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Baldwin Beach

We love this spot along the south shore of Lake Tahoe. It’s where Tallac Creek empties into the lake, just east of Emerald Bay.

Baldwin Beach stretches for a half mile, with breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada mountains soaring in the distance. It’s smooth and sandy, and unlike other Tahoe beaches, has almost no rocks in the water, making it great for swimming. There’s also a nice paved trail that runs through the forest nearby; it’s great for walking, running, or biking (you can rent bikes here), followed by a nice dip in the water to cool off.

And there’s a lot to do in the water, too! Baldwin Beach is ideal for summertime activities, with on-site rentals for windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, and flatboarding.

Try this: Kayak northwest toward Emerald Bay. You’ll pass Eagle Point, which is aptly named for the bald eagles that nest there. Keep your eyes peeled for these majestic birds and their massive nests atop the trees!

A few other tips: Campfires are prohibited, so don’t even think of starting one. And since there’s no shade at Baldwin Beach, bring your own and/or some good sunscreen.

Baldwin Beach (and nearby Ski Beach, where the boaters hang out) are a perfect part of your visit to Lake Tahoe.