Camping in the Tahoe Basin
Lake Tahoe boasts as much good
camping as just about anywhere on earth. But what really makes it
special here is the amount of truly great camping sites you'll find.
Whether you camping experience involves survivalist camping or you
prefer your campsite to be more like a home, there are many options for camping. You can
easily find campsites that could get a five star review on home
advisor reviews. Whether you want to be overlooking a sandy
beach in a sheltered cove or
on the shores of a desolate alpine lake, you can find it here. Also
remember, camping is not just for summer any more. Due to the numerous
passes open all year the access is easy to some of the
camping available anywhere. And compared to a continental climate, our
maritime influenced climate is very mild. Camping in any of the
wilderness area requires a permit and wood fires are not permitted.
Campgrounds on Lake Tahoe
(walking distance with cooler)
State Park - A great place to camp in the summer at Tahoe.
Lots of amenities, beautiful beaches, and more.
Pine State Park - It may be somewhat of a stretch to say the
beach is within walking distance. The campgrounds are on the opposite
side of the highway. There are a number of historical items of interest
here including the Erhman Mansion.
Emerald Bay State Park - The park
includes three separate camping areas, Eagle
Point and Boat Camp both offer lake access, while Bayview is
900 feet above at the Bayview trailhead. Carved by glaciers, this truly
beautiful area is one of the most photographed spots on earth (that
means its crowded too). The park includes Fannette Island, Vikingsholm, Eagle Creek,
including the lower falls.
Bay Resort - Beautiful family camping on Lake Tahoe. The
resort is owned and operated by the Washoe Indian Tribe.
Meeks Bay Campground - USFS
Campground located across Meeks Creek from the Meeks Bay Resort
Campground by the Lake
Zephyr Cove Resort -
Camp Richardson Resort - Over 220
Nevada Beach -
Tahoe State Recreation Area (Tahoe
City) - located along the lake in downtown Tahoe City.
William Kent Campground -
- Walk to tent camping only.
Lake Tahoe - On the Upper Truckee River.
Camp Shelly - Camp
Shelly is on the south end of Lake Tahoe on highway 89 across from
Baldwin Beach. It is run by the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks
District on Forest
Fallen Leaf Lake Campground -
Located between Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake this campground
features large sites and a great location to start your day from.
Bayview Campground -
Desolation Wilderness - No other
wilderness area has a higher usage level, but it is still easy to get
away from it all. Campers are on a quota basis during the summer months
which means reservations are a necessity. There are many entry and exit
points for the wilderness which leads to many opportunities to cross
the wilderness in different ways.
on the American River - It may be expensive for camping, but
it's worth it. They have tons of campsites that come with your raft
trip. If your having a hard time booking a campground on Big Blue,
consider a WhiteWater alternative.