D.L. Bliss State Park

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
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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

08/17/2019
05/22/2019
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!

Please note portions of the Rubicon Trail will be closed this week!
10/22/2018

Please note portions of the Rubicon Trail will be closed this week!

ATTENTION! Prescribed burn will take place during October 2018 in D.L. Bliss State Park which may affect parts of the Ru...
10/20/2018

ATTENTION! Prescribed burn will take place during October 2018 in D.L. Bliss State Park which may affect parts of the Rubicon Trail.

Stop by our booth at the Truckee River Day & Fair to learn about volunteer opportunities with California State Parks!
10/08/2018

Stop by our booth at the Truckee River Day & Fair to learn about volunteer opportunities with California State Parks!

State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation Debut California’s First Underwater Trail at Emerald Bay - Join the "l...
09/15/2018

State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation Debut California’s First Underwater Trail at Emerald Bay - Join the "live dive" broadcast on Sept. 28th at 2pm by visiting the CA Dept. of Parks and Recreation's page!

Sad that summer is over? Don't worry, we're still offering free programs through the month of September! Join us at Suga...
09/05/2018

Sad that summer is over? Don't worry, we're still offering free programs through the month of September! Join us at Sugar Pine Point & DL Bliss State Parks - find the details on the calendar.

Please join us for free programs on Labor Day Weekend 8/27-9/1! Locations are listed under each program.
08/27/2018

Please join us for free programs on Labor Day Weekend 8/27-9/1! Locations are listed under each program.

Please join us for free programming 8/20-8/26... Movie Night on Friday at DL Bliss campfire center!
08/20/2018

Please join us for free programming 8/20-8/26... Movie Night on Friday at DL Bliss campfire center!

Free Programs at DL Bliss, Sugar Pine Pt and Emerald Bay State Parks from 8/16-8/20! Summer is coming to a close, don't ...
08/15/2018

Free Programs at DL Bliss, Sugar Pine Pt and Emerald Bay State Parks from 8/16-8/20! Summer is coming to a close, don't miss your chance to join us!

Join us for free programming 8/9 thru 8/15, 2018!
08/09/2018

Join us for free programming 8/9 thru 8/15, 2018!

Join us for free educational programming 8/2-8/8!
08/04/2018

Join us for free educational programming 8/2-8/8!

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

D.L. Bliss State Park
07/20/2017

D.L. Bliss State Park

Address

9881 CA-89
South Lake Tahoe, CA
96150

General information

****Day Use**** -PARK CLOSES TO VEHICLES AND CAMPING OCTOBER 6TH , 2019 - SUNSET - SUMMER: $10 fee per vehicle is due for entering the park - 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 - No drop-offs/pick-ups, though pedestrians may walk the two mountainous miles to the beach. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset. Dogs are not allowed on the beach or trails. Amplified music is only allowed with a permit. Thank you for your understanding. ****OFF-SEASON**** - During the off-season D.L. Bliss State Park closes to vehicular traffic for the season. When the park gate is closed, pedestrians may park at the Visitor's Center near highway 89 and access the park from sunrise-sunset. It is an approximately 1 mile hike from the Vistor's Center to the closest Rubicon Trailhead, and a steep 2 mile hike to the beaches. All park regulations apply during the off-season. No restrooms or water available. ****Dogs at D.L. Bliss**** - Dogs are NOT allowed on the beaches, trails, or off-trail (including the bouldering areas). Dogs on a 6' leash are allowed in the campgound and picnic areas, as well as on paved roads. Dogs may not be left unattended. Dog regulations are strictly enforced YEAR-ROUND. Please do not leave your dog in a vehicle and plan accordingly. Here are some boarding options if you are away from home. ****Campground**** - D. L. Bliss Campground closes October 6th for the 2019 Season - 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 motorhome 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 balancing rock overflow parking area. This campground does not have hook-ups, however, there are showers and a dump station available for registered campers. - In the summer, D.L. Bliss campground offers 150 family campsites and 1 group campsite. The group site is $165 a night and available only for tent camping. For information on 2019 summer reservations, click on the "Reservations" link above, or go to reservecalifornia.com or call 800-444-PARK - Reservations may be made 6 months in advance of your arrival date. - Quiet Hours 10pm - 6am Check In - 2 pm - Generator Hours 10am - 8pm Check Out - Noon - 2 Vehicles allowed per campsite - Children must have helmets for bicycles/scooters/skateboards - 8 people allowed per campsite - Dogs must be leashed and never unattended - Vehicles must be parked on pavement - Amplified music is only allowed with a permit - Food must be stored DAY and NIGHT - All CA vehicle regulations apply - no passengers in truckbeds Food Storage Locker Information - Important and required: -All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers except when food is being prepared or eaten. Black bears are currently very active at D.L. Bliss! Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. Ice chests may NOT be stored in vehicles and shall be stored in food storage lockers. The inside dimensions of the food lockers 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violations will be cited. Food, beverages, ice chests, and trash must be stored in food lockers during NIGHT and DAY hours. ****Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing**** Summer temperatures range from about 75-80 degrees F during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to lows in the teens and 20s; Winter temperatures may dip below 0 degrees F. High Sierra weather is varied and can change abruptly. It is recommended to bring layered clothing and check weather updates. Weather forecast is available at NOAA. Chains and/ or 4 wheel drive are frequently required during the winter season. For up to date road conditions, call the Caltrans road hotline at 1800-427-ROAD, or visit the Caltrans website. D.L. Bliss State Park is located off of Highway 89. ****Balancing Rock Nature Trail**** The Balancing Rock, "tons of granite resting precariously on a slender stone base", The Balancing Rock at D.L. Blisshas 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. ****About the 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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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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