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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.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
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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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.