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Lake Tahoe Sights

D.L. Bliss State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Updated 02/25/2014

Fodor's Review

This park takes its name from Duane LeRoy Bliss, a 19th-century lumber magnate. At one time Bliss owned nearly 75% of Tahoe's lakefront, along with local steamboats, railroads, and banks. The park shares 6 miles of shoreline with Emerald Bay State Park; combined the two parks cover 1,830 acres, 744 of which the Bliss family donated to the state. At the north end of Bliss is Rubicon Point, which overlooks one of the lake's deepest spots. Short trails lead to an old lighthouse

and Balancing Rock, which weighs 250,000 pounds and balances on a fist of granite. The 4.5-mile Rubicon Trail—one of Tahoe's premier hikes—leads to Vikingsholm and provides stunning lake views. Two white-sand beaches front some of Tahoe's warmest water.

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Sight Information


530-525–3345; 800-777–0369


Sight Details:

  • $8 per vehicle, day use
  • Late May–Sept., daily sunrise–sunset

Updated 02/25/2014


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Apr 22, 2007

something for everyone

great beaches, extensive trails for all skill levels...and serene. have camped here numerous times- family held reunion/camping trips here every summer. my favorite of the state parks but Sugar Pine is nice too.

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