Brockway Hot Springs is a unique and historic spot on Lake Tahoe's north shore just above the water's edge. Located near the border between Nevada and California, this year-round hot spring presents a unique logistical challenge for visitors because its source flows from private property. While access to the resort's property is limited to guests only, the property line ends at the high-water mark for the lake, and determined soakers can legally access a changing formation of rock-walled pools lying where the spring water trickles into Tahoe's emerald waters.
Around 150 years ago, two investors bought over 60 acres of land around the hot spring and constructed a resort based around the spring's healing mineral properties. Brockway Springs, originally known as Campbell Hot Springs, played a large role in the construction of an access road between Truckee and the resort. Over the years the property has changed hands numerous times and hosted health retreats, casinos, cottages, and hotel resorts. Today Brockway Springs Vacation Resort owns the property and uses the spring, which surfaces at over 120 degrees, to heat the water for its swimming pool.
Fluctuating lake levels and temporary pool construction mean that warm pools can vary in size and temperature depending on how much of the cold lake water mixes with the spring flow. Also, soakers will notice the unsightly pool heating infrastructure that is hidden from the resort's guests. If you can ignore that and look out over the lake, you will be treated to a scenic treat that includes Tahoe's glassy surface bordered by mountains and sky as you soak in water warm enough to enjoy even when snow lines the banks around you.
Brockway Hot Spring is a unique spot with beauty that borders on the sublime for those willing to put in the effort to find it. The pool is a mix of hot and cold water, but temperatures generally remain in the 90s, and it is usually large enough to accommodate between two and four people. The nearest access points for those wanting to kayak or stand-up paddleboard to the springs are from Kings Beach, which lies about 0.7 miles north of the springs, or Speedboat Beach, which is just under 0.5 miles to the south.
Be sure to respect the property boundaries and remain below the lake's high-water mark.