Pet Pals | Cool spots for hot dogs!
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; We get so many calls from our wonderful doggie owners, asking where they can take their four-legged family members for a cooling dip on a hot day, that I thought Iandamp;#8217;d share this list of dog friendly Tahoe swim spots! Please remember to put your pooch in his life vest if youandamp;#8217;re taking him boating! Take some plastic poop bags, and remember to pack out everything you brought in with you andamp;#8230; we all need to work together to Keep Tahoe Blue!Dogs at Lake TahoeThe Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) manages about 75 percent of the land within the Lake Tahoe Basin, so if you want to take your dog hiking, camping, or snowshoeing, chances are you will end up on National Forest System lands. Your well-behaved, leashed dog is welcome almost anywhere within the LTBMU, with the notable exceptions of designated swimming beaches and areas that are restricted for wildlife protection. While your dog is not allowed on any designated swimming beaches which include Nevada, Pope, Baldwin, Meeks Bay, and William Kent Beaches, there are still plenty of places for both of you to enjoy the water. Dogs are allowed at the Tallac Historic Site from Valhalla Pier to Tallac Point (where the Lake of the Sky Trail meets the lakefront) in South Lake Tahoe, North Beach at Zephyr Cove Resort, Hidden and Chimney Beaches on the east shore, Coon Street Beach in Kings Beach, Ski Beach in Incline Village (from October to April only), and Echo Lakes. Also, the lakes and streams in Desolation Wilderness are another good option. North Lake TahoeCoon Street Boat Launch andamp; Beach in Kingandamp;#8217;s Beach The Coon Street Beach is (facing the lake) to the left of the boat launch ramp. This is also the site of the only public dog beach on the North Shore. Visit http://www.aboutlaketahoe.com/beaches/kings_beach.htm.South Lake Tahoe: Echo Lakes Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach. There is a water taxi that can take you and your dog across the lake. From the South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south on Highway 50 for 9.6 miles and turn right on Echo Lake Road. Park in the upper lot at The Echo Lakes Resort. Visit http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23070.South Lake Tahoe: Kiva Beach Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Highway 89 for 2.5 miles to Kiva Beach. Visit http://www.aboutlaketahoe.com/beaches/kiva_beach.htm. South Lake Tahoe: Tallac Historic Site Dogs on a leash are allowed at the Tallac Historic Site from Valhalla Pier to Tallac Point (where the Lake of the Sky Trail meets the lakefront) in South Lake Tahoe. Dogs are not permitted in or near the Taylor Creek Marsh. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Highway 50 for 3 miles and turn right at the sign for the Tallac Historic Site. andamp;#8212; Dr. Bree Montana is the co-owner of DogGoneCrazy and the Agate Bay Animal Hospital. Visit her online at http://www.AgateBayAnimalHospital.com or give her a call at 530-546-7522.
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