Pope Beach

South Shore (CA)


Highway 89
Camp Richardson, CA
  • Type Parks & Beaches
  • Region South Shore (CA)
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Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe a Pleasant Destination


Features: Nestled against a backdrop of native pine trees, beautifully groomed Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe is a great family beach destination equipped with picnic tables and BBQ grills. Parking requires a nominal fee, but biking and hiking into the site is free and available during all seasons.

Why We Go: Not as crowded and raucous as nearby Zephyr Cove except on rare weekends, Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe is a great family activity for the day.

  • Value: Besides the $7 parking fee during the summer when the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service operates the beach, Pope Beach Tahoe is a free proposition. 
  • Relaxation: The wind is shielded by the trees and the trek from the parking lot is very short at Pope Beach Tahoe. Everything is set up for a relaxing day without any worries but bringing the perfect picnic basket.
  • Bring Your Own Beer: Alcoholic beverages are allowed at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe, with the exception of bottled drinks. 

Inside Knowledge: A food truck usually parks in the nearby lot serving pizza and hot dogs, while a nearby deli offers great sandwiches which you can buy to-go and take back to Pope Beach Tahoe. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Bring the Whole Family: The peaceful tranquility of Pope Beach Lake Tahoe is suitable for all ages, and ideal for family outings.
  • Do Walk to a Nearby Eatery: Several options for lunch or dinner are available within walking distance of Pope Beach Tahoe, including Beacon Bar & Grill.
  • Don't Bring Your Dog: Canines are prohibited from enjoying Pope Beach Tahoe.
  • Don't Try to Swim: The water temperature is frigid at Pope Beach South Shore Tahoe, so swimming is probably out of the question except for the bravest and most extreme swimmers.

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Pope Beach Camp Richardson CA

Pope Beach Information


8am- 4:30pm

When to Go:
Weekdays, Summer

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Important Information:
Pope Beach Tahoe is closed for the winter starting on Oct. 15 for cars, but access by bike and walking is still allowed.

Quick Facts

  • Pope Beach Tahoe parking is available for $7, or alternatively accessible by bike.
  • Pope Beach Tahoe provides complimentary BBQ stations and picnic tables.
  • Although the water is generally much too cold for swimming at Pope Beach Lake Tahoe, the picturesque views and intimate scenery are hard to beat.

Highway 89
Camp Richardson, CA
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