Sand Harbor State Park

Sand Harbor State Park is truly one of the most spectacular Nevada State Parks and is a MUST Do Lake Tahoe destination! All Photo's below were taken by Leigh Storz, Owner of

Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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Sand Harbor is located three miles south of Incline Village on Hwy 28 on the east side of Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side.

Sand Harbor Map at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Sand Harbor Amenities

Map of the amenities at Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

This is a picture of a posted sign that shows the amenities at Sand Harbor. A walk around the Boardwalk Trail is a MUST DO!! Be sure to bring your camera, the views are incredible!!

Sand Harbor State Park - beach area at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

The Sand Harbor beach area is one of the most popular Lake Tahoe Beaches with a long sandy beach, and rocky coves and amazing views! There are 55 acres of long sandy beaches, rocky coves, shady forested areas and panoramic lake views within the Sand Harbor State Park area. The water is crystal clear and allows for great swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Sand Harbor State Park Boardwalk at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Sand Harbor has the Sand Point Boardwalk Nature Trail (shown above) that is a short, 1/3 mile boardwalk trail that is a handicap accessible trail that can be walked in about 15 minutes. There are educational interpretive signs along the way and numerous places and benches to stop and enjoy the awesome views along the way. The numerous rocks in the area, especially in the Divers Cove area, make Sand Harbor a photographer's dream!!

A sailing boat on Lake Tahoe as viewed from Sand Harbor State Park in Nevada

The rocks in the area provide great photo opportunities of the Lake.

Sand Harbor State Park Boat Launch at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Sand Harbor has a boat launch area that has a separate entrance just North of the main entrance. (closest to Incline Village) See below in the Hours & Operating Schedule section for the details on the restricted hours for 2014.

Sand Harbor Divers Cove at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Divers Cove at Sand Harbor is a popular place for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling, and the views are pretty fabulous too!

There is also a Group Area/Ramada group-use area set on a pine-dotted, rocky point that accommodates groups of up to 100 people. Reservations must be made in person or by phone: 775-831-0494.

Sand Harbor Performing Stage - Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Sand Harbor has a great outdoor Performing Stage with amazing views and is home to the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival as well as many outdoor concerts. The Shakespeare Festival is on July 11, 2014 - August 24, 2014 with performances each night on Tuesday's through Sunday's from 7:30pm - 10pm. Tickets to their 2014 performance of "As You Like It" can be purchased at:

Sand Harbor Char Pit Restaurant at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

In addition to many different picnic areas and group picnic areas with tables and barbeques, Sand Harbor is home to the Char Pit Restaurant where food and drinks can be purchased. They have a great outside seating area as well as indoor seating.

Other amenities include: Restrooms, Visitor Center and Park Store, Parking and boat rentals (Kayak, Sea Doo, and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP), Wakeboards, and Hobie Mirage Pedal/Paddle Kayaks from Sand Harbor Rentals. They also offer Guided Tours and Lessons.

There is also a short half mile trail from Sand Harbor up north to Memorial Point that provides access to many secluded Lake Tahoe beach and rock areas.

Sand Harbor Beach Rules

  • Fires permitted in designated areas only

  • Leave no trace

  • No bottles allowed in waterfront areas

  • No camping allowed

  • No Pets allowed

  • Pack it in - Pack it out

  • Stay on Trails

Cost of Admission - 2014

Parking (per vehicle) = $12.00 from April 15 - Oct. 15
Parking (per vehicle) = $7.00 from Oct. 16 - April 14

Boat Ramp Fees = $20.00 from April 15 - Oct. 15
Boat Ramp Fees = $14.00 from Oct. 16 - April 14

A $2.00 discount is available for Nevada Residents, and season passes can be purchased.

For all the fees for the Nevada State Parks: Nevada State Park Fee Schedule 2014 (revised January 15, 2014).

Hours & Operating Schedule

Special 2014 Boat Ramp Hours Per the Nevada State Parks Website: 

"BOAT RAMP CLOSURE - Beginning Monday, May 19, 2014, the Sand Harbor boat ramp will be closed every Monday and Tuesday until further notice due to reduced seal inspector staff, and low lake levels.  It will be open on Monday, May 26, 2014 for the Memorial holiday weekend, and then closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27-28, 2014.  Complete boat ramp closure is expected by July 1, 2014. Thank you for your patience."

  • Normal Boat Launch Summer Hours: May through September, 6am to 8pm
  • Normal Boat Launch Winter Hours: October through April, 6am to 2pm (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only)
  • Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Sand Harbor Main Beach Hours: May 1 - Memorial Day, 8am - 7pm, day after Memorial Day - Labor Day, 8am - 9pm, day after Labor Day - September 30, 8am - 7pm, October 1 through April 30, 8am - 5pm.
  • Visitor Center and Park Store open Friday - Sunday from 10am to 4:00pm 

Sand Harbor Contact Information

For additional information, check out the State of Nevada - Division of State Parks Website area for Sand Harbor.

Sand Harbor Photos
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The Photo's above, will randomly change with all of the Sand Harbor photo's that I have uploaded in the Truckee Travel Guide's Flickr photo's "Sand Harbor State Park Photoset". To view all the photo's, just click above on the "Sand Harbor...." blue link to view the entire set of photo's, or just click on your browser "refresh" button.

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