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Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor

star-4.5
118 Reviews
Free admission
2005 Nevada 28, Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, 89451

The Basics

With 55 acres (22.2 hectares) of beach and forested areas, there’s plenty to do at Sand Harbor. Multiple beaches offer sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving. Don’t miss the many giant boulders here, great for climbing or jumping off. Hire kayaks or stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) from the on-site rental shop and paddle to nearby hidden coves and beaches. Or take a break from the water and hike into the woods or have a barbecue or picnic under the shade of pine and cedar trees. Part of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, the beach has extensive amenities.

Visitors can easily spend a few hours or even a full day at Sand Harbor. Those short on time should book a Lake Tahoe circle tour. For a different perspective, take a hot-air balloon ride or helicopter tour.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Tahoe

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Amazing!
Erica_L, Aug 2021
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
1st time ever kayaking for our group of 6.It was amazing. The water was so beautiful. Definitely a must!
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Not to miss
Nellie_S, Aug 2021
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
Nolin was our guide. He was knowledgeable and fun! Would highly recommend this tour. It is a great way to see the lake.
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Paradise!
Rebecca_F, Jul 2021
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
It was more than what I was expecting. The east shore is beautiful. Tom guided us well and lunch at Chimney Beach was very nice.
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Wonderful experience!
Chris-CourtneyLatour, Jul 2021
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
Our tour guide had so much knowledge, he was amazing! The trip was at an easy going pace. Alex was so helpful launching and of loading. Highly recommend the tour!
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Beautiful Sand Harbor
Nichol, Jun 2021
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
Tom was a fantastic guide. Went above and beyond for our group. Excellent experience and the lake was beautiful.
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Kayak tour totally worthwhile
Marlene_D, Jun 2021
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
Liz was a great instructor and terrific companion. Great day out on the lake. We felt safe and learned a lot
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Excellent Experience!
Diana_P, Jun 2021
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
Jesse was an excellent tour guide. She was very friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour.
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Awesomeness
Cindy_H, Jul 2021
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
Loren was extremely nice and knowledgeable about the lake and surrounding areas. This is great for all skill types. Loren will get you all caught up if you have never kayaked before. It was a beautiful July day and the water was nice and cool. Definitely would recommend you to wear sun protection (I forgot my hat and now my scalp is burned a little). My boyfriend flipped his kayak over but Loren made sure we were all calm and helped him back up. My boyfriend was fine though, he can swim just fine but the life jacket provided was very helpful. We had lunch at Chimney Beach and cooled off in the water. Loren gave us some tips on things to do around the lake for the remainder of our trip as well, great tour guide 10/10 would recommend. After the tour was over and my arms were dead. Still had a ton of fun though.
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Awesome adventure
Erin_S, Dec 2020
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
This was the highlight of our trip to Lake Tahoe. Beautiful way to see the lake and swim. The guide was fantastic and gave us many cool facts oboist the area and it’s history.
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Kayak
JPERRY_W, Sep 2020
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
Love Joey. Would recommend the guided tour. Lot of fun facts while on the lake. He even offered to tow me in. I made it.
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We had a blast!
SMA, Sep 2020
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
Alex was a great tour guide. He was easy to talk to and very knowledgeable about Lake Tahoe and its history.
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Kayaking fun
Michelle_C, Aug 2020
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
This was a great tour! While we kayaked, our guides entertained us with lots of trivia and history about Lake Tahoe. The lake was just beautiful-kayaking was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Lake Tahoe!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sand Harbor is a must for first-time visitors to Lake Tahoe.

  • Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning scenery.

  • The facilities include parking, restrooms, concessions, a restaurant, barbecue and picnic areas, a gift shop, watersport rentals, and a boat launch.

  • Alcohol is permitted on the beach, but glass containers are not.

  • There are wheelchair-accessible paved walkways at Sand Harbor. The Sand Harbor Nature Trail is also wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Sand Harbor is located on the east side of the north shore of Lake Tahoe, about 3 miles (4.6 kilometers) south of Incline Village on NV 28. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, regular buses run from Incline Village.

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When to Get There

During the peak summer season, arrive early to get a parking spot. Stay for the amazing sunsets. The annual Shakespeare Festival runs during July and August—a wonderful opportunity to see performances against a stunning natural backdrop. For fewer crowds, visit during the week in the shoulder seasons.

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Flume Trail

Mountain bikers should check out nearby Flume Trail, one of the most scenic rides in Lake Tahoe. An exciting, mostly single track 1,600 feet (488 meters) above Lake Tahoe, there are stretches of uninterrupted views of the lake and sheer drop-offs for added excitement. Most riders start at Spooner Lake, also part of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park; a shuttle also runs from Tunnel Creek Café.

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