. Fees include one vehicle. Extra vehicles are $5 per night each. The showers and dump station closed for the season October 12, 2020. The campground has a centrally located restroom with potable water. Fees are due by self-payment at the entrance station immediately after selecting a vacant site. The campground roads and parking areas as will be plowed (unless overwhelming amounts of snow) - campers are responsible for shoveling out fire rings, food lockers, and picnic benches. All camping regulations are in effect year-round. Closest firewood sales are in Tahoe City (10 miles north on Hwy 89). 11/13/2020
The campground (Sugar Pine Point SP) is currently on WINTER camping. For information on SUMMER camping reservations, call Reserve California at 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or visit www.reservecalifornia.com. Reservations can be made 6 months in advance of the date you would like to arrive. The Lake Tahoe area is a popular destination and reservations are required at this time. The last night for reservations is October 3rd, 2020. One loop will then return to winter camping use.
During this 2020 season there will only be family camping, no group campsites. Fees for camping are $35 per night. Fees include one vehicle. The campground does not have hook-ups, but there are showers and a dump station for registered campers.
Check In 2 pm Generator Hours 10am - 8pm
Check Out Noon 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, toiletries, and trash containing food/smells 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 Sugar Pine as they are just waking from a long winter and are very interested in ALL items that smell like food. Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. Ice chests may NOT be stored in vehicles and shall be stored in the food storage locker. The inside dimensions of the food lockers 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violations will be cited.
Day Use facilities, including the historic Hellman-Ehrman Estate, picnic area, beach and pier are 3/4 mile south from the campground. Day Use parking is $10 per vehicle during the peak season, $5 per vehicle in the winter, or free if you are camping at Sugar Pine Point. Fees are required year round and due by self-payment when the kiosk is unstaffed. There is a separate fee for historic tours of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate. Please contact the Sierra State Parks Foundation for tour schedule information.
About the Park
Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper.
Another attraction is the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. From the turn of the century until 1965, the lands of what is now Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park were owned by financier Isaias W. Hellman, and later by his daughter Florence Hellman Ehrman. The mansion provides an interesting view into the lifestyles of the wealthy on Lake Tahoe.
The park is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, ten miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.
Summer temperatures range from about 75-80 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to lows in the teens or 20s. Winter temperatures may drop below 0. High Sierra weather is varied and can change abruptly. It is recommended to bring layered clothing and check weather updates. The weather forecast is available from NOAA.gov.
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.
Facilities - Activities
Hiking & Swimming
Many miles of hiking trails within the park and a swimming beach provide visitors with a variety of relaxing summer activities.
Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park is comprised of conifer forests in the General Creek drainage. The waters of General Creek are among the clearest waters flowing into Lake Tahoe and the stream is open to fishing from mid July to mid September.A fishing license is required.
Winter visitors to the park will find over 20 kilometers of marked cross country ski trails and a heated restroom in the General Creek campground. Interpretive presentations on a variety of winter related subjects are presented most weekends, from January through March.
When you're at Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park, be sure to stop at the Nature Center located in the day use area by the Ehrman Mansion. We now have a bird display, where visitors can view several species of bird life that occur in the Tahoe Basin. In addition to birds, visitors can see most of the mammals and the four major game fish that occur here. Other exhibits include: Biology, Lake Ecology, Wildflowers, Trees, and a "Touchy-feely" table for the kids (adults also!).
About the area...
Lake Tahoe lay at the heart of the Washoe Indian territory, and Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park was the summer home for generations of Washoe Indians who came to these peaceful shores to hunt and fish. Evidence of their occupation can still be seen today in the form of bedrock mortars or grinding rocks just offshore from the Ehrman Mansion.
In 1860, the first permanent settler of record on Lake Tahoe's west shore built a cabin at the mouth of General Creek. This was the trapper and fisherman William "General" Phipps, and his cabin can still be seen today just north of the Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park pier. In 1884, a resort called Bellevue Hotel was constructed just north of what is now the South Boathouse, and remained a popular summer destination for Lake Tahoe visitors for nine years.