Hike-in Required
Yes
Open Year-round
Yes
Water Temperature
120.00 °F (48.89 °C)
Sensitive Habitat
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Features

Natural

Number of pools

1

Location

Comments

06/16/2021
This is not exactly what appears. Note the picture in hot spring how shallow foot or so. Can be somewhat hard to get too depending on how traveling in the lake? The water is coming out of some sort of pipe old wharf area in need of repair. Rather strong sulfurous aroma to breath.
Once park on rocks see about foot or so of 90 degree water that is not very welcoming. Steam rises near the old wharf sort of in the middle of bend looks to be old pipe with some overflow sort of grudge style. The water of Kayaker kicking back in very shallow foot of circle rocks is perhaps at even lower then current low level of 2 feet above outflow level to Truckee River. So this hotter water in rocky foot or foot half shore in rundown wharf puddles about with sulfurous aroma with more green algae from ~90s degree puddles rocky mud floor area really not your jacuzzi and cold beer spot picturing. Suggest Carson City Hot Springs pay for room with hotter slippery spring water without sulfurous aroma or rocky area with pool deep rather then foot puddle? Even if lower level in picture of shallow water upon close look with sulfurous aroma in grudge wharf location not cutting it even for kickback Kayaker in picture? Thx reminds me of the locals not liking the markers on trails, so hikers to places like Marlette Lake at trail spinoffs guess and may get lost in steep ravines. Thus here some locals say oh yeas Brockawy Springs been there done that even though impractical for all intensive purposes perhaps know hard to navigate to too. Sure if advanced in super confident water craft check it out. However if amateur in paddling in hard to paddle area especially if high winds caution advised along with if expert or amateur not likely to find jacuzzi and cold beer open bar party here, FYI. Cheers Flying Thunder Bear Apache.
03/04/2020
Same as previous review. Attempted to get to Hot Spring from Sand Harbor. We could see steam and smell a hint of sulfur in the air but I assume the water was too high for the hot pool to be visible. Using the pictures posted as a guide to orient ourselves we were unable to find any warm pools.
06/25/2018
I went kayaking from Sand Harbor to try and find Brockway Hot Springs. The hot spring itself closed 20+ years ago, and the rock pool that's the hot spring is now submerged due to the high water levels in Lake Tahoe.
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