D.L. Bliss State Park

D.L. Bliss State Park Campers and day use visitors can enjoy swimming and kayaking in the crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe. Other activities to do include relaxing on the warm sand of Lester Beach or Calawee Cove, and hiking the Rubicon, Lighthouse and Balancing Rock Trails.
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Camping update for D.L. Bliss State Park! Thank you all for your continued cooperation and support. Also a friendly remi...
09/10/2020

Camping update for D.L. Bliss State Park! Thank you all for your continued cooperation and support.

Also a friendly reminder - if trash cans are full you MUST pack out all your trash. Please help us keep our beautiful parks free of litter.

Thank you.

Want to make some memories before summer ends? Join us for FREE educational programming for the whole family! Junior Ran...
08/25/2020

Want to make some memories before summer ends? Join us for FREE educational programming for the whole family! Junior Ranger programs, night hikes, sunset hikes and more! πŸ»πŸ¦‹πŸŒ³

Want to make some memories before summer ends? Join us for FREE educational programming for the whole family! Junior Ranger programs, night hikes, sunset hikes and more! πŸ»πŸ¦‹πŸŒ³

08/20/2020

FIRE BAN- Campfire and charcoal grills are banned at this park. Due to extreme fire danger & lack of emergency response resources.

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
08/19/2020

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Join us for free weekly programming! Guided walks, Junior Rangers, night hikes and more!

08/18/2020
Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
08/12/2020

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Looking to make some memories with your family this summer? Join us for free programs at our parks this week! We have Junior Ranger and All Ages programs including nature walks, stargazing and even a night hike! πŸ¦πŸŒΏβ­πŸŒ™

Are you ready to make some memories and enjoy free education while you're at it? Join us for our weekly interpretive pro...
07/22/2020

Are you ready to make some memories and enjoy free education while you're at it? Join us for our weekly interpretive programs 7/23-7/28! We have learning opportunities for Junior Rangers and visitors of all ages! Most programs have a limited number of spots so be sure to arrive early. See you there! 🀩🦝🐟🌱πŸ₯Ύ

Calling all Junior Rangers! Calling visitors of all ages! Join us for FREE educational programming in our parks this wee...
07/15/2020

Calling all Junior Rangers! Calling visitors of all ages! Join us for FREE educational programming in our parks this week! Sunset hikes, night hikes, stargazing and more! Most programs have a limited number of spots so be sure to arrive early. See you there! πŸŽ‰πŸŒΏπŸ»πŸŒ²πŸ¦

Looking for summer activities your child can do at home? Just print this "Backyard Junior Ranger" packet for some park-t...
07/12/2020

Looking for summer activities your child can do at home? Just print this "Backyard Junior Ranger" packet for some park-themed worksheets and games! Animal charades, campfire songs, coloring, bingo and more. Find the 8 image files below.

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
06/27/2020

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Photos from D.L. Bliss State Park's post
06/21/2020

Photos from D.L. Bliss State Park's post

06/14/2020
Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
06/03/2020

Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Looking for a parks-related summer job in Lake Tahoe? Apply for Park Aide or Maintenance Aide now!

06/03/2020
Visit D.L. Bliss State Park at Lake Tahoe

D.L. Bliss State Park is located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. This serene California State Park contains a campground, beach, lakeside trails, visitor center, historic lighthouse and more! Watch the video for a quick overview of what you can do at D.L. Bliss State Park.

COVID-19 UPDATE: (Updated June 13, 2020) - This week, State Parks reopened a limited amount of campgrounds with modifications using this phased and regionally driven approach. State Parks is working with local health agencies across the state to determine when campgrounds may reopen and whether they can open at full or reduced capacity. At this time, 28 state park units have limited campground availability until June 21, 2020. A webpage was created for visitors to learn about the state parks allowing camping and the visitor guidelines. Visitors can go to www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping to learn about the guidelines and how to make reservations.

Additionally, State Parks also extended the annual passes to visitors who have been unable to use them during the last three months due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and its statewide impact. The department is extending annual passes for three months to those pass holders that meet the criteria. Information on the passes can be found at www.parks.ca.gov/Passes.

Current COVID-19 visitor guidelines:

Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
Stay Covered: If your county health orders require it, please be sure to wear face coverings when you cannot maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

California State Parks PORTS Distance Learning Program
05/29/2020

California State Parks PORTS Distance Learning Program

πŸŽ‰Save the date! It’s been great! We’re wrapping it up with K through 8!

πŸ‘‹ Happy Friday, parents and educators! We’re excited to release next week’s PORTS Home Learning Program schedule! You’ll notice things are looking a little different on our calendar as we wind down for the end of the semester.

πŸ—“ Next week will be the second to last week of our special home learning programs which we designed specifically to support parents and teachers working to educate young learners at home during these challenging times. We have loved seeing your students engage with our PORTS presenters across the state as they have learned about California’s natural resources and cultural heritage during the past few months! Remember to register for the programs at http://www.ports-ca.us!

🌳 As the semester wraps up, California State Parks will be shifting to offer summertime educational programming for all our Junior Rangers and #PORTSfans out there, so stay tuned for more info to come!

🌊 Also: Mark your calendars for Monday, June 8 which is World Oceans Day 2020! 🐟 We'll be kicking off our last week of programming with a full day of virtual celebrations where students will learn about the important role the ocean plays in our lives and steps we can all take to protect marine animals, their habitats, and healthy ocean ecosystems. πŸ‹ Keep an eye out for our event schedule next week! πŸ™

#distancelearning #homelearning #homeschooling #homeschool #googleclassroom #remoteclassroom #virtualfieldtrip #science #scienceteacher #history #historyteacher #socialstudies #socialstudiesteacher #teachingresources #K12 #education #WorldOceansDay #diveintoMPAs #californiaMPAs #PORTSfan #CAStateParks

05/17/2020
04/28/2020
Nature Walk at Lake Tahoe General Creek Trail!

Nature Walk at Lake Tahoe General Creek Trail!

Let's explore the accessible General Creek Trail from Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park at Lake Tahoe. What kinds of plants and animals will we find?

04/27/2020
Nature Walk at Lake Tahoe Part One!

Nature Walk at Lake Tahoe Part One!

Explore the Accessible Lakeside Interpretive Trail from Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park at Lake Tahoe. What kinds of plants and animals will we find?

04/21/2020
The Future of Lake Tahoe on Earth Day 2020

California State Parks is excited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day 🌏 with you on Facebook Live! We have a full day of virtual activities that anyone can do from comfort of their home. 🏑 Make sure to tune in on California State Parks page http://www.facebook.com/californiastateparks! #CAStateParks #EarthDay2020 #CalEarthDay50 #HowISaveThePlanet #WhyISaveThePlanet Sierra State Parks Foundation California State Parks PORTS Distance Learning Program UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center Keep Tahoe Blue Take Care Tahoe

Although we have experienced a global pandemic, let's celebrate Earth Day 2020 from our homes! You can learn about climate change in order to begin climate a...

04/21/2020
Earth Day 2020 Wrinkly Watershed Activity for Kids!

Celebrate Earth Day 2020 from your home by making a simple "wrinkly watershed" model! All you need is a spray bottle with water, a bowl, a piece of paper and a marker. Everyone lives in a watershed!

Watershed image courtesy of Stormwater Management Commission, Lake County, IL

04/12/2020

Join us on Instagram Live on Sunday 4/12 at 1pm for a science-y craft! Follow us on Instagram @castateparkstahoe

04/11/2020

Do you have a K-12 student at home who is itching for adventure? Sign up for a FREE webinar next week through the California State Parks PORTS Home Learning Programs! Just visit www.ports-ca.us to register. California State Parks PORTS Distance Learning Program #portsprogram #portsfanart

D.L. Bliss State Park
04/07/2020

D.L. Bliss State Park

Do you have a K-12 student at home? Sign them up for one of our Home Learning Programs this week! Space is limited; visi...
04/04/2020

Do you have a K-12 student at home? Sign them up for one of our Home Learning Programs this week! Space is limited; visit www.ports-ca.us to register.

03/27/2020
Winter is a great time to get out and experience how wild D.L Bliss State Park can truly be! Come enjoy a hike before th...
12/18/2019

Winter is a great time to get out and experience how wild D.L Bliss State Park can truly be! Come enjoy a hike before the snow gets too deep :) Bundle up!!

Have you hiked along the emerald and cobalt water this year? Hike the Rubicon Trail before it gets chilly.
09/10/2019

Have you hiked along the emerald and cobalt water this year? Hike the Rubicon Trail before it gets chilly.

D.L. Bliss State Park's cover photo
09/10/2019

D.L. Bliss State Park's cover photo

Have you heard of the California Children's Bill of Rights? This important philosophy states that every California child...
03/31/2019
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Have you heard of the California Children's Bill of Rights? This important philosophy states that every California child should have the opportunity to experience the following by the end of their 14th year:

-Connect with the past
-Splash in the water
-Play in a safe place
-Camp under the stars
-Explore nature
-Learn to swim
-Ride a bike
-Follow a trail
-Go boating
-Plant a seed

Did you know that your child can experience 9 out of 10 of these activities at DL Bliss State Park? Make summer camping reservations at: www.reservecalifornia.com. Hurry, before they fill up!

This time of year, the black bears in our parks are in calorie overdrive as they go through a process known as "hyperpha...
09/05/2017

This time of year, the black bears in our parks are in calorie overdrive as they go through a process known as "hyperphagia." During this time, black bears will need to consume as many as 20,000 to 24,000 calories *PER DAY* in order to store up enough fat for the coming winter months. This means bears will attempt to forage for food in human-inhabited areas like campgrounds, beaches, neighborhoods etc. in order to snag an easy meal. This might mean meeting their calorie requirement for the day, but it also means eating potentially harmful things like garbage, and making dangerous treks across streets and highways. Please, if you see a bear in the campground, make lots of noise, yell "Go Bear, Go!" and never let a bear access human food or garbage. This will teach our bears to avoid people and campgrounds, and encourage them to forage for natural bear food in the wild. #keepmewild #getoutside #inventyouradventure #castateparks

D.L. Bliss State Park's cover photo
08/23/2017

D.L. Bliss State Park's cover photo

D.L. Bliss State Park
08/23/2017

D.L. Bliss State Park

A strange weather system moved through the park this week. Hail the size of golf balls were reported in some areas! That...
08/23/2017

A strange weather system moved through the park this week. Hail the size of golf balls were reported in some areas! That's Tahoe August for you: Unpredictable! #inventyouradventure

D.L. Bliss State Park's cover photo
08/23/2017

D.L. Bliss State Park's cover photo

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9881 CA-89
South Lake Tahoe, CA
96150

General information

D.L. Bliss State Park is named for a pioneering lumberman, railroad owner, and banker from the region. The Bliss family donated 744 acres to the California State Park System in 1929. The grandeur of the park and its setting is a product of successive upheavals of the mountain-building processes that raised the Sierra Nevada. From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe. Summer Day Use: Visitors can visit the Visitor Center near the park entrance for local informaiton. The day use parking areas at the beaches and at the Rubicon trailhead are extremely popular during the summer months and are often full by mid morning. We recommend arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon for best chances of finding a parking space. When the parking lots are full, day use vehicles will not be allowed into the park and no drop-offs/pick-ups may occur. Pedestrians may walk the two mountainous miles to the beach. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset. Summer Camping: The campsite fee ($45 for Beach Camp and $35 for all others) includes one vehicle. Additional vehicles are $10 per night. The max trailer length is 15'. The max motor-home length is 18'. This is a historic campground with small roads, small campsites and small parking pads. Some campsites only allow for one vehicle and extra vehicles will need to be placed in the overflow parking area. This campground does not have hook-ups, however, there are showers and a dump station available for registered campers. There are 150 family campsites and 1 group campsite. The group site is $165 a night and available only for tent camping. For information on summer reservations go to www.reservecalifornia.com or call 800-444-PARK. Reservations may be made 6 months in advance of your arrival date. Balancing Rock Nature Trail: Balancing Rock at D.L. Bliss is notable for being "tons of granite resting precariously on a slender stone base." It has long been a natural attraction on Lake Tahoe's western shore. Visitors to the Lake Tahoe area in the late 1800's and early 1900's enjoyed being photographed next to this geological marvel. Today, the Balancing Rock is the feature attraction of a short, half mile self-guided nature trail in the northwest section of D.L. Bliss State Park. The granite of this large rock began weathering more rapidly at the joint plane, an extensive horizontal crack that is easily seen at its "waist." The overlying rock weighs around 130 tons and is now balanced on the rock below. This precarious remnant of granite rock will eventually fall when enough material has eroded away to break the equilibrium between the two pedestals.

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About D.L. Bliss State Park

Campers and day use visitors enjoy swimming or scuba diving in the crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe, picnicking, relaxing on the warm sand of Lester Beach or Calawee Cove, and hiking the Rubicon Trail, Lighthouse Trail, and Balancing Rock Trail. Lester Beach is a popular location to launch your kayak, paddleboard, or canoe, but keep in mind that trailers are not allowed in the day use parking lots. Please check weather and wind conditions before venturing out on the lake. The grandeur of the parks and their setting is a product of successive upheavals of the mountain-building processes that raised the Sierra Nevada. From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe.

The park is named for a pioneering lumberman, railroad owner, and banker of the region. The D.L. Bliss family donated 744 acres to the State Park system in 1929.

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