Lake Forest Beach is a free day-use park within the neighborhood of Lake Forest Glen, a few miles outside of Tahoe City. The beach is a secluded, sandy and pebbly shoreline. The views are spectacular from the angle provided by the park, giving direct sight of Mount Tallac and other framing mountains. This beach is perfect for launching paddleboards, kayaks or windsurfing equipment. The area is also great for birdwatching and swimming, with horseshoe pits, picnic tables and grills for public use. This beach also provides unparalleled opportunities to photograph expansive fields of lupine. These brilliant purple wildflowers cover the lowland shore of this public beach each summer, typically starting in mid-July through mid-August. In drought years, the flowers start blooming earlier in the season, in late May or June.
When you’re facing Lake Tahoe, you’ll see the sign Lake Forest Beach on the right hand side of that sign is the is a dog-friendly beach area. The left hand side of the Lake Forest Beach area is not dog-friendly and it is marked “No Dogs Allowed”. You need to be on the right hand side (West side) of the beach. You’ll know you’re in the right area by crossing the small bridge and you’ll see the dispenser of plastic bags so dog owners can pick up after their dogs. The water in this area is shallow, but still cold.
*Please note that parking is limited.*