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D. L. Bliss State Park

Contact Information

(530) 525-7277

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 15 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 18 Feet

Park Hours

Day Use Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Driving Directions to D. L. Bliss SP

The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Due to extreme drought and low water at the park's water source, showers, sinks, and some spigots are shut off for the season.  We currently have potable water and flush toilets located at each camping loop.  THESE AMENITIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED UPON CHANGING CONDITIONS.


Dogs on a 6' leash are allowed in the campgound and picnic areas, as well as on paved roads. Dogs may not  be left unattended.  Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach or on any trails. Dog regulations are enforced YEAR-ROUND.

The campground is currently open on a first come first served basis.  When the entrance station is unstaffed, payment by cash or check is due by self-registration IMMEDIATELY after occupying a campsite.  The campground will close for the season on September 27th.  All campers will have to vacate their site by noon on the 27th.  The Ed Z' Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park campground, located 7 miles to the north, is open year-round.

In the summer, D.L. Bliss campground offers 150 family campsites and 1 group campsite. For information on 2015 summer reservations, go to or call 800-444-PARK. The campsite fee ($45 for Beach Camp and $35 for all others) includes one vehicle. Additional vehicels are $10 per night.

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. A fee is due for entering the park.  No drop-offs are allowed. Day use hours are sunrise to sunset. Thank you for your understanding.

Food Storage Locker Information
Black bears are currently very active at D.L. Bliss!
  Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers except when food is being prepared or eaten.  Ice chests may NOT be stored in vehicles. The inside dimensions of the food lockers 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited

About the Park

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.

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.

Location - Directions

The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay.

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

Summer temperatures range from about 75-80 degrees F during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to lows in the teens and 20s; Winter temperatures may dip below 0 degrees F.

Off-season access
Due to unseasonably mild weather, the beach camp loop (sites 141-165) will remain open into October, weather permitting.  We anticipate that the beach camp sites may remain open first come, first served at least through Sunday October 11th,depending on the weather forecast.  The day use area of the park is also currently open, but is also subject to closure in October at anytime due to weather.  Please call ahead to confirm.  The campground and day use are closed to vehicle traffic during the winter. Visitors may walk in from the highway, but there are no restrooms or facilities available.

Balancing Rock Nature Trail

The Balancing Rock, "tons of granite resting precariously on a slender stone base", 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.

Visitors can pick up a brochure at the start of the trail that describes 19 numbered markers, where you can stop and learn about the relationships between the soils, plants, and animals found in the park.

Available Activities and Facilities at D. L. Bliss State Park

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available