The North Shore of Lake Tahoe is home to many small communities including Dollar Point, Cedar Flat, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista, and Kings Beach. The anchor of the north shore is Tahoe City. The largest area of shopping, home to two grocery stores, a boat marina, golf course, bike trails, beaches and parks, Tahoe City is the hub. The Tahoe Commons Beach is known for its summer Farmers Market from May through September. Fresh veggies and fruits from the central valley, seafood from both the bay and the Pacific Ocean, artisan cheeses, soaps, pillows, Indian food and more can be had every Thursday from 8:30 am until 1 pm. On the 4th of July, we celebrate American with a great fireworks show shot right off the water in front of Commons Beach.
Tahoe City marks the head of the Truckee River with Lake Tahoe’s only outlet gates. In the summer, the winter snows turn into summer fun with river rafting and tubing down the Truckee River. It is about a 5-mile lazy river that can take anywhere from an hour and a half to half a day depending upon your level of hijinks and stay at “party Island” located about half way down.
Heading north from Tahoe City you will run into Dollar point. For more on this sunny, lakeside community, check out my youtube page for a video on all this subdivision has to offer.Becky Arnold Real Estate Youtube There you will find Cedar Flat and Agate Bay. In contrast to its name, Cedar Flat is best known for its hilly terrain and proximity to National Forest Trails. A recent spur off the paved bike path system, this is home to one of the newest bike paths with careening turns around some Old Growth trees and towering pines. Carnelian Bay boasts the ever-popular Garwoods Restaurant. Garwoods hosts the annual polar bear plunge at our winter snow carnival, Snowfest, and offers their signature rum drink, the Wet Woody year-round. Great drinks and food, but be sure to bring a DD if you want to really enjoy Wet Woody Wednesday! In Carnelian Bay you also have Cb’s Pizza, Dog Beach, Sierra Boat Marina with some of the most beautiful antique wood boats on the lake, and Waterman’s Landing. If you love to Stand up Paddleboard or want to learn how don’t miss Waterman’s Landing. With classes, sales, races, and events, you will catch the stoke these owners have for the sport!
For more on nearby Agate Bay subdivision, home to the Sun Club pier, pool, and tennis courts, please check out my Youtube Channel Agate Bay Neighborhood for more.
Moving north you will wind into the Tahoe Vista and Kings Beach areas. The North Tahoe Regional Park offers plenty of softball and baseball fields for games and winter sledding and snowmobile rentals too. Sandy Beach is a public beach with great exposure to take advantage of both powdery sand but long sunny summer days. Another 9 hole golf course at Brockway offers greens and a driving range to enjoy. Considered the hub of the north shore, Kings Beach is located at the junction of HWY 28 and 267. It is about the same distance to Truckee as Tahoe City, but you will find Northstar Ski Area along the way off Highway 267. Kings Beach, however, has the largest grocery store in the area, and a large sandy beach that frequently hosts arts and crafts festivals and adventure races. There are a few companies that offer paddle board, jets ski, and parasailing along the beach. Plenty of restaurants and some funky shops along the corridor provide more places to explore. The north shore’s casinos are just a mile or so up the road too. Crystal Bay Club always has a great music lineup and there are two other casinos nearby too.