Lake Tahoe – Nevada State Park

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Lake Tahoe–Nevada State Park
Nevada State Park
Old cabin, Marlette Lake Trail.jpg
Old cabin, Marlette Lake trail
Country  United States
State  Nevada
Counties Washoe, Douglas
City and village Carson City, Incline Village
Elevation 7,874 ft (2,400 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°10′17″N 119°53′33″W / 39.17139°N 119.89250°W / 39.17139; -119.89250Coordinates: 39°10′17″N 119°53′33″W / 39.17139°N 119.89250°W / 39.17139; -119.89250 [1]
Area 14,301 acres (5,787 ha)
Established 1963
Management Nevada Division of State Parks
Location in Nevada
Website: Sand Harbor: Lake Tahoe–Nevada State Park

Lake Tahoe – Nevada State Park is a state park of Nevada, United States, on the northeast shores of Lake Tahoe. The park comprises six management units which total 14,301 acres (5,787 ha).[2] The park is in the Western Nevada Region of Nevada State Parks. It includes the Marlette Lake Water System which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.


Main beach at Sand Harbor on a summer day.

Sand Harbor[edit]

Sand Harbor features a large sandy beach on Lake Tahoe's eastern shore. It is also the location of the outdoor Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Bouldering, picnicking, the Sand Point nature trail, a boat launch and the Lake Tahoe–Nevada State Park visitor center are all located here.[3][4]

Spooner Lake[edit]

Spooner Lake is located near the intersection of U.S. Route 50 and State Route 28 at "Spooner Summit." Spooner Lake is popular for picnicking, fishing, and viewing wildlife and wildflowers. The site is also the primary starting point for the Marlette/Hobart Backcountry trails as well as the main vehicle entrance to both areas. Snow Valley Peak may be reached by hiking along North Canyon Creek from Spooner Lake north almost to Marlett Lake and then east to the summit.

Marlette Lake

Marlette/Hobart Backcountry[edit]

Miles of hiking and biking trails cover the Marlette/Hobart Backcountry's 13,000 acres (53 km2) in the Carson Range. Among the most popular trails is the Flume Trail, which offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. The area also features a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail. Marlette Lake and the Hobart Reservoir are popular destinations. These lakes were created to feed the Marlette Lake Water System during the earlier mining and logging industry of the area. Remnants of abandoned mills can still be seen in areas of the park. No vehicle access is permitted in the backcountry. Pedestrian access is gained through the Spooner Lake trail head, the Tahoe Rim Trail, and various other trails starting in Carson City and Incline Village. Two rustic cabins and several backpacking campsites provide overnight amenities.

Cave Rock[edit]

Cave Rock Tunnel

Cave Rock is a small day-use area along U.S. 50. The site features a boat launch, picnic areas and a small sandy beach. The site is located beneath Cave Rock and the Cave Rock Tunnel.[5]

Hidden Beach[edit]

A secluded sandy beach along Nevada State Route 28 just south of Incline Village. Hiking trails provide shore access at multiple points along the lake.[5]

Memorial Point[edit]

A roadside park along Nevada State Route 28 between Sand Harbor and Incline Village.[5] Information kiosks provide information about cultural and natural history of Lake Tahoe. Hiking trails connect Memorial Point to Sand Harbor.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Lake Tahoe State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Resource Management Plan" (PDF). Nevada Division of State Parks. July 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 10, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Sand Harbor". Nevada State Parks. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sand Harbor: Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Brochure" (PDF). Nevada Division of State Parks. September 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Chapter 5: Inventory" (PDF). Nevada 2005 State Recreational Trails Plan. Nevada Division of State Parks, Planning and Development Section. pp. 79–84. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 

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