Campground by the Lake

South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Campground in the city of South Lake Tahoe

Campground by the Lake

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Lake Tahoe enjoy an almost endless variety of activities and places to visit.

  • Emerald Bay, Vikingsholm mansion, Emerald Bay cruises
  • Eagle Falls trail
  • South Lake Tahoe beaches and Stateline, Nevada, casinos
  • Boat rentals, lake tours
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Fishing, hiking, sight-seeing
  • Heavenly Valley or Squaw Valley gondola ride
  • Tallac Historic Site

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.

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 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 Basics
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 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 at 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
Nearby attractions: El Dorado Beach and Launch Ramp, ice arena, Tahoe Museum, Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, Public Library, playground, 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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