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D.L. Bliss State Park

D.L. Bliss State Park Boasts Beaches and Endless Recreation

This breathtakingly beautiful D.L. Bliss State Park is on the western shore of Lake Tahoe in California’s Sierra Nevada, just 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89 and a few miles north of Emerald Bay covers 1,830 acres. The park has a wonderful interpretive visitor center with wildlife displays (including “touch me” displays for interactive interpretation), campgrounds, beaches, and hiking trails. Popular hiking trails include the Lighthouse Trail and the Balancing Rock Nature Trail. At the north end of Bliss is Rubicon Point, where, overlooking one of the lake’s deepest spots, you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe.

D.L. Bliss State Park’s dramatic beauty is a result of the successive upheavals of the mountain-building processes that raised the Sierra Nevada centuries ago. This is evident in the large smooth boulders. Learn more about the park’s cultural and natural history here!

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 the best chances of finding a parking space. When the parking lots are full, day-use vehicles will not be allowed into the park. A fee is due for entering the park and no drop-offs are allowed. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset.

For more information, visit the Cal Parks page here.

D.L. Bliss Park Brochure 

D.L. Bliss Visitor Center (seasonal) 530-525-9530.