Bayview Campground is located near Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. The campground is one of the few in the area that does not take reservations. All sites are first come, first served. The campground is popular with those who like to use it as a jumping off point for hikes or horseback rides into the Desolation Wilderness. Two corrals, a loading dock, and seasonal watering sources for horses are available, but the creek water often runs dry by mid-summer. There is no piped water at the campground.
Bayview is an often overlooked campground with pleasant campsites set among the trees. Although it is close to the road, sites farther back up the creek hardly notice the sounds of passing cars.
Off Highway 89 by Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay, 8 miles from South Lake Tahoe
Mileage and driving time from gateway city:
Sacramento - 111 miles, 2:12
Number of Sites:
Open - Closed:
Memorial Day weekend through October
Max. People per Site:
6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site:
2, second vehicle $7
On leash, always attended
First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length:
anytime, check-out Noon
Bayview Campground Amenities
Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Vault toilets, no potable water
Walk to Inspiration Point overlooking Emerald Bay, hike to nearby lakes in the Desolation Wilderness, drive to nearby Baldwin Beach on Lake Tahoe
Campgrounds without Potable Water
The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.
Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.
General Camping Information
Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate