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Pope Beach


Pope Beach is located 3 miles west of the city of South Lake Tahoe on State Highway 89.

Gated access; open Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October; Entry fee required.

Fees increase during Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Pope Beach is located on National Forest land and is approximately three-quarter miles long with a sandy beach, excellent swimming and picnicking opportunities and incredible views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada. Kayak rentals and a food concession are available on site. Pope Beach is easily accessible by bicycle via the Pope/Baldwin Bike Path. No dogs are allowed. The beach is managed by concessionaire, California Land Management, under a special use permit with the USDA Forest Service.


  • Accessibility
  • Food Concessions
  • Paddleboard/Kayak Rentals
  • Parking/Day-use Fee
  • Picnic Tables
  • Public Bathrooms
  • Public Transit Nearby
  • Shade Available
  • Watertrail Trailhead