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Cave Rock State Park
Cave Rock State Park © Ken Lund from Reno, Nevada, USA / CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Cave Rock State Park © U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from USA / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Hwy 50
Lake Tahoe, Nevada   89413
(lat:39.0437 lon:-119.9487) map location

Phone: 775-588-7975
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Atop the Sierra Nevada mountain range, tucked along the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe, Cave Rock is a great place to put in a boat and explore the crystalline waters of the largest alpine lake in North America. The boat launch offers a double ramp and the park has more than 40 spaces for trailer parking. A small beach at the south end of the park provides a perfect place for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling, as well as a good spot to launch a canoe or kayak. A steep shoreline and rocky shoals make this a great location for fishing and enjoying the majestic beauty of Lake Tahoe.
History of the Area
In 1967, the Nevada Legislature transferred title of the Cave Rock boat launch and parking area to the Nevada State Park System. Since then, the Cave Rock boat landing has become a very popular recreational site on Lake Tahoes east shore. Apart from its role in Native American culture and tourism history, Cave Rock was once an impediment to early lakeshore transportation. The actual Cave Rock had at various times several distinct, but overlapping travel ways that went over, around and through.
There is a small beach located at the south end of the park where park visitors can swim, sunbathe, play in the sand, scuba dive, snorkel and launch non-motorized watercraft.
The boat launch includes one double ramp with a dock separating the ramps and over 40 spaces for trailer parking. Offsite watercraft inspections are required for all motorized watercraft as a part of the new program that is helping to protect Lake Tahoe from the threat of invasive species such as the Quagga and Zebra mussels. Boat Launch Hours Summer, May 1 through September 30, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Winter, October 1 through April 30, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Hours are subject to change and/or closure.
Anglers can enjoy fishing from the shore or a boat. The lake is home to rainbow, brown and mackinaw trout. Kokanee salmon are also present in this freshwater body. A public boat launch facility provides easy access for boating enthusiasts.

Cave Rock State Park offers picnic tables with stunning lake views. Grills are available, but bring your own charcoal.

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