Two miles south of Tahoe City, William Kent Beach is a free, public, pebbly beach sandwiched between the water of Lake Tahoe and Highway 89. This beach strand is connected to the William Kent Campground. William Kent Beach and Campground are located on National Forest land managed by the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. An excellent beach for swimming and lounging, it is also good for launching kayaks and paddleboards. The beach also parallels the bike path, making it a nice place to do a one-two of biking into swimming with the car only a few steps away. There are grills, picnic tables and public bathrooms for visitor use. The Forest Service requires the use of portable gas grills instead of charcoal. This reduces the risk of fires from hot coals and helps keep the beaches clean from ashes. Campfires and charcoal are allowed within the metal fire rings in the campground. Campfires and portable charcoal grills are never allowed on Tahoe beaches.
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