Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Kings Beach State Park which includes landscape views and a park

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

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This charming town offers the perfect combination of lakeside fun and relaxation.

Kings Beach is one of the most popular summer lakeside hubs along Lake Tahoe. The shore is lined with towering ponderosa pines, and the clear water is safe for swimming and easily accessible by boat. The town offers a variety of dining options and entertainment within walking distance.

About 3,800 people call Kings Beach home, but many more flock here every summer for a lakeside holiday. The area has an interesting history: it was named after Joe King, who won the town site during a poker game from the wealthy playboy George Whittell in the 1930s. Previously, the town had been called by several other names, including Lake Bilger.

The beach has a children’s playground, a pier, volleyball nets, a barbecue area and shallow water for swimming — if you don’t mind cold water. There are plenty of outdoor entertainment options for the entire family. Rent a Jet Ski, kayak, or paddle boat to explore the lake. Get a bird’s eye view while parasailing. For breakfast on the beach, buy sandwiches or donuts from the local bakery and grab a takeaway coffee near the lake.

After a morning in the sun, browse the shops at Kings Beach Plaza, relax at one of the town’s charming cafés, or have microbrew with lunch on a terrace with a view over Lake Tahoe.

For family fun, visit the vintage miniature golf course or the movie theater. Book a fishing trip on the lake in summer and try to catch a trout. In the winter, you can join a guided snowmobiling tour. At night when the recreational area closes, head into town to dine on Italian, Mexican or all-American food in one of the many restaurants.

Kings Beach is located on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe, less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Tahoe City, California, with the Nevada border about a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the east. The beach has paid parking and restrooms.

Top Hotels Close to Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Stevenson's Inn
Stevenson's Inn
2 out of 5
8742 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA, 96143
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $84 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this hotel in Kings Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions Kings ...
3.3/5 (786 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Stevenson's Inn
Crown Motel
Crown Motel
2 out of 5
8200 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA, 96143
The price is $165 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this beach motel in Kings Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.9/5 Good! (999 reviews)
"There’s renovations going on near the pool area and the exterior of the hotel is rustic. The rooms interior was fully renovated and clean. The location and panoramic beach view are unforgettable."

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Crown Motel
Tahoe Beachfront Retreat by Tahoe Mountain Properties
Tahoe Beachfront Retreat by Tahoe Mountain Properties
3.5 out of 5
8308 North Lake Bvld. #3, Kings Beach, CA, 96143
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Kings Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and babysitting services. Popular attractions Northstar California Resort and Kings ...
Tahoe Beachfront Retreat by Tahoe Mountain Properties
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Stevenson's Inn
Stevenson's Inn
2 out of 5
8742 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA, 96143
The price is $84 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stevenson's Inn
Crown Motel
Crown Motel
2 out of 5
8200 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA, 96143
The price is $165 per night from May 30 to May 31
Crown Motel
Tahoe Beachfront Retreat by Tahoe Mountain Properties
Tahoe Beachfront Retreat by Tahoe Mountain Properties
3.5 out of 5
8308 North Lake Bvld. #3, Kings Beach, CA, 96143
Tahoe Beachfront Retreat by Tahoe Mountain Properties
Newly remodeled condo on Kings Beach - walk to shops and restaurants!
Newly remodeled condo on Kings Beach - walk to shops and restaurants!
Kings Beach, CA
Newly remodeled condo on Kings Beach - walk to shops and restaurants!
The King’s Beach Retreat: Luxury Waterfront Condo
The King’s Beach Retreat: Luxury Waterfront Condo
Kings Beach, CA
The King’s Beach Retreat: Luxury Waterfront Condo
Streamside Townhome
Streamside Townhome
4 out of 5
1001 Commonwealth Drive #150, Kings Beach, CA, 96143
Streamside Townhome
All-Season Getaway | Hot Tub & Backyard | Walk 2 Blocks to Lake & Restaurants
All-Season Getaway | Hot Tub & Backyard | Walk 2 Blocks to Lake & Restaurants
Kings Beach, CA
All-Season Getaway | Hot Tub & Backyard | Walk 2 Blocks to Lake & Restaurants
Adorable Tahoe Cabin
Adorable Tahoe Cabin
Kings Beach, CA
Adorable Tahoe Cabin
Bright Family-Friendly Alpine Getaway with Private Hot Tub - Near Lake & Skiing
Bright Family-Friendly Alpine Getaway with Private Hot Tub - Near Lake & Skiing
Kings Beach, CA
The price is $481 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Bright Family-Friendly Alpine Getaway with Private Hot Tub - Near Lake & Skiing
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.