Dog Friendly Activities in Tahoe City, CA

There are 13 dog friendly activities in Tahoe City. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Tahoe City.

Pet Friendly Truckee River Rafting
Truckee River Rafting Truckee River Rafting offers self-guided rafting trips along a peaceful 5-mile stretch of the Truckee River for you and your pup. The scenic rafting trips are appropriate for nearly all ages and athletic abilities. The rafting trip takes 2-4 hours to complete. You are welcome to bring a small cooler with snacks and beverages to enjoy on your trip. Leashed dogs up to 50 lbs are permitted. See Details
Pet Friendly Truckee River Bike Trail
Truckee River Bike Trail The Truckee River Bike Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Tahoe City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Truckee River Bike Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Tahoe City Kayak Dogs are welcome to join you as you take to the water on a Tahoe City Kayak rental. While rentals are pet-friendly, dogs are not allowed in the Tahoe City Kayak building. One dog owner will have to embark with the rental and meet their pooch and rowing partner at the public pier for pickup. Rates and hours vary by rental. Bookings can be made online. The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) from 9:30am to 5:30pm. See Details
Tahoe Cross Country Tahoe Cross Country welcomes dogs of all sizes to join you on more than 8 kilometers of ski trails. Skijoring is not allowed on the trails, but Fido can enjoy the snow alongside you as you cross country ski. Leashes are required in the parking lot and at the trailhead, but as long as your pup remains under your voice control, he can enjoy the trail leash-free. See Details
Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Rim Trail is dog-friendly. Regulations vary depending on what segment of the 165-mile long trail you are enjoying. Dogs on the trail should be kept leashed around other trail users, at trailheads, and on steep or slippery terrain. Make sure your dog is also under voice control at all times. The multi-use trail is on the banks of Lake Tahoe and has views of mountain cascades in the distance. See Details
Ward Creek Dogs are allowed on a leash at Ward Creek Park Property. This small park is located just three miles down the road from Tahoe City. You and Fido can freely wander the meadows of blooming wildflowers down to the babbling creek, but make sure you stay on the trails to maintain the area's wildlife. Access to the trails can be found at the Highway 89 bike path, or you can park at one of the trailheads off Timberland Drive. See Details
64 Acres Beach 64 Acres Beach is pet-friendly. Park up in the small parking area on the lake side and hop on the pathway that leads to a pretty picnic area. There are also toilets here for public use. Alternatively, you can take the pathway to the river's edge where canoes, kayaks and rafts can be launched. Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach at this location. See Details
Tahoe City Dog Park Tahoe City Dog Park is a small, seasonal dog park located just behind Rosies Cafe where dogs can run off-leash. It's perfect for smaller dogs or if your dogs need a quick car break. There's parking, water, available and trash receptacles are available but you need to bring your own bag. Please note the park closes for the winter after the first snow to protect the grass in the park. See Details
Skylandia State Park and Beach Skylandia State Park and Beach is pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed in the park area, but not on the beach. Skylandia Park provides bike trails, hiking trails, and picnicking. Bring your pooch to hang out, but remember to avoid the beach. Dog owners are also reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details
Tahoe State Recreation Area Tahoe State Recreation Area is a beautiful dog-friendly campground that features a lake with a fishing pier, picnic areas with benches, and a bike path. As long as Fido is on a leash under six feet, they can join you at this recreation area in Tahoe City. The campground is seasonal, so it's worth contacting them directly before you plan a trip to make sure that they are open, although they usually open up at the end of May. See Details
Lake Forest Beach This gravel beach is great for those dogs that like to lay in the sun and swim in the water. Pets are permitted only on dog-friendly beaches. Use a bag to pick up after your pet, and use a leash. Protect your pet's privilege to share the beach! The beach is open dawn to dusk. See Details
Tahoe City Winter Sports Park The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park offers a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including dogs! Enjoy a safe sledding hill away from trees and streets, cross country ski trails, and a snowshoe loop for all ages and abilities. See Details
Truckee River Raft Co. Truckee River Raft Co. loves dogs and allows them on the rafting trips. If you have more than two or very large breed dogs call them (530-583-0123) for more information. Please be aware that the River Ranch Lodge does not allow dogs on its patio. If you plan on enjoying the facilities at River Ranch, please leave your dogs at home. See Details
Kiva Beach Pets are welcome on-leash at this wonderful dog-friendly beach. East of Tallac Point, dogs are permitted on leash (an El Dorado Country ordinance). Dogs are not permitted on the federally protected wetlands west of Tallac Point (where the Lake of the Sky trail concludes).This is for the protection of wildlife in this fragile ecosystem. See Details
North Zephyr Cove Beach Great dog beach, just north of the actual Zephyr Cove Resort. If you park in the lot close to the beach you will probably have to pay but if you park across Hwy 50, it's free. Not many peple there during the week, but it gets crowded on weekends. Nice sandy beach, but the shore is rocky. You'll need water shoes to walk in the water. There is also a picnic area. See Details
Bijou Dog Park Located within Bijou Community Park, this dog park features off-leash areas for both small and large dogs. It is approximately 38,000 square feet of fun for dogs and their owners alike. A great place for socializing (both people and dogs); the dog park has grass areas, plenty of shade, benches for relaxing, pet sanitary stations, and water. See Details
Venetian Gondola Ride 'Venetian Gondola Ride' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Drew. This is Lake Tahoe's only Venetian Gondola cruise. Leashed dogs are welcome with prior approval. The experience lasts 1 hour and can accommodate up to 6 guests of all ages. Dogs and humans should realize they are on a real wooden Venetian Gondola. It is a very slow, relaxing cruise. Rates start at $90 per person. See Details
Squaw Valley Aerial Tram Squaw Valley Aerial Tram, one of Squaw Valley's most popular year-round attractions, is dog-friendly during the off-season only! When ski season comes to and end, grab your pooch and head to the aerial tram for a beautiful ride. There is a charge to ride up the mountain but, if you hike up to high camp (elevation 8200 ft) with Fido, the tram will give you both a ride down for free. The best way to hike up is the Shirley Lake Trail. It's a 3-hour hike with a rest stop at the popular dog-friendly swimming hole, Shirley Lake. The restaurant at the top of the tram also welcomes Fido at the outdoor tables. See Details
Donner Memorial State Park Donner Memorial State Park is one of the most pet-friendly state parks in California. Located in Sierra Nevada, you and Fido will discover camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking at this state park. Although pets aren't allowed on all of the trails, like most state parks in California, they are permitted to join you in the water, on paved roads, and in camping and picnic areas. Keep an eye out for the dog entrance signs for an easy access to the lake for you and Fido. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Truckee River Regional Park Located 1/2 mile south of downtown on Highway 267, this park offers 62 acres of nature trails and picnic areas. Leashed dogs welcome. See Details
Northstar at Tahoe During the summer months until September, Northstar offers free lift rides for hiking and allows leashed dogs on the gondolas as well. It is beautiful and a wonderful family adventure. The village is very dog friendly, too. See Details
Bijou Park The Bijou park in South Lake Tahoe has tons of facilities, but also includes a free, fenced-in dog park where your pet can play off-leash. See Details
Olympic Village Very pet friendly area. There are water bowls scattered throughout the shopping area and several pet friendly restaurants. See Details
Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Sand Harbor is a pet-friendly recreation area at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Located on the eastern shore of the lake, this area is made up of gently sloping beaches, crystal-clear water, and interesting rock formations. Lots of people enjoy swimming, scuba diving, and generally exploring the water. Pets are allowed during the off-season from mid-October to mid-April and must be kept on a leash under six feet in length. Sand Harbor can be accessed from 8am to 1 hour after sunset. The fee for entrance to the area is $10. See Details