Boat Launch, Beach, and Picnic Area
This beautiful 2.7 acre lakeshore property with approximately 800 feet of lakeshore frontage provides easy access for visitors of all abilities including sidewalks and paved areas leading to the beach, a sheltered boat launching facility, group picnic and special event areas, restrooms, sidewalks, and a large plaza with interpretive signage. A swim area provides beachgoers a designated area away from motorized and non-motorized traffic. The Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and Boat Launch is also part of the Tahoe Water Trail.
The parking area (Parking is $10/vehicle) located across the street (and accessed via crosswalk at the signal light) provides 42 vehicles and 24 vehicles with trailer pull through spaces, a paved walking/bike trail along National Avenue leading to the North Tahoe Regional Park, a bus pullout and shelter, landscaping and stormwater BMP’s. The 3.6-acre site located at the intersection of North Lake Boulevard (California State Route 28) and National Avenue was acquired by the NTPUD with funds from the California Tahoe Conservancy and later upgraded and enhanced with support from the CA Department of Boating and Waterways.
Development of this beach was a collaborative effort between the North Tahoe Public Utility District (NTPUD), California Department of Boating and Waterways and the California Tahoe Conservancy, and received the Tahoe Regional Planning Agencies’ Best of the Basin Award in 2006.
Kayak and Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Rentals & Tours
Kayak and SUP rentals and tours are available from the Tahoe Adventure Company.
Boating and Paddling Resources
Aquatic Invasive Species
For aquatic invasive species boat inspection information visit: www.tahoeboatinspections.com
All kayaks and paddleboards must be self-inspected using the Clean, Drain, Dry method prior to coming to the launch.
Lake Tahoe Water Trail
Tahoe Vista Recreation Area is also a stop on the Lake Tahoe Water Trail for kayakers. Please make sure to review their website for information on the trail as well as SUP/Kayak safety.
How to Take Care of Tahoe
At a young age, we are taught to take care of the things we love. The same thing goes for the places we love. With just a little more effort, we can all help take care of this extraordinary natural treasure.
These are lands of the Washoe people
DaɁaw (Lake Tahoe) is the homeland of the waší∙šiw (Washoe people – the people from here). The waší∙šiw are the aboriginal stewards of the land in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin since the beginning of time and as a sovereign nation the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, as it is known today, continues to advocate for the protection and preservation of waší∙šiw ɁítdeɁ (the Washoe peoples homelands).
The waší∙šiw relied on the land for survival; hunting, fishing, and gathering of traditional foods and medicines within their homelands was an integral part of the wá∙šiw (Washoe) culture and through this intrinsic relationship they helped shape the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin that so many enjoy today. As colonizers arrived during the Comstock/gold rush era in mass, the wá∙šiw summer camps became prime locations for logging and cattle grazing and the waší∙šiw were no longer allowed to manage their lands as they had done for millenniums. The removal of wá∙šiw people from the land and increase in tourism to the Lake Tahoe Basin has negatively impacted an area that is not only renowned for its natural beauty and pristine waters but is now in dire need of rehabilitation.
The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California has maintained their role as environmental stewards of the Lake Tahoe Basin (despite policies that sought to eradicate them) by continuing to advocate for their homelands and to protect, respect, and take care of waší∙šiw ɁítdeɁ. As we acknowledge the Lake Tahoe Basin as the homeland of the waší∙šiw, we ask that you, as visitors to our homelands, treat this place with the same respect as those who walked before you, the waší∙šiw.
History of TVRA Investment and Enhancements
This 2.7 acre lakeshore property, with approximately 800 feet of shoreline was a collaborative effort between the North Tahoe Public Utility District, California Department of Boating and Waterways and the California Tahoe Conservancy and received the Tahoe Regional Planning Agencies’ Best of the Basin Award in 2006. The Recreation Area includes lake access recreation, a sheltered boat launching facility, picnic facilities, restroom facilities, sidewalks, and a large plaza area with interpretive signage.
The District acquired the land for Tahoe Vista Recreation Area over a period of 10 years. Phase I construction commenced in August 2004 and incorporated lakefront improvements, picnic areas, interpretive signage, street-side sidewalks, utility undergrounding, sewer force main relocation, restroom construction and stormwater collection and treatment facilities. This facility is available for use by the public and also for rental for weddings, parties and other social events as well as public events.
Phase 2 was completed in October 2012 and provides 24 vehicle with trailer pull through spaces and 42 vehicle spaces, paved walking/bike trail along National Avenue, a bus pullout and shelter, landscaping and storm water BMP’s. The 3.6-acre site located at the intersection of North Lake Boulevard (California State Route 28) and National Avenue and was acquired by the NTPUD with funds from the California Tahoe Conservancy specifically for parking. Phase 1 of the project was permitted by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency with the condition that parking would not be built on the lakeside parcel.
The Phase 2 project was 100% funded by grants of $1.432 million from the Department of Boating and Waterway, $500,000 from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and $500,000 from the Placer County Redevelopment Agency.