Kings Beach is the main commercial core of North Tahoe Business Association’s District. Kings Beach was given its name in 1925 when Joe King allegedly acquired the land after an all-night poker game. Joe took his poker winnings to develop the area from five small cabins to a flourishing “town” of motels, theaters, markets, shops, cafes and summer homes.
In 2014 through 2016 downtown Kings Beach underwent a $50 million infrastructure and storm water improvement project to protect Lake Tahoe and reconfigure the highway (from 4 lanes to 3 lanes) for improved safety and pedestrian amenities including two new roundabouts, sidewalks, bike lanes and streetlights. For more, check out this video.
The center of Kings Beach features a California State Park called the Kings Beach State Recreation Area including an expansive, south facing beach, and plentiful recreation opportunities and amenities. The beach is within an easy walk to lakeside shops and restaurants. Kings Beach is the home of many special events including the Kings Beach SnowFest Parade in March, Music on the Beach free concert series summer Friday evenings, July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party, annually the day before Independence Day, and Passport to Dining food and beverage tasting event and NTBA fundraiser.