Lake Tahoe camping locations. Places for Lake Tahoe camping at the lake or in the mountains. Whether you're looking for Lake Tahoe camping in a big RV or a small tent, you'll find it here.
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What You Need to Know About Camping at Lake Tahoe
If you're thinking of going camping at Lake Tahoe and have visions of pitching your tent at the water's edge, the first thing you need to know is that isn't going to happen. You can get close, though.
All of the Lake Tahoe campgrounds in this guide are on the south and west sides of the lake. Some are California State Parks, the US Forest Service runs others, and some are privately owned. To get a better sense of them and where they are, check this Google map.
Unfortunately, no single system will let you check them all at the same time. For each campground, I have included a link to reservation information.
If you're trying to make a camping reservation with only a few weeks - or days - to spare, start with the privately owned campgrounds, then check the ones in the national forest.
Black bears visit many of the Lake Tahoe campgrounds, looking for food. Find out how to keep your campsite safe from them.
To help you choose your perfect place to camp at Lake Tahoe, we polled more than 6,300 of our readers, asking about their favorite place. The listings below include the results for each location. They are organized geographically, starting on the east shore in Nevada and going clockwise.
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Zephyr Cove is a privately owned campground and resort just across the street from the Zephyr Cove Resort on the east side of Lake Tahoe. Some of their sites have lake views, but none is next to the lake.
It has 93 RV sites that can accommodate vehicles up to 40 feet long. They have water, sewer and cable TV hookups. They also have tent sites that you can drive or walk into. The resort has a laundry, showers and toilets.
You can reserve online at the Zephyr Cove website.
This campground got 9% of the votes in our poll.
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Nevada Beach is in a national forest and is run by the US Forest Service. It's in a pine forest at 6,100 feet elevation.
Campsites for tents and RVs are available. Many of them have lake views. The campground has flush toilets but no hookups. You can walk to the lake shore from the campground.
Up to two pets are allowed per site, but they can't go on the beaches.
You can make reservations at the Nevada Beach website, but be sure the person who makes them will be going with you. Reservation holders must be present to check in. They charge an extra fee for a second vehicle.
5% of our polled readers like Nevada Beach best.
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Lake Tahoe Camping - KOA Campground
The Lake Tahoe KOA is a privately owned campground about 5 miles south of South Lake Tahoe and 9 miles from the casinos in Stateline, Nevada.
They have RV and tent sites, with and without electricity and water hookups. Pets are allowed for a small extra fee.
You can reserve online at the Lake Tahoe KOA website.
19% of our polled readers like the Lake Tahoe KOA best.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Fallen Leaf campground is in a national forest. The campsites are in a pine forest with no lake views, but Fallen Leaf Lake is close enough to walk to.
It has 206 sites that include RV sites, tent sites and 6 yurts (tent cabins). Coin-operated showers, water spigots and restrooms with flush toilets are provided.
Fallen Leaf is open from mid-May through mid-October.
You can make reservations at the Fallen Leaf Campground website.
Fallen Leaf comes in #6 in our poll with 7% of the votes.
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Emerald Bay State Park
Emerald Bay is a California state park.
The Eagle Point Campground was closed for repairs in 2015. Check the website link below to find out if it has re-opened. The park also has a boat-in campground, which is open in summer only.
You can get more information at the Emerald Bay State Park website.
Emerald Bay comes in third in our poll with 15% of the votes.
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D. L. Bliss State Park
D.L. Bliss is a California state park.
The campground has 150 family campsites. It's an easy walk from there to the lake shore, and it's also close to hiking trails. It has RV campsites for motorhomes up to 18 feet and trailers up to 15 feet - and an RV dump site. Restrooms and showers are available.
Dogs are allowed on a leash, but only in the campground, picnic areas and on paved roads. They can't go to the beach or off the road anywhere else.
D.L. Bliss closes in the winter, but nearby Sugar Pine Point Campground is open year round.
The biggest downside to your camping plans here is the California state park reservation system, which will require you to plan months ahead of time and set an alarm just to remember to do it at the right moment. You'll find details and tips in this guide to California State Park camping reservations.
You can get more information at the D.L. Bliss State Park website.
DL Bliss was voted #1 in our poll, with 22% of the votes.
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Meeks Bay Resort is privately owned sand part of a resort that includes a lodge and cabins. That makes it a perfect place for groups who have varying ideas about where they want to sleep. The resort also has a restaurant.
The campground has RV sites with full hookups and tent sites with picnic tables. Restrooms and showers are provided.
Pets are not allowed anywhere in the resort.
The resort closes in winter and starts taking reservations for the summer season at the beginning of May. You can get details and make reservations at the Meeks Bay Campground website.
Meeks Bay comes in last in our poll, with 4% of the votes.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
Sugar Pine Point is a California state park. It is on the shore of Lake Tahoe, about 10 miles south of Tahoe City.
The park has more than 100 campsites, restrooms and an RV dump station. It can accommodate trailers up to 26 feet long and RVs up to 32 feet.
Dogs are allowed on a leash no longer than 6 feet. They can't go into building, on unpaved trails or the beach.
To get reservations at Sugar Pine Point - especially during the busy season - you need to plan ahead and know a couple of tricks. You'll find that in this guide to California State Park camping reservations.
You can get more information at the Sugar Pine Point State Park website.
8% of our readers say Sugar Pine is their favorite Tahoe camping spot.
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William Kent Campground
William Kent Campground is in a national forest. It has sites on both sides of the CA Hwy 89.
It has more than 80 sites, flush toilets and drinking water, but no showers and no RV hookups.
You can reserve at the William Kent Campground website, but you need to know that the reservation holder has to be present when you check in.
William Kent got 6% of the votes in our poll.