If you’re in the mood for an outing but don’t want to leave your floppy-eared friend behind, the South Lake Tahoe area has some wonderful pet-friendly options.
Bijou Dog Park
Located within Bijou Community Park, Bijou Dog Park is a great place for dogs and owners alike. Both large and small dogs can romp around off-leash in the fenced grassy area. It’s a perfect place to people-social and dog-socialize, with plenty of shade, benches for relaxing, pet sanitary stations and water. The Bijou Dog Park is located at 1201 Al Tahoe Blvd., and it’s open daily, closed Monday mornings from 8am to 11am for maintenance.
Tallac Historic Site
Dogs are also allowed on-leash at the Tallac Historic Site, at the beach or on the grounds, where you can check out the historic estates: Pope, Valhalla, and Baldwin. The houses are beautiful and offer a look at the lifestyles of Tahoe’s early rich and famous. Tallac also boasts concerts and fun festivals happening all summer long. Tallac Historic Site is open daily mid-June through mid-September, and is located on Hwy 89, north of Camp Richardson Resort. For more information on events, visit the Valhalla website – Valhalla Tahoe.
Another fun place where Fido can tag along is Kiva Beach. Dogs are welcome on-leash, and the beach is an excellent area for sunbathing and various water sports. One of the longest beaches in Lake Tahoe, Kiva also has restrooms and picnic tables. Kiva Beach is open daily and is located on Hwy 89 at Fallen Leaf Rd.
Echo Lakes is a great, leisurely spot to picnic and swim, and dogs are allowed on-leash. There’s even a water taxi that can take you and your dog across the lake, and an easy to moderate hiking trail. To get to Echo, from the South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south on Hwy 50 for 9.5 miles, turn right on Echo Lake Rd, and park in the upper lot at the Echo Lakes Resort. The water taxi leaves from the resort, and operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 8am to 5pm. For more information, call (530) 659-7207.