D.L. Bliss State Park

D.L. Bliss State Park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City California on the Emerald Bay, in the county of El Dorado and in the High Sierra region. In 1929 the D.L. Bliss family (a family who was known for pioneering and the lumber trade as well as being rail road owners) donated 744 acres to the state parks system.

Spring in the D.L. Bliss State Park can have temperatures reaching a high of 75 and lows in the mid-40. The winter months bring colder days with highs in the 40’s and lows in the 20’s. Camping is available in the D.L. Bliss State Park; campgrounds are closed in the winter and open from May to September. Camping can be done in tents, R.Vs. or trailers.

There are a lot of activities that can be done at the D.L. Bliss State Park. Hiking, fishing and walking nature trails can be done with ease. Because the D.L. Bliss State Park is committed to keeping conserving nature, wild life can be seen at any given time while you are visiting. If you are camping in the area, metal, bear proof food storage lockers must be used to safely lock away all food and toiletries.

One sight that you must visit while you are at the D.L. Bliss States Park is the balancing rock. The balancing rock is a natural wonder that of granite carefully balanced on a slender base. This record for balancing rock dates back to the early 1900’s. Over time the rock has weathered more and more, and there is now a crack that runs the base of the rock. the rock that is “balanced” weighs approximately 130 tons, because of the natural weathering that has occurred the rock will eventually completely erode to the point of falling.

The D.L. Bliss State Park offers California’s first underwater park. It was opened in 1994 to underwater barges made of ponderosa pine can be found by special channel markers in the water. There is also a special area that was known as Kirby’s resort. Kirby’s resort is now what houses the park’s boat camp. There are several small water craft that have sunk under water that divers can go under water to explore.

There is plenty of camping space at the D.L. Bliss State Park. There are over 248 campsites, each one containing a food locker, a table and a stove. There are also restrooms and hot water throughout the campground. There are no RV hookups available but some camp sites can accommodate trailers up to 18 feet.

Campers and visitors can use the park’s facilities such as the Lester Cove for swimming and Calwee Cove for fishing. The area has fish such as rainbow trout and salmon.

The D.L. Bliss State Park is a place for adventure. If visiting for the day or staying to camp the park will have something for everyone that enjoys the outdoors.

For more information on the D.L. Bliss Sate Park and its hours of operation please call: 530-525-7277