Pope Beach

Immediately to the west of the Tahoe Keys residential development of South Lake Tahoe, Pope Beach is an attractive area of lakeshore lined with mature trees. Its narrow ribbon of golden sand is still wide enough to ensure there’s plenty of space for everyone who visits.

Mountain vistas provide a pleasant backdrop to time on Pope Beach, which can be spent swimming, boating or cycling. Roughly a kilometre in length, the water is relatively shallow, and waves at a minimum because of protection from the surrounding trees.

Public restrooms are situated at both ends of the beach, and a couple of places to eat and drink can be found within Camp Richardson Beach Resort. A food truck also tends to park nearby during the high season. Kayaks are also available to rent onsite.

No dogs are permitted on Pope Beach. Parking is available for a fee of around $7, with charges helping to support the continued running of the national forestry land on which the beach is located.

Nearest town/city

Lake Tahoe


Dog ban in force


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