Tallac Point + Kiva Beach

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Tallac Point + Kiva Beach


  • No shortage of views from the beach.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
  • First storm of the season coming from the north.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
  • The beach is somewhat inside of a small half-cove that is formed by Tallac Point itself.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
  • Looking north across a stormy Lake Tahoe.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
  • Tallac Point.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
  • Looking to the western shore at Tallac Point.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
  • Snow coming in behind the beach.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
  • Mount Tallac towering above the south lake.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
  • Some areas of the beach are a little rocky, but you should be able to find a sandy spot on a sunny day.- Tallac Point + Kiva Beach
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Scenic views of Lake Tahoe. Waves. Sandy beach. Dogs allowed.
Stormy and unexpected weather changes in the off season.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Tallac Point and Kiva Beach are a great little spots to get your tan on in the summer, to view Mount Tallac from water level, or to wait out the constant construction around the lake on Highway 89... especially if you've been sitting in traffic south of Emerald Bay.

The beach provides a few hundred yards of uninterrupted shoreline in South Lake Tahoe along with one of the more incredible views that the shoreline has to offer. Surfers are not uncommon here, as this area sees the bigger waves on the lake. The backside of the beach is lined with various trees to provide shade during the hot summer months. Dogs are allowed at this beach on leashes, so nobody is left behind on beach day. The surrounding area is lined with pine, willow, aspens, and a protected marsh. The shoreline consists of a mixture of sand, rock and soil.

While small, it sees much less use than other beaches in the area, and it can be a useful spot to steal a quick and unique view most don't know about. Even if you aren't planning to lay out with a towel, this site is worth the quick stop if you have a few minutes to spare on your way around South Lake Tahoe attractions. If you are staying at Fallen Leaf Campground, this will be the most immediate lake access, and the entrance is directly across from Fallen Leaf Road. Public restrooms are the only amenities. Nearby, Tallac Historic Site may be accessed by a shoreline trail that is not maintained.

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