Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Update (March 17, 2021): With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.

As State Parks increases access to the State Park System, it is critical that Californians continue to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over.

Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

What is open now?
  • Very limited parking is now available to the public.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
Statewide:
  • Some park units and campground sites continue to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, impacts from wildfires or other issues. Please visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home during this pandemic period. If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time. 
  • Plan Ahead
    • The ongoing pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of your outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.
    • Learn what safety precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
    • SNO-PARKS: Make sure your vehicle is snow ready. A permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site. Parking is on a first come, first-serve basis at all SNO-PARK sites. The public is advised that parking lots are filling up early in the day. Illegal parking is prohibited. More information can be found at ohv.parks.ca.gov/SNOPARKS.
  • Stay Safer at Six Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. If there are too many people to maintain the required physical distance, please visit us on a different day. 
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Keep Clean: Be prepared as not all services may be available. Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.

Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.

California State Parks continues to work with local and state officials 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. For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(530) 523-3203

Park Hours

6 AM to 10 PM

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed at Dog Beach which is located at the east of the Park beyond the boat ramp (rocky area). Dogs not allowed on sandy beaches in Placer County.

Driving Directions to Kings Beach SRA

The park is located on the northeast side of Tahoe City.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
Boat Rentals
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Beach Area
Swimming
Windsurfing/Surfing
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

KINGS BEACH STATE RECREATION AREA

Kings Beach State Recreation Area features 979 feet of beautiful frontage property along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. This day-use only area has a large sandy beach and multiple picnic tables under the shade of Jeffery pines.

This is a family oriented park with a playground and volleyball poles. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at this beach. Smoking is not allowed. Our parks and beaches have been highly impacted at this time - Please help keep your lake and beaches clean - Help pick up trash and make sure it ends up in a trash recepticle. Thank you. 04/15/21

Kings Beach SRA Regulations

No Alcoholic Beverages
No Dogs on the beach
No Glass
No Fires or BBQs on the beach
No Charcoal BBQs
No bicycles or skateboards on the sidewalks
Amplified music is only allowed with a permit
Please dispose of garbage responsibly

The Kings Beach boat ramp is located at the east edge of the Park.  Available public boat ramps are listed with Tahoe Boat Inspections. The closest open public boat ramp is located in Tahoe Vista at National and North Lake Blvd. For more information about the Kings Beach Boat Launch Facility, please contact North Tahoe Water Sports at 530-546-9253.

Day Use
Kings Beach State Recreation Area is a day-use only facility, with 18 picnic tables, barbeques, restrooms, a playground, a half court for basketball, fishing, and water sport activities available.

Parking - Parking lots are Pay-to-Park. Fees are required to park in the parking lots year-round. Automatic Pay Stations are located in Kings Beach and Kings Beach Boat Launch parking lots. Busses, RV's and trailers not allowed to park in the main lot. Peak-Season rates (May 1 - September 30) - $10.00 per vehicle for the day, or $3.00 per hour. Non-Peak-Season rates (October 1 - April 30) - $5 per vehicle for the day, or $3.00 per hour. Annual passes available. Pay machines can take credit cards or exact cash. Change not given. Parking lot is open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Restrooms - There are restroom facilities located east of the main parking lot next to the playground and also near the Kings Beach Boat launch. The boat launch restroom facilities are closed and winterized during the winter season.

Picnic Tables and BBQs - All picnic tables and permanent barbeque pits are first come, first serve. Charcoal barbeques are not allowed. Due to extreme fire danger, no wood or charcoal fires until further notice. Propane and gas barbeques are allowed in the picnic areas.

Fishing - Kings Beach has a shallow shelf which requires a good distance away from shore to reach deeper waters. While the fishing is not usually spectacular at Kings Beach, fishing is allowed. A fishing license is required.

Water Sport Activities - For more information regarding water sport activities at Kings Beach SRA, visit North Tahoe Watersports.

Special Events - Kings Beach SRA has an outdoor plaza and a small stage near the playground which are available for special events. If you have an interest in having a special event at Kings Beach SRA or North Tahoe Beach Pavilion, contact Special Events at (530) 550-6165 or NorthTahoe.SpecialEvents@parks.ca.gov .
If you would like to inquire about the North Tahoe Event Center please call (530) 546-7249.
For upcoming events in the area please visit North Tahoe Business Association or Go Tahoe North.

Location
Kings Beach SRA is located in downtown Kings Beach, near Bear street on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. The park is approximately one mile west of the Nevada State Line and thirteen miles southeast of Truckee, CA from Highway 267. Check road conditions with Caltrans.

Climate
Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40's at night. Winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees.

High Sierra weather is varied and can change abruptly. It is recommended to bring layered clothing and check weather updates.  Temperature is available from NOAA.gov

LAKE TAHOE JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS

NorthCoastJGsFor additional information, please visit us at: North Tahoe Junior Lifeguards or email at Tahoe.juniorlifeguards@parks.ca.gov or call (530) 550-6160

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