Hidden beach at Cove East – Local Secret

Can you keep a secret?  Neither can I……

Saturday, July 9th I was looking for a spot to enjoy the beach with the kids. The parking lots at El Dorado Beach were full by 10:30. Pope Beach was turning away cars at 11 am. Of course everyone wants to hang at the beach on a Saturday in the middle of July. So, where to go…

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Cove East is a hidden cove and South Lake Tahoe beach in the Tahoe Keys neighborhood. Cove East is a California Conservancy restoration project area with habitats galore. Bring your little scientist, bird watcher, and botanist. The hiking path into the cove meanders through meadows filled with wildflowers and a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.

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The beach is adjacent to the mouth of the marina and deep water inlet of Lake Tahoe. Because of the low water levels, the water does not meet the beach. However, there are many connected sand bars that you can picnic along and play in the water. There is ample room to spread out and enjoy time with your friends and family.

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The Cove East hidden South Lake Tahoe beach is found at the end of a lovely, flat, wide trail that is about 1/3 mile long. The Cove East trail is perfect for strollers, bicycles with training wheels, and even electric wheel chairs. Dogs are welcome on a leash. There is no drinking water, picnic tables, BBQ pits or bathrooms provided. So use the restroom before you head down the path, and pack in some water and treats. There are dog waste disposal stations.

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In spite of its hidden reputation, Cove East is quite easy to locate. From highway 50, take Tahoe Keys Boulevard. Take a right at Venice Boulevard. Follow Venice Boulevard to the end. At the end of the cul-de-sac you will see the Tahoe Keys Yacht Club on the left and the Cove East trail on the right. Park somewhere along Venice Boulevard. Enjoy one of our local secrets – Cove East.

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6 thoughts on “Hidden beach at Cove East – Local Secret”

  1. This place looks incredible! My in-laws own a cabin in South Lake Tahoe which we use whenever we visit. Is fishing possible and allowed at this location? My four year old keeps begging to go, and we are going to try to head up this summer. This looks like a beautiful place to spend the day!

    1. Yes, you and your son can go fishing in Lake Tahoe! Individuals 16 and older need a fishing license. You are allowed to catch 5 trout per day in the streams and lakes of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

      Since your son is 4 years old you may be interested in taking him to Sawmill Pond. It is a stocked fishing pond for children under 14 ONLY. Adults may watch, help and cheer but only the kids get to fish. My children have enjoyed going there over the years.

      Sawmill Pond is located 2.5 miles west of the “Y” intersection (Hwy 89, Hwy 50 and Lake Tahoe Blvd.) on the Corner of Sawmill Road and Lake Tahoe Blvd. There is plenty of parking in the lot off of Sawmill Road, just past the pond. There are benches and picnic tables and a vault toilet restroom.

      Have fun fishing in Lake Tahoe!

  2. Hi, you’ve found a real gem. Having kids myself, I know how frustrating it can be to go somewhere where there are a lot of people.

    Your pictures are beautiful, showing how really lovely this nature spot is. I like the best that not only is it a peaceful place, but you have access to water.

    Thank you for showing us the Cove East.

    1. One of the nice things about Lake Tahoe is that we have 72 miles of shoreline along a crystal clear fresh water lake. It is not hard to find access to water, allowing for these quiet, public beaches. Come to Lake Tahoe and check us out!

  3. Whoa! I was immediately captured by your photograph. Beautiful. I didn’t even read thoroughly and I’m not a huge beach fan, but you sure made this Lake Tahoe look like an awesome place to be. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be taking my family on vacation there next.
    I really like that I can check out the current events and live music here so I can consult your website to make plans when the time comes.

    1. Lake Tahoe is an alpine lake with many outdoor activities both on and off the lake. We have camping, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and golfing. There is paragliding, boating, fishing, swimming, waterskiing and tubing on the lake. There are also many casinos, live music concerts, live theater and loads of great food.

      I hope you bring your family here on vacation soon. You will not regret it!

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