Pope Beach is simply beautiful, just off Rt 89. There is a wider, more populated part of the beach when you first enter and park (lots of parking, $7). If you go further, the beach narrows and gets a bit quieter if you want a more peaceful experience. The views of the lake and mtns. are incredible. The water is very clean, though cold if you're used to ocean temps. There are nice, CLEAN bathroom facilities all along the beach - so great. There are some benches and picnic tables, and lots of spots under the shade of pine trees to stay out of the sun.
There is a spot to rent kayaks and paddle boards, too.
The only negatives, for me, are that the sand is pretty coarse, not fine like we're used to, and it irritated my feet. If you want to go into the water or take a walk, I'd suggest water shoes or flip flops. The beach isn't very wide and by the water it's narrow and slanted, so no long beach walks for me.
That said - it is a gorgeous spot, convenient, with parking, and shade. Go to the end and see the beautiful meadow on the other side of the road - just beautiful. Enjoy!
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