Majestic Emerald Bay is just a small part of this beautiful and pristine State Park covering 1,830 acres of the Sierra Nevada ... More
D.L. Bliss State Park
Majestic Emerald Bay is just a small part of this beautiful and pristine State Park covering 1,830 acres of the Sierra Nevada mountains. You will find six miles of both rocky and sandy beaches on the magnificent shoreline of Lake Tahoe . Also available to visitors are picnic areas, camping and miles of hiking trails. Enjoy nature and see the beautiful variety of trees and plants that are indigenous to the Lake Tahoe area. Along with the Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines, red and white fir, cedar, junipers and cottonwood, the park is brimming with gnarled and stunted sugar pines that grow in thin granite soil. Take a stroll along the Balancing Rock nature trail and see a 130-ton rock that balances precariously on a slender stone base. This has been a favorite attraction since the late 1800s. It's a short and easy half-mile, self-guided walk that shouldn't be missed. Plan on spending the entire day, because once you get here, you won't want to leave.
After reading the great review (10) in the Ca. Camping book, I thought this would be the place for us. Boy was I wrong! I guess I'm spoiled when it comes to camping. I like nature, peace and quiet and space. At D.L. Bliss campground, you get none of this. I felt like we were camping in a parking lot. The noise at night was insane. It didn't help that at 6:30am a car was cruising the parking lot with hip-hop blaring. We even had one of the coveted beach front campsites. Was this the problem? Even the ones up in the hills seemed to be packed in too tight. Lester beach is open to the public so it was very crowded. Dogs are pretty much out of the question. They aren't allowed on any of the trails or the beach. The bathrooms were extremely dirty. The sinks as well as many of the toilets were clogged. The clincher for me was you cannot wash dishes at the sinks by the bathrooms. I guess they expect you to wash dishes at the nearest water spout with cold water?? We will never ever go back to D.L. Bliss State Park. I am greatful they are giving me a refund for checking out early.
D.L. Bliss campground in South Lake Tahoe CA is an awesome location. No road noise, close to the lake, majestic hiking trails within minutes of the campground (and in the campground / state park). The campgrounds are so beautiful with huge pine trees, perfect camp sites, excellent bathroom / shower facilities, large bear proof lockers, great fire rings and picnic tables. The beach is awesome with nice granular sand, big boulders, very quiet (great place to pray and read the bible early in the morning). The ranger taking care of the facilities was a great tour guide. Campsites are not too close to each other but close enough to be friendly if you choose. The price / value is soooooo much better than a hotel. I brought my 5 year old son and he had a blast! We didn't see or hear of any bears. The Tahoe locals said they are not aggressive and haven't heard of any incidents where they have hurt people.
Dislikes: Absolutely nothing! It got chilly at night so prepare for warm and cold weather.
Before going to sleep, we dutifully locked our food in the bear box. Our tent was some distance back from the box. The next morning *everything*, our cooler, what remained of our food, was on the ground: no food left. No noise either...
After some talking with the locals and a California State Parks employee, they have plans to replace the bear boxes. Oh yeah? No one told us that. The boxes do not currently have a chain system in place. Just a handle similar to a car door that you pull towards you. It does have to be in the exact right position before it will open. If the bears are this smart, perhaps they deserve the food?
If you have plans to go there this summer, carry a coathanger (or some wire) with you and rig the thing shut before going to bed. Other than this nuisance, the park is great.
Do not leave anything in your car, including tooth paster.
As this is so popular, it is best to book this WELL in advance--about six months. And, on a beautiful weekend, like the one I went on, it can get VERY crowded and campsites/parking lots close early; even for daytime spectators. Other than that, the views are spectacular...not too far from civilization, but far enough to feel like you got away from it all.
I have been camping @ DL Bliss since I was 4 months old, now 52 yrs. old, 3rd generation now teaching my grandchildren to camp. We have loved meeting here with many family members over the last 75+ yrs and will continue for many more years enjoying the Lake Tahoe area.
We've have been taking our family to D.L. Bliss State park for years. It's clean. Has a great beach, great rest rooms, with coin-op showers & electrical outlets and the sites are well maintained. The only thing I/we don't like about D.L. Bliss and camping in the Tahoe area is the "meatbees". These little peskie bee like Yellow Jackets seem to like meat and open soda containers. They tend to hover and can be annoying around meals or at the beach while enjoying snacks. There are traps available that can be bought at hardware stores etc. These meat bees have never stopped us from going back and only diminish the camping experience slightly.
We've been camping several years at different places and found DL Bliss to be very nice. We got 3 sites which were very spacious, long as you don't mind sharing w/the chipmunks living underground who boldly search for food. Bears are a real problem. Signs posted everywhere $1000 fine if you leave food out or in your car. We had a very large bear come to our campfire as we sat around after dinner, sniffing in our garbage bag until one of the dads yelled, "hey" and it went away. We awoke on our last morning to find 2 cars up the road were vandalized by bear(s). Both had food in the car. One left the door unlocked & the bear opened it, left pawprints interiorly, chewed the cooler & ate the food. The 2nd car's camper was broken into for food. The owner (a hunter) saw the bear & said it looked about 500 lbs.
DL Bliss beach was beautiful, the sand very rocky. A strip of it is separated so the boaters don't get near you while swimming. The water is very clear, cold and drops to about 10 ft deep. We're looking forward to coming back to this campsite next yr.
The Rubicon Trail is excellent but I would say the hike is more moderate than easy. However, it holds some beautiful views of the lake via Rubicon Point. If you choose to take the hike between Rubicon Point and the Castle be very aware of how you would like to get back. I would recommend maybe parking some bikes at one point and riding back to your car.
Make sure you arrive early to set up camp.. Bear activity starts as early as 7:00pm. DO NOT LEAVE ANY FOOD OUTSIDE OF BEAR LOCKERS!!
Do not leave food in truck! (not even in a camper shell), They WILL find it...
Also be Cortious to other campers. Quiet time is at 10pm. No generators after 8pm. So if you need to set camp up, arrive before dark...(Unlike the people that come in from OAKLAND....)
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