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History & Community

Nightlife and beach life come together perfectly in Kings Beach, thanks to the area’s downtown district being situated right along the shore. Named for a famed card shark who won the town in a game of poker, and 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. Kings Beach retains much of the fun spirit of its origin and is the main commercial core of North Tahoe Business Association’s District.

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, view video below.

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, and the Lights in the Sky drone show, annually the Friday before Labor Day.

Kings Beach, a North Lake Tahoe community that has expansive beaches, plentiful lake access, ideal exposure, with close proximity to 17 shops and 21 restaurants, now has new sidewalks, streetlights, and amenities. The Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project has transformed the town into a pedestrian and bike friendly community. If you’ve never been, or haven’t been in a while, now is the time to experience all that Kings Beach has to offer!


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