Kiva Picnic Area

Area Status: Open

Kiva picnic area is situated on the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe on Highway 89 approximately three miles northwest of the City of South Lake Tahoe. Nestled among native pine trees, Kiva picnic area offers a quiet beach location with a wide range of recreational activities. Kiva picnic area is a National Forest day use area operated by the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Kiva picnic area sits between the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the Tallac Historic Site. There are restrooms and picnic tables. Please note: Campfires and portable charcoal grills are not allowed on the beach.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No Wood or Charcoal Fires
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted in the picnic area, the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, and the Tallac Historic Site. Pets are not permitted in or near the Taylor Creek Marsh.
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Operated By: Located on National Forest land & operated by the United States Forest Service.

General Information

Directions: Kiva picnic area is located on the south side of Lake Tahoe, 3 miles north of the "Y" (the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 89) in South Lake Tahoe. The picnic area can be accessed by turning at the Tallac Historic Site sign off of Highway 89.

Recreation Map

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Sand Play

Beaches & Dunes, Bicycling, Hiking, Nature Viewing, Picnicking, Water Activities
Difficulty Level: Easy

Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery


Difficulty Level: Easy

Boating - Non-Motorized



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