Camping at Lake Tahoe isn’t exactly what most people expect. Those who’ve never been there think of getting to pitch their own tent near the water, but that isn’t the case. You can, however, get something that’s close to that experience. Lake Tahoe campgrounds are found on the South and West parts of the lake. Some of them are run by California State Parks while the others are run by US Forest Service. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Zephyr Cove

Zephyr Cove

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Just across the street by the Zephyr Cove Resort is a privately owned campsite on the east side of the Lake. None of these sites are adjacent to the lake, but there are those that offer some nice views of the lake itself. Its RV sites can accommodate vehicles that are up to 40 feet long, and there are about 90 sites in total and come with access to water and cable TV hookups as well as a sewer. There are also some tent sites that are within walking or driving distance. If you want to do laundry or take a shower, you can head on to the resort. Reservations can be made online via the Zephyr Cove’s website.

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Nevada Beach

Nevada Beach

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Nevada Beach is located within a national forest and is therefore under the US Forest Service. This one’s a pine forest located 6,100 feet above ground. There are campsites for both tents and RVs, most of which offer views of the lake. They campsites have flush toilets but they don’t have any hookups. The campground is quite close to the lake shore, which you can access by walking. If you have pets, you can bring them too, since the site allows up to two pets per site. You can’t however, take them to the beaches with you.

The Nevada Beach website lets people make reservations online, but you have to make sure that whoever makes the reservation is going to be there, since the reservation holders have to check in personally. If you have extra vehicles with you, you’ll have to pay an extra fee.

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Camp Richardson Resort

Camp Richardson Resort

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There is always something to do and enjoy at Camp Richardson Resort, a year-round vacation destination great for families that want to fully experience award-winning accommodations, experiences, and dining, all in the same place. Camp Richardson, or Camp Rich as it’s lovingly referred to by its usual clientele, offers a ton of exciting excursions that guests can enjoy. Guests can pitch up a tent care of the Lake Tahoe Camping and RV park, or rent a pair of snowshoes or skis to explore the mountainside during the winter months. Meanwhile, during the summer, Camp Richardson is great for biking and hiking, and for enjoyable marina tours and cruises like that of the Vikingsholm Castle.

1900 Jameson Beach Road, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150, Phone: 800-544-1801, (website link)

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Fallen Leaf

Fallen Leaf

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Fallen Leaf is located within a national forest. It’s a pine forest that offers no lake views, but is nearby Fallen Leaf Lake which people can walk to. The good thing about this site is that it has 206 spots for RVs and tents as well as six yurts or tent cabins. They features coin-operated showers, restrooms, water spigots, and flush toilets. The place is open between the middle of May until the middle of October. You can make reservations via the Fallen Leaf Campground website. Browse our California weekend getaways guide for more ideas.

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Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park

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Found within the California State Park, Emerald Bay State Park was closed in 2015 but is set to reopen on June 2018. It is located 12 miles south of Lake Tahoe. The park features a boat-in campsite that opens during the summer. To know which parts of the park have reopened, you’ll have to visit the official website, which is also where you’ll make reservations anyway. Video

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D. L. Bliss State Park

D. L. Bliss State Park

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Part of the California State Park, the D.L. Bliss State Park features 150 campsites for families and is just walking distance from the lake’s shore. The place is really close to a lot of hiking trails as well. The place also has a number of campsites for RVs of up to 18 feet and trailers that are up to 15 feet. They have restrooms and showers.

Dogs are allowed within the campgrounds, paved roads, and picnic areas only and they must be leashed. They’re not allowed to go to the beach or anywhere else.

D.L. Bliss closes up during the winter. If you’re out of luck, you can try the Sugar Pine Point Campground that’s nearby.

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Meeks Bay

Meeks Bay

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Meeks Bay resort is privately owned and features lodges and cabins that are perfect for groups who want to enjoy a bit of camping but still have access to the comforts of home. The resort has its own restaurant and the campsites come complete with hookups as well as picnic tables and places to pitch tents. You can’t bring your pets here, though.

Meeks Bay resort closes down during winter season, but you can start making reservations for the summer as early as May.

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Sugar Pine Point State Park

Sugar Pine Point State Park

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Part of the California state parks, Sugar Pine Point is located on lake Tahoe’s shores just 10 miles south of the City. The park has up to 100 campsites and it has restrooms as well as a dumpsite for RVs. It can have RVs that are up to 32 feet and trailers that are up to 26 feet long.

If you bring a dog, make sure that it’s on a leash that’s not longer than six feet. They’re not allowed inside any buildings or unpaved trails. They’re also not allowed on the beach.

Sugar Pine Point gets busy sometimes during the year, so you’ll want to make reservations in advance if you’re planning to go camping there.

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More Info about Lake Tahoe Camping

More Info about Lake Tahoe Camping

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There are a couple more campsites out there, but these should be good enough to get you started. Remember, the best way to get information about these campsites and their reservation requirements is to go to their official website. Other than that, you just need to make a couple of preparations and you’re good to go.

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Kaspian Campground

Kaspian Campground

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Nestled serenely in the center of a beautiful and mature pine forest, the Kaspian Campground promises rest and relaxation for all those who come to visit. The campground is home to some of the most beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and is a great base for travelers who want to capitalize on the many water and land-based recreational activities offered in the area. Visitors can set off for a whole day of mountain biking on one of the Kaspian Campground’s many trails, or lounge at the lake’s sandy beaches. Meanwhile, there are great biking trails that start at the Kaspian Campground and reach all the way to the western shores of Lake Tahoe.

3255 CA-89, Tahoe City, California 96145, Phone: 530-583-3642

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Tahoe Valley Campground

Tahoe Valley Campground

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer the comfort and luxuries of an RV or want to enjoy the simplicity of camping in a regular tent, at the Tahoe Valley Campground, both are possible. The campground is known and appreciated for being enveloped by gorgeous pine trees and awe-inspiring views of the nearby mountains. Thanks to its location, it is even the perfect spot from which to begin an exploration of Lake Tahoe’s amazing outdoor attractions. When guests are done with their outdoor excursions, there is a great nearby casino to visit, but for those who just want to enjoy the campground’s amenities, there is a swimming pool, a barbecue area, and sports facilities to visit among others.

117 Melba Drive, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150, Phone: 530-541-2222

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William Kent Campground

William Kent Campground

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The William Kent Campground is situated on Lake Tahoe’s western shoreline and is conveniently located just a short drive south of Tahoe City. Open to campers and day-use visitors, the William Kent Campground features over 80 camping sites with yurts, tents, and a designated area for RV camping. In terms of recreation, the William Kent Campground is a stone’s throw away from the 22-mile-long shoreline of Lake Tahoe at which campers can enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake, go boating, or try their luck at fishing for salmon, mackinaw, rainbow trout, and brown trout. For avid bikers, there is a lovely trail that weaves around the western shoreline of the lake just waiting to be discovered.

1995 W. Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, California 86145, Phone: 530-583-3642, (website)

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Camp Shelly

Camp Shelly

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Tucked between Fallen Leaf Lake and Emerald Bay is Camp Shelly, a centrally positioned campsite that gives its guests the unique opportunity to enjoy Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty as well as the exciting indoor attractions that the area has to offer, all in one go. The camp is capable of accommodating RVs up to 24 feet long, and also easily accommodates tent trailers and campers. When it comes to hiking enthusiasts, Camp Shelly proves yet again to be a fantastic option for camping as it is home to the trailheads of Glen Alpine and Mt. Tallac, both of which are excellent trails to explore whether by foot or on the back of a mountain bike.

Mt. Tallac Road A, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150, Phone: 925-373-5700

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