Elk Point- Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Swimsuits and s’mores and racing to the raft... playing cards and reading books and sleeping listening to the breeze through the pine trees.
- More about your oliver guide: Megan Escher
- Trip type: Family, Group getaway, Beach, Mountains
- Activity level: moderate
- Ideal length of trip: AT LEAST A LONG WEEKEND... UP TO A MONTH.
to & from
I – 80 to Highway 50. About one mile past Stateline, Nevada turn right on to Elks Point Road and follow the road to the gate at the end.
Where to Stay
- Rentals: We are very partial to Elk Point (several options via VRBO) - which has a wonderful beach and a massive deck for bbq’s. The houses are perfect for easy summer fun - they very much range in price and can have funky decor or could use a little love, but they all have stories to tell of this special place. Some houses have their own docks and beaches, but all share the common (but private only to residents and renters) big beach & deck which is the heart of the neighborhood. You have to book the beach deck with a handwritten claim on a calendar in the caretaker’s house - so make sure and plan ahead if you would like to do it. Other nearby areas to consider are Pinewild, Marla Bay & Zephyr Cove.
- Casinos: Harvey’s, Hard Rock, Caesar’s & Harrah’s are all nearby.
- Camping: Nevada Beach
Where to Eat and Drink
BBQ’S and potlucks rule the world here. Come as casual as you please! We usually stock up at the Davis Co-op on the way up. There is also a large Safeway in the Round Hill Shopping Center, just where the road to Elk Point meets the Highway (about ½ mile.)
What to Do
- Hanging out at the beach and water-sports are the main event-everyday!
- Open Air Summer Concerts at Harveys - every summer there are some great options.
- Rent kayaks and paddle boards at Nevada Beach (walking distance from Elk Point.)
- Rent a powerboat and spend the day crossing the lake...anchor and hike the falls at Emerald Bay. Jet skis are available too.
- Golf at Edgewood Tahoe or just hit balls - They also have a celebrity pro-am in July each year which is fun.
- Check out the Shakespeare Festival in Sand Harbor (about 20-25 minutes away). Sand Harbor is on the East Shore and in my opinion is the most beautiful & untouched area of Lake Tahoe.
- Hike in any direction - there are walking trails from the point and lots more hikes in the area. The Meadow near Nevada Beach Campground has trail markings and information on the Native American tribes who used to live in the area.
- M.S. Dixie Paddle Boat Cruises (good for grandparents who would like to see the lake at a leisurely pace - some also like the Sunset Cruise.)
- You get the afternoon/evening sun on this side of the lake, so beach days can sometimes go until 8:30/9:00 pm, if desired. Plus the Beach Deck is amazing for sunset cookouts.
- No matter where we go or what we do, for my family no summer in over 50 years has been complete without a stay at Elk Point. It is very simple summertime fun - it is swimsuits and s'mores and racing to the raft. It’s playing cards and reading books and sleeping listening to the breeze through the pine trees. It's just a quiet beautiful part of Nevada.
Meals at the Casinos.