Tahoe Things to Do: Swimming

Here’s an oft-asked question: Can you swim in Lake Tahoe? The answer is yes, especially if cool/cold water is your thing! And, if you look at all the water sports outfitters and popular beaches in the area, it’s clear that it’s absolutely a preferred thing to do in Tahoe for a lot of people. Summer/early fall temperatures for Big Blue reach around mid- to upper 60s – invigorating, right? And there are other places to enjoy Lake Tahoe swimming such as Donner Lake, Fallen Leaf Lake, Spooner Lake and the Truckee River. These waters are also popular for water skiing, Jet Skiing, tubing, boating, diving, SUPing, paddleboating, kayaking and more, with rentals available for all of it. If you’d rather do your Lake Tahoe swimming in man-made structure – aka, pools – you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of them, even one that’s a tram-ride to the top of a mountain! Recreation centers in the area offer passes to visitors so they, too, can make use of the exceptional workout equipment, competition-size pools, classes and activities. Of course, all the resorts offer pools, outdoor and indoor for year-round Lake Tahoe swimming.

Camp Richardson

Lake Tahoe Swimming
1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-1801

For more than a century, the Camp Richardson location has been a place for people to escape from hectic urban life and rejuvenate their spirits in the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. Operated today under a U.S. Forest Service special use permit (except for the marina, which is privately owned), the Camp Rich resort honors its storied history and continues to provide a vacation getaway... read more

For more than a century, the Camp Richardson location has been a place for people... read more

D.L. Bliss State Park

Lake Tahoe Swimming
CA Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 525-7277

DL Bliss State Park is a culmination of absolute Tahoe beauty in the form of stunning turquoise water, old-growth forests and giant cartoon-like granite boulders that balance themselves like toys in amazing ways. There are multiple hiking trails that lead from the park, giving plenty of opportunity to enjoy the splendor that outdoor Tahoe has to offer, and you'll find several good dive spots here... read more

DL Bliss State Park is a culmination of absolute Tahoe beauty in the form of... read more

Donner Memorial State Park

Lake Tahoe Swimming
12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7892

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner Memorial State Park the perfect place for either a visit or an extended stay. The Donner name may not ring a bell for those who didn’t excel in their Western United States history class, but throw in the word “cannibalism” and the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated... read more

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner... read more

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Lake Tahoe Swimming
CA State Park Road, Tahoma, CA
(530) 525-7982

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also open with a larger selection of sites in the summer, the park is positioned to take advantage of both the beautiful natural setting of Lake Tahoe and the historic aspects. Within the park is access to the Hellman-Ehrmann Mansion that was built in 1905. The property is still exquisitely maintained... read more

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also... read more

Emerald Bay State Park

Lake Tahoe Swimming
11001 CA Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-3030

If visiting Lake Tahoe in the summer, a great place to camp is Emerald Bay State Park. The park includes two campgrounds: the Boat-In Camp (accessible by boat and foot only) and Eagle Point Campground. Within the park are various treasures including Tahoe's hidden castle, Vikingsholm, the scenic Rubicon foot trail that connects Eagle Point Campground with Vikingsholm and DL Bliss State Park. The park... read more

If visiting Lake Tahoe in the summer, a great place to camp is Emerald Bay... read more

Incline Village Recreation Center

Lake Tahoe Swimming
980 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-1300

The 37,000-square-foot Incline Village Recreation Center has fitness classes and activities for people of all ages, from babies to seniors. You can drop in for the day or get a membership by the week, month or year for yourself or your family. If you want to work out, you’ll find a cardiovascular room and strength area decked out with the latest equipment. The 25-yard, indoor... read more

The 37,000-square-foot Incline Village Recreation Center has fitness classes and activities for people of all... read more

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Lake Tahoe Swimming
Bear Street and CA Highway 28, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 583-3074

With its easy location in the center of town, Kings Beach State Recreation Area makes enjoying the sandy shoreline of Lake Tahoe simple. The park itself is free and offers day use of a few miles of sandy beach, public bathrooms, a children's play area and barbecue grills. There are boat, Jet Ski and paddleboard rentals available as well. Parking costs $10 for both cars and... read more

With its easy location in the center of town, Kings Beach State Recreation Area makes enjoying... read more

Round Hill Pines Beach Resort

Lake Tahoe Swimming
300 U.S. Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV
(775) 588-3055

Round Pines is a great beach for those who like a lot going on but also like a beach that is tucked away. Not only does it have a deli and a bar, but it also has a wonderful selection of available water-activity rentals, including boats, Jet Skis, kayaks, paddleboards and pedal boats. Visitors can also choose to go parasailing, play volleyball, swim in the... read more

Round Pines is a great beach for those who like a lot going on but... read more

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District

Lake Tahoe Swimming
8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Take a look around and it’s clear that Truckee is a special town: history, mountains, lakes, river and forests. But there are many hidden gems known mostly to locals. The thing is, those gems are kept shining by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Some of the amenities and facilities managed by the district are accessible for free,... read more

Take a look around and it’s clear that Truckee is a special town: history, mountains,... read more

West End Beach of Donner Lake

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
Lake Tahoe Swimming
15962 South Shore Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Lake Tahoe, 15 minutes away, gets all the attention, but Truckee has a gem of its own: Donner Lake. While not as big and broad as Big Blue, Donner Lake offers up a good bit of watery fun too. One of the best places to access Donner is West End Beach. In summer months, there is a modest admission fee to enter the 10-acre west... read more

Lake Tahoe, 15 minutes away, gets all the attention, but Truckee has a gem of... read more