Access to Popular State Park and Beach on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore is Now Closed Until Further Notice

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Sand Harbor area in Lake Tahoe, NV. Credit: hannu & hanelle

Foot traffic to a portion of the Sand Harbor East Shore Trail is set to close to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Access to one of Lake Tahoe’s most popular state parks is closed from today, May 8th, to prevent overcrowding as warm weather descends on the area.

The Tahoe East Shore Trail between Memorial Point and Sand Harbor will be closed until further notice. However, Sand Harbor State Park and the Tunnel Creek to Memorial Point segment of the Tahoe East Shore Trail remain open at this time.

“We are working to keep our parks open, provided we are able to do so safely, in a manner that protects the public and our staff, and will continue to take steps as necessary to ensure that social distancing requirements are met.”

– Press Release from Nevada State Parks

The precaution is being taken to protect the health and safety of state park visitors and staff. Parking along State Route 28 near Sand Harbor, as well as walk-ins, are not allowed. Nevada Highway Patrol wrote 67 citations in two hours for illegally parked cars on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore last week as the unseasonably warm weather brought the crowds out of self-isolation and to the Lake.

The visitor center and gift shop, boat ramp, and restaurant are all currently closed for the season, with no re-opening dates set.

Nevada has had 5,766 confirmed coronavirus cases and 293 deaths.

Sand Harbor on Lake Tahoe’s east shore

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