Pope Beach, a part of the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, is a wonderful place to spend the day with or without kids. The $10 (subject to change) per vehicle fee and pet prohibition keep some folks away, so it tends to not be as crowded as some other Tahoe beaches. Visitors can make use of picnic tables and restrooms are available. Although there are beautiful pines, Pope Beach is not overrun by them, and there are plenty of stretches of sand for picnics, sandcastles and relaxation. Pope Beach is a great destination beach for hikers and bikers, and visitors without cars can avoid the fee. The summer season brings food concessions and paddleboard and kayak rentals. Campfires and charcoal are not allowed at Pope Beach, but you may have a gas stove with a valid, California Campfire Permit obtainable online.
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