History & Community

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.

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  • Spend the day relaxing and enjoying the water at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. For parking locations, click here.
  • Bring your beach chairs, blankets and dancing feet to Music on the Beach and enjoy well-known artists and discover new talent while looking out over the shores of Lake Tahoe. Every Friday evening from 6-8:30pm throughout the summer at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
  • Take a snowmobile ride on Brockway Summit.
  • Play golf at the historic Old Brockway Golf Course.
  • Jet ski, Aqua Trike, or go parasailing with North Tahoe Watersports.
  • Have lunch, dinner, or happy hour at Spindleshanks and play bocce ball while you wait for your table or after you dine.
  • Rent a stand up paddleboard or a kayak at Tahoe Paddle & Oar, Lakeshore Sports, or Adrift Tahoe and explore the lake.
  • A variety of cuisine from 21+ restaurants to choose from with outdoor dining, dog friendly establishments, and lake views.
  • Try one of Kings Beach’s authentic Mexican restaurants at La Mexicana, Las Panchitas and Caliente!
  • Enjoy July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party held annually the day before Independence Day at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area and North Tahoe Event Center.
  • Try for a hole-in-one and take family and friends mini-golfing at Kings Beach Miniature Golf.
  • Shop in 17 unique retailers for Tahoe-style treasures and finds.
  • Get a group of friends together and head to North Tahoe Beach (across from Safeway) to play a game of beach volleyball.
  • Enjoy Passport to Dining, the annual food and beverage tasting event at the North Tahoe Event Center in November
  • Participate in or spectate at the Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddleboard Festival.
  • Stroll through downtown Kings Beach and check out all 15 art banners displayed on the streetlights.