D.L. Bliss State Park, a beloved destination on the shores of Lake Tahoe, is set to remain closed until the summer of 2024, according to an announcement by California State Parks. The closure, initiated in June of 2023, is aimed at replacing aging waterlines, with work expected to continue until next summer.
The closed areas within the park encompass essential spots such as the Lester Beach vehicle access area, Calawee Cove, the Balancing Rock trailhead, Rubicon Trailhead North, campsites, and the visitor center. Visitors are encouraged to explore nearby campgrounds and day-use areas at Emerald Bay State Park and Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park, both anticipated to be open next summer.
Significant progress has already been made in enhancing water systems at D.L. Bliss State Park and other Tahoe state parks this year. This includes the replacement of water storage tanks providing drinking water for visitors and staff and the complete replacement of old waterlines at the Tahoe State Recreation Area.
Access to the popular Rubicon trail is accessible from Eagle Point and Vikingsholm Trailhead in Emerald Bay State Park, primarily for out-and-back hiking. Lester Beach and Calawaee Cove can be reached via the trail or by boat from the lake, though visitors are advised to carry out their trash as no restroom or trash services will be available.