Campground by the Lake

South Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe


Campground in the city of South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe's Campground by the Lake

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Lake Tahoe visitors enjoy a wonderful variety of activities and places to visit. Campers at South Lake Tahoe's Campground by the Lake are right next to El Dorado Beach. Nearby are many of the lake's most popular attractions.

  • Relax on South Lake Tahoe beaches, or head to a casino in nearby Stateline, Nevada.
  • Drive up to the Emerald Bay viewpoint and then take a tour the Vikingsholm mansion. Sign up for an Emerald Bay cruise.
  • Set out hiking up the Eagle Falls trail to beautiful alpine lakes or one of the many other popular destinations.
  • Rent a boat or take a lake cruise.
  • Rent paddleboards and wend your way along the shoreline.
  • Try fishing from shore or a boat.
  • From Echo Lakes hike (or take their water taxi) across the lakes and into the Desolation Wilderness./li>
  • Drive to Heavenly Valley or Squaw Valley for a scenic gondola ride.
  • Tour nearby Tallac Historic Site.

Key Campground by the Lake Regulations

  1. Avoid problems with bears by storing food and scented items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Keep dogs on leash and attended at all times.
  3. To prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Campground by the Lake

Campground by the Lake is operated by the City of South Lake Tahoe. The campground is almost lakefront at South Lake Tahoe, within easy walking distance of beaches and a public boat launch. The campground has spaces for tents, RVs and trailers. They also offer tent-cabins and standard cabins.

Although campsites at Campground by the Lake are located among the trees, the campground is surrounded on three sides by the city. Some of the campground's neighbors are civic buildings such as a library and visitor center, others are restaurants and residential streets. The campground has 175 sites and many good amenities. Sites in the A and B loops have electrical hook-ups.

Campground by the Lake Basics
Campground by the Lake Location: Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe
Elevation: 6,250 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 103 miles, 1:56
Number of Sites: 175
Open: April - October
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Cabins 4 - 6
Vehicles per Site: 1 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: $2 per night (max. 3 per site)
Information: (530) 542-6096

Reservations at Campground by the Lake
Reservations available: May through September.
Otherwise first-come, first-served (April and October)
Booking Window: Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: Accessible sites and showers available
Fees: Summer:
Electric and/or water - $38.50 per night
No hook-ups - $27.50
Tent Cabins - $47.50 - $76.50

Fall and Spring:
Electric and/or water - $36 per night
No hook-ups - $25
Tent Cabins - $47.50 - $76.50
Reservations: Campground by the Lake Reservations
Check-in, Check-out Times: 1:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Campground by the Lake Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring, some sites with electric hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Campground Map Campground by the Lake Map
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near Campground by the Lake: Stroll over to El Dorado Beach and Launch Ramp. Visit the nearby ice arena. Tour the Tahoe Museum. Stop in at the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center. Spend some quiet time in the Public Library. Enjoy a nearby playground and bike path.

South Lake Tahoe beach

South Lake Tahoe beach directly across the road from the campground

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 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.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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