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Sand Harbor offers a number of family-friendly recreational activities, including long sandy beaches, a boat launch (sometimes closed due to low water), picnicking, group use areas, hiking, watercraft rentals and tours, and restrooms. The Sand Harbor visitor center has a gift shop, area information, and displays about Lake Tahoe. During the summer months, there is a food concession, snack bar, and shaded seating area. There is no camping at Sand Harbor or any other beaches within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Pets are only allowed off-season from mid-October to mid-April. Glass containers are prohibited on the beaches.

The entrance fee at Sand Harbor is $12 from April 15 through October 15, and $7 from October 16 through April 14. There is a $2 discount for Nevada residents. Fees are subject to change, so check the Nevada State Parks Fee Schedule for the latest information. The information phone number at Sand Harbor is (775) 831-0494.

Things To Do at Sand Harbor

  • Picnicking
  • Group Picnicking
  • Visitor Center
  • Hiking Trails
  • Nature Study
  • Boating (requires inspection fee)
  • Swimming
  • Sand Harbor Rentals
  • CharPit Food Concession
  • Lake Tahoe Shakespeare

Sand Harbor Park Hours

Sand Harbor's main beach is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 1 through Memorial Day. After Memorial Day and through Labor Day, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. After Labor Day to September 30, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. From October 1 through April 30, it's 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How to Get to Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe

From Reno, take either U.S. 395 / I580 or S. Virginia Street to the Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada 431) and follow the signs to Lake Tahoe and Incline Village. When you reach Nevada 28, turn left toward Incline Village. Sand Harbor is located three miles south of Incline Village on the right (Lake Tahoe side).

East Shore Express to Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor's popularity creates a parking hassle on busy summer days. Parking lots are frequently full from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on summer weekends and during weekdays in July and August. It is illegal to park along Highway 28 for 3/4 mile on either side of the Sand Harbor entrance. Walk-in visitors are not allowed - you may not drop people off and let them enter the park on foot whether the parking lot is full or not.

To remedy this problem, the East Shore Express runs inexpensive shuttle buses from nearby Incline Village. For the 2016 season, the shuttle runs on weekends only from June 11 through June 19, then daily from June 25 through September 5. Hours of operation are every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On the 4th of July, it will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The fare is $3.00 per person and $1.50 for children ages 5 to 12, seniors 60+, and disabled persons. Kids under 5 are free. Fares are round trip and include admission to Sand Harbor. Fare is cash only - bring the exact amount as no change is given. Should you get a parking place at Sand Harbor, the fee is $10 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $12 for out-of-state visitors.

The Incline Village pickup location is 771 Southwood Boulevard, at the corner of Tahoe and Southwood Boulevards. Parking is free. Lots open at 9:45 a.m. and are locked at 7:15 p.m. No overnight parking. The gate will be locked at 8:30 p.m. on the 4th of July.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

During July and August, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival sets up at Sand Harbor, creating the world's most beautiful venue for the Bard's plays.

Sand Harbor Beach at Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Beautiful beaches and Lake Tahoe scenery at Sand Harbor. Photo © Stan White

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