Three miles south of Incline Village on State Highway 28, Sand Harbor has a variety of natural features that you can spend an entire day exploring. You can hike several trails down the shoreline or off into the woods. You can rock-hop, scrambling across the giant boulders that extend out into the lake. You can rent a kayak or standup paddleboard to float down to the Thunderbird Lodge. You can don a mask and snorkel to explore what lies beneath the lake’s surface. Or you may just want to find a sunny spot on the fine-grained sand to lie back and explore the inside of your eyelids.
Sand Harbor has a double ramp boat launch, open when the lake level is high enough. Refreshments are provided at the Sand Harbor Bar & Grill with outdoor seating on a large, shady deck. Picnic areas are set back from the beach in shady forested areas and come equipped with barbecues and picnic tables. Sand Harbor also has a secluded group picnic area with its own parking, separate beach area and a ramada with a fire pit and barbecue. It can accommodate groups of up to 100 people and is a popular spot for family picnics and picturesque weddings. The visitor center and gift shop has regional information and displays of Tahoe’s natural and cultural history. There is a fee for parking and it fills up fast in the summer, so try to arrive early to get a spot. Pets are not allowed.