If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know by now how much my family enjoys finding fun things to do with dogs in Lake Tahoe. And by the whole family, I mean the WHOLE family; Lola included. It’s home to our beloved Tahoe-A-Frame and so many memories as a family. I love taking Lola to Lake Tahoe because there are so many pet-friendly things to do! So when Harrison, Kevin, and our soon-to-be little one decide to go down to the lake, we can be whole as a family with Lola. You’d be amazed how many places are dog friendly. From restaurants to parks to activities, there’s plenty to dip your toes (and paws) in. First, let’s take a look at everything you can do to let all your dog’s pent-up energy loose. Keep reading for all the deets on things to do with dogs in Lake Tahoe!
Things to do With Dogs in Lake Tahoe
Hurricane Bay Beach is located on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore where local homeowners moor their boats in this beautiful bay. It’s easy to spot and parking is made simple since the road skirts along the shoreline with parking spots right off the main road. This makes this beach an ideal “quick stop” to take a dip in the lake, exercise your dog, or enjoy the sunset or picnic without having to haul all your beach items too far to the shore.
Hurricane Bay Beach extends across a half-mile of shoreline with great North Lake Tahoe views and amazing crystal clear water. We recommend bringing chairs since the beach consists of smooth small rocks and not the decomposed granite found at other Lake Tahoe beaches. Hurricane Bay Beach is one of Lake Tahoe’s dog-friendly beaches with a 50-foot designated “dog-friendly” section. There are public restrooms and picnic tables at the south end of the beach along the paved bike path.
First thing’s first, your pup needs a place to run around and get its energy out! It’s also a perfect place to get your energy out too. The beach features plenty of amenities the whole family will enjoy such as boating access, paddleboard, kayak rentals, food concessions, and more! And it’s all pet-friendly!
Skylandia State Park & Beach
Skylandia State Park & Beach is a 24-acre California State Park located 1.5 miles east of Tahoe City on Lake Forest Road. This park provides bike trails, hiking trails, and picnicking. The park also features a beach, pier, and swimming area. Please note that pets are allowed at the park but no pets at the beach area.
Coon Street Dog Beach
This beach is perfect for boat-loving and outdoor pups! It’s home to a boat ramp and picnic tables perfect for feasting. Coon Street Dog Beach is the only dog beach in Tahoe Vista and King Beach. It is a small and rocky beach that your pup is sure to love!
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There is much to do at this beach. You can go fishing at the pier, take a boat out on the water, or have a barbecue with the fam. And all the while, your pup is allowed to be right by your side on a leash.
North Tahoe Regional Park
North Tahoe Regional Park is another great place for lots of energy! This place has plenty of amenities for you and your pup to enjoy such as 5 night-lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball, and disc golf. I know I love going to the disc golf course and getting Lola involved.
Within North Tahoe Regional Park, there are two fenced enclosures where your dog can reign free. It’s a one-acre enclosed area for dogs of all sizes. It even boasts dog agility equipment like bridge walks and crawl tubes. Time to learn some tricks!
Truckee River Rafting
While parks and beaches are a great way for pups to expel their energy, there are plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy too like river rafting! And when I say the whole family, I mean the WHOLE family. You can enjoy a leisurely float down a five-mile stretch and enjoy the beautiful views Lake Tahoe has to offer! Dog tongue hanging out activated!
Lake Tahoe has just about everything! I love it so much that I even made a complete travel guide of Lake Tahoe for you to enjoy as well.
Lake Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area
If river rafting excites you, then you might enjoy skiing too! Lake Tahoe has a cross-country skiing area where you can ski, bike, and run with your pup. They even sell your dog a lift ticket! And for a nice break, you can enjoy the day lodge with snacks, hot drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere for all.
If these activities weren’t enough for you, there are quite a few more options at Adrift Tahoe. Located in Kings Beach, they offer rentals for kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes. They are super dog-friendly and do not mind your pet going along for the ride. Don’t forget the life vest!
Which of these things to do with dogs would you like to try? Let me know in a comment below!