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D L Bliss State Park
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South Lake
Tahoe, California   96150

Phone: 530-525-7277
Reservations: 800-444-7275
The grandeur of the parks and their setting is a product of successive upheavals of the mountain-building processes that raised the Sierra Nevada. From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe.

On the crest of Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay State Park, you can see a brilliant panorama of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe, and the distant Nevada shore.

The park is named for a pioneering lumberman, railroad owner, and banker of the region. The D.L. Bliss family donated 744 acres to the State Park system in 1929.

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees; during extremely cold winters Emerald Bay freezes over.

Campgrounds are closed during the winter and, depending on the weather, are open from late May until the middle of September.

Food Storage Locker Information

Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and tolietries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers. The inside dimensions of the food lockedrs 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited.

History of the Area
The park was established in 1929. It is named after Duane Leroy Bliss, a prominent Nevada businessman. His family donated 744 acres to the state for its creation.

The area's natural features include Lake Tahoe and Rubicon Point Light - America's highest-elevation lighthouse. The park also contains some of North America's oldest known pine trees.

Over time it expanded through additional land acquisitions; now spanning over 2,149 acres with camping facilities and hiking trails available.

- Campsites: D L Bliss State Park offers 150 family campsites for tents and RVs.
- Group Camping: The park has a group campsite that can accommodate up to 50 people.
- Hike & Bike Sites: There are also hike/bike sites available for visitors traveling by foot or bicycle.
- Picnic Areas: Numerous picnic areas throughout the park provide additional daytime camping options.

Balancing Rock Nature Trail
The Balancing Rock, "tons of granite resting precariously on a slender stone base", has long been a natural attraction on Lake Tahoe's western shore. Visitors to the Lake Tahoe area in the late 1800's and early 1900's enjoyed being photographed next to this geological marvel.

Today, the Balancing Rock is the feature attraction of a short, half mile self-guided nature trail in the northwest section of D.L. Bliss State Park. The granite of this large rock began weathering more rapidly at the joint plane, an extensive horizontal crack that is easily seen at its "waist".

The overlying rock weighs around 130 tons and is now balanced on the rock below. This precarious remnant of granite rock will eventually fall when enough material has eroded away to break the equilibrium between the two pedestals.

Visitors can pick up a brochure at the start of the trail that describes 19 numbered markers, where you can stop and learn about the relationships between the soils, plants, and animals found in the park.

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Area Campgrounds
Tahoe Valley Campground
1175 Melba Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA
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The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay.
Tahoma Latitude/Longitude: 38.9851 / -120.1304

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