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Sand Harbor State Park

Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

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  • View from the beach.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • The visitor center at Sand Harbor State Park.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • A picnic area in Sand Harbor State Park.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • Wading in the water.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • The natutre trail in Sand Harbor State Park is an easy half-mile trail.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • There are many lookouts along the trail.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • Sand Harbor State Park.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • Information signs along the trail.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • Rent kayaks and enjoy the lakeshore.- Sand Harbor State Park
  • Scuba lessons in Sand Harbor State Park.- Sand Harbor State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Many activites. Beautiful beach.
Cons: 
Expensive entry. Can be crowded.
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Region:
Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, NV
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Sand Harbor has some of the oldest history in all of Lake Tahoe. Originally inhabited by the Washoe Native American Tribe, the Sand Harbor area was later home to the Sierra Wood and Lumber Company in the 1880s. The land then became a luxurious summer resort for well-off guests. The State of Nevada finally bought the land, and Sand Harbor became the centerpiece for the Lake Tahoe State Park.

Sand Harbor State park has a multitude of activities along its shores, including scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, boating, hiking and picnicking. A half-mile nature trail loop snakes through the rocks and around the back of the visitor center. You may also follow a half-mile trail along the shore to the nearby Memorial Point Overlook. Boat and kayak rentals are available, and the visitor center holds a small snack bar and grill. The yearly Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival takes place in the park with an incredible backdrop of the lake and surrounding peaks.

Although entry is a bit expensive at $12, the fee includes entrance to other parks in the area, including the beautiful Spooner Lake Park.

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