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The reservation system for the popular Lake Tahoe park will go live in August, ahead of a full launch in April 2025

Sand Harbor State Park on the shores of Lake Tahoe will test a weekend and holiday reservation system from August 17 through October 13, with a plan to have a fully implemented seven-day-a-week reservation system live for all visitors in April 2025.

The system is expected to open on July 1 to reserve dates later this year. The cost is $5 in addition to the daily admission price. Currently, Sand Harbor charges $10 per car with Nevada license plates and $15 for out-of-state vehicles.

The new system is expected to help with the huge increase in visitors, with cars backing up for miles along the highway leading to the park in the summer. It is not unusual for people to line up along Highway 28 at 4:00 AM and 5:00 AM to enter the park which opens at 7:00 AM

According to the Nevada Division of State Parks, Sand Harbor’s visitor numbers have increased dramatically. According to a May report, the park had 365,311 visitors in 2012 and 814,935 in 2017. In 2023, almost 1.3 million people visited the popular spot.

This trial period will help staff and visitors adjust to the new procedures, with full implementation scheduled for April 2025, the Nevada park system said in a news release. There are no details on how far in advance reservations can be made for specific dates or how many reservations the park will open per day.

More information is expected to be released later this month.

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