El Dorado County, Northern California
Douglas County, Nevada

South Lake Tahoe Camping



Lake Tahoe
Picnic Areas and Beaches


  • D.L. Bliss State Park
    • West Shore
    • Restrooms, Picnic Area
    • $8 per Vehicle
  • Meeks Bay Day Use Area
    • West Shore, 8 miles north of Emerald Bay
    • Lakeside Picnic Area
    • Restrooms, Piped Water
    • Kayaking, Swimming
    • $7 per vehicle
  • Sugar Pine Pt. State Park
    • West Shore
    • Restrooms, Picnic Area
    • $8 per Vehicle
  • Eagle Falls
    • West Shore at Emerald Bay
    • Often crowded in summer
    • Picnic Area, Restrooms
    • Parking Fee
  • Emerald Bay State Park
    • West Shore
    • Restrooms, Picnic Area
    • $8 per Vehicle
    • Vikingsholm: Adults $5
    •   Child $3
  • Baldwin Beach
    • SW Shore, 4 Miles north of South Lake Tahoe
    • Windsurfing, Swimming
    • Restrooms, No Piped Water
    • $7 per vehicle
  • Tallac Historic Site
    • SW shore near Camp Richardson
    • Tour Tallac Resort
    • Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Piped Water
  • Kiva Picnic Area
    • SW Shore, next to Tallac Site
    • Restrooms, Picnic Tables, BBQs
  • Taylor Creek Visitor Center
    • Near Tallac Historic Site
    • Stream Profile Chamber
    • Summer Evening Programs at Lake of the Sky Amphitheater
  • Pope Beach
    • SW Shore, 3 miles north of the Y
    • Restrooms, Picnic Tables
    • BBQs, No Piped Water
    • Windsurfing
    • $7 per Vehicle
  • Reagan Beach
    • Off Lakeview Ave, South Lake Tahoe
  • El Dorado Beach
    • South Lake Tahoe
    • Closed in 2011 for Construction
  • Connolly Beach
    • At Timber Cove
  • Nevada Beach
    • SE Shore, near Elks Point Rd.
    • Piped Water, Flush Toilets
    • Picnic Area
    • $7 per Vehicle
  • Zephyr Cove
    • East Shore
    • Restrooms, Picnic Tables
    • Piped Water, Beach
    • $7 per Vehicle



Camping around South Lake Tahoe

At South Lake Tahoe campers can choose from a great mixture of state parks, National Forest campgrounds, municipal campgrounds, and private campgrounds.

Sugar Pine Point and D. L. Bliss state parks are situated right on the lake and close to many attractions. Both offer reservations, which at Lake Tahoe is the smartest way to plan your camping trip.

Several National Forest campgrounds are found along the lake and at nearby Fallen Leaf Lake.

Beaches and Picnic Sites


A string of more than a dozen public beaches and picnic sites ring South Lake Tahoe, starting from Bliss State Park and carrying around to Nevada's Zephyr Cove. Most charge an admission fee of $7 or $8 per day.



Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Location: West shore of Lake Tahoe, 17 miles north of South Lake Tahoe
Campground Facilities: WiFi, Nature Center, Gift Shop, Flush Toilets, Piped Water, Showers, 123 Family Campsites
Campsite Amenities: Bear Boxes, Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Reservations: (800) 444-7275 or Reserve America - Sugar Pine Point State Park
Fees: Drive-in Sites $35 per night, Group Site $165
Nearby Attractions: Hellman-Ehrman Mansion available for tours and special events, Dolder Nature Trail, Sugar Pine Point Day Use Area

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Meeks Bay Campground

Location: West shore of Lake Tahoe, 8 miles north of Emerald Bay, between Sugar Pine Point and D. L. Bliss State Parks.
Campground Facilities: Flush Toilets, Piped Water, Close to Beach, RVs to 20', 40 Sites
Campsite Amenities: Bear Boxes, Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Recreation.gov - Meeks Bay Campground
Fees: $28-$30 per night
Nearby Attractions: Meeks Bay Day Use Area, Beach on Lake Tahoe

D. L. Bliss State Park

Location: West shore of Lake Tahoe, 4 miles north of Emerald Bay
Campground Facilities: Flush Toilets, Piped Water, Showers, 268 Family Campsites, Trailers to 15', RVs to 18'
Group Campsite: Accommodates 50 People and 10 Vehicles
Boat-In Campsites: 20 Primitive Sites
Campsite Amenities: Bear Boxes, Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Reservations: (800) 444-7275 or California State Parks
Fees: Drive-in Sites $35 per night, Group Site $165, Hike and Bike $7, Lakefront Sites $45
Nearby Attractions: Balancing Rock Nature Trail, Emerald Bay, Swimming Beach

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Bayview Campground

Location: West shore of Lake Tahoe, 8 miles north of South Lake Tahoe.
Campground Facilities: Vault Toilets, No Water, RVs to 20', 13 Sites
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Reservations: No Reservations
Fees: $17 per night
Nearby Attractions: Inspiration Point, Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay State Park

Location: West shore of Lake Tahoe at Eagle Point, Emerald Bay
Campground Facilities: Flush Toilets, Piped Water, Showers, 100 Family Campsites, Trailers to 18', RVs to 21'
Boat-In Campsites: 20 Primitive Sites
Campsite Amenities: Bear Box, Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Reservations: (800) 444-7275 or California State Parks
Fees: Drive-in and Boat-In Sites $35 per night
Nearby Attractions: Emerald Bay, Vikingsholm, Underwater Park

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Camp Shelly

Operated by the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
Location: 1721 Mount Tallac Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA
Camp Shelly
Open: June 17 - September 6
Campground Facilities: 25 Campsites, Restrooms, Showers, Piped Water, Ping Pong, Volleyball
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Table, Food Locker, Fire Pit and Grill, RVs up to 24'
Reservations: (925) 960-2400 or in person at 4444 East Ave., Livermore, CA
Fees: (8 people) $38 per night for Livermore residents and for Non-residents
Nearby Attractions: Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake, Baldwin Beach

Fallen Leaf Campground

Location: SW shore of Lake Tahoe, at the north end of Fallen Leaf Lake
Campground Facilities: Piped Water, Flush Toilets, Showers, 188 Sites, RVs to 40'; 6 Yurts which Sleep 5-6 People
Campsite Amenities: Bear Boxes, Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, BBQs; Yurts have electricity and space heater
Reservations: Recreation.gov - Fallen Leaf Campground
Fees: Campsites $32 per night; Yurts $84 per night
Nearby Attractions: Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Rainbow trail to Stream Profile Chamber

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Campground by the Lake

Operated by the City of South Lake Tahoe Parks & Recreation
Location: 1159 Rufus Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA
Campground by the Lake
Open: April - October
Campground Facilities: WiFi, Tent Cabins available, Dump Station
Campsite Amenities: Picnic Table, BBQ, Fire Ring
Reservations: (530) 542-6096
Fees: (6 people, 1 vehicle) $24 - $29 per night, with electric $35 - $40
Nearby Attractions: El Dorado Beach

Nevada Beach Campground

Location: East shore of Lake Tahoe, on Elks Point Rd., off Hwy. 50
Campground Facilities: Flush Toilets, Piped Water, 54 Sites, RVs up to 45'
Campsite Amenities: Bear Boxes, Picnic Table, BBQ, Fire Ring
Reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Recreation.gov - Nevada Beach Campground
Fees: $32-$34 per night
Nearby Attractions: Nevada Beach Day Use Area

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Zephyr Cove RV Park & Campgrounds

760 Hwy. 50
Zephyr Cove, NV
Resort: (775) 589-4906  
Website: Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina
Resort Facilities: Marina, Beach, Laundry, Showers, Restrooms, WiFi
RV Campsites: 93 Sites, some with Lake Views, Vehicles to 40', Full Hook-ups, 30/50 Amp, Cable TV, Telephone and Internet, Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Tent Campsites: 47 "walk-in" Sites, 10 "drive-in", Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, BBQs, Bear Lockers
Summer Rates: RV Sites $82, Tent Sites $33

Camp Richardson

1900 Jameson Beach Rd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(800) 544-18011   Camp Richardson
Resort Facilities: Bar and Grill, Marina, Historic Hotel, Lakefront Cabins
For more about lodging at Camp Richardson see South Lake Tahoe Lodging
Campgrounds: Two campgrounds with 200 Sites, Badger's Den on the lake side of Hwy 89 and Eagle's Nest across the highway, Restrooms, Showers
RV Sites: RV Camping at the two campgrounds listed above, plus Camp Rich. Full Hook-up Sites, plus Water and Electric Only Sites

Tahoe Valley Campground

1175 Melba Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-2222   Tahoe Valley Campground
Facilities: RV and Tent Sites, Laundry, Store, Internet, Swimming Pool, Outdoor Sports, Recreation Room
RV Sites: Full Hook-ups, 50 Amp available

Chris Haven RV Community

2030 E Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 541-1895   Chris Haven RV Community
Facilities: WiFi, Restrooms, Showers, Laundry
RV Sites: Full Hook-ups, Cable TV
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly rates available

KOA Lake Tahoe

760 North Hwy. 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Information: (530) 577-3693   Reservations: (800) 562-3477
KOA Lake Tahoe
Facilities: WiFi, Restrooms, Showers, Laundry, Swimming Pool, Playground, Dump Station
RV Sites: Full Hook-ups, Cable TV available, 30 Amp
Summer Rates: About $72 per night

Comstock Country RV Resort

5400 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV
(775) 882-2445 or (800) 638-2321
30 miles from South Lake Tahoe
Comstock Country RV Resort
Facilities: Laundry, Store, Exercise Room, WiFi, Outdoor Sports, Swimming Pool, Spa, Restrooms
RV Sites: Full Hook-ups, 50 Amp, Cable TV


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