D. L. Bliss State Park Campgrounds

Lake Tahoe


D. L. Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe


Campsite at D. L. Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe

D.L. Bliss State Park Campground

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Lake Tahoe enjoy an almost endless variety of activities and places to visit. Those who camp at D. L. Bliss State Park Campground look out on a beautiful view of the lake. Nearby are many nice attractions.

  • Visit Emerald Bay and tour the Vikingsholm mansion. Sign up for an Emerald Bay cruise.
  • Hike up the Eagle Falls trail to beautiful mountain lakes.
  • Spend the day on South Lake Tahoe beaches, or head to a casino in nearby Stateline, Nevada.
  • Find nearby boat rentals and lake tours.
  • 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>
  • Take everyone to Heavenly Valley or Squaw Valley for a scenic gondola ride.
  • Visit nearby Tallac Historic Site.

Key D. L. State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Avoid problems with bears by storing food and scented items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Jumping or diving from shoreline rocks into the water is not permitted.
  3. Hikers must stay on marked trails.

D. L. Bliss State Park Campground

D. L. Bliss State Park Campground are located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, only a few miles north of South Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. Campers at D. L. Bliss enjoy the beautiful sandy beach, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, and hiking. D. L. Bliss State Park is adjoined on the south by Emerald Bay State Park. Visitors can easily hike between the two parks.

The 140 camping sites at D. L. Bliss State Park Campground are separated into three units - Pine, Ridge, and Beach. Among them are 58 tent-only sites. In addition, there are Hike and Bike sites and a group camp. D. L. Bliss State Park Campground offers modern facilities while still retaining the charm of old-time campgrounds. Because of the popularity of the park, campsites fill up almost as soon as they become available for reservations. See Reservations Tips below.

D. L. Bliss State Park Campground Basics
D. L. Bliss State Park Campground Location: Along Highway 89, 17 miles south of Tahoe City and a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay
Elevation: 6,250 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 112 miles, 2:15
Number of Sites: 140
Open - Closed: mid-May - late September
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (additional vehicles $10)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (530) 525-7277

Reservations at D. L. Bliss State Park Campground
Reservations required: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 18 feet/15 feet
Accessible Sites: #97, 127, 129
Favorite Campsites: #103, 105, 148, 149, 151, 156, 158, 164
Campground Map: D. L. Bliss State Park Campground Map
Fees: $35 for standard sites
$45 for lakefront sites
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: D. L. Bliss State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

D. L. Bliss Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Yes, coin operated
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near D. L. Bliss State Park Campground: Enjoy the sandy beach within the park. Visit Lester Beach or Calawee Cove. Hike the Rubicon Trail, the Lighthouse Trail, or the Balancing Rock Trail. Rent a paddleboard or kayak.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.


Campsite at D. L. Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe

D.L. Bliss State Park Campground

D. L. Bliss Group Campsite

The single group campsite at D. L. Bliss State Park is located between the Ridge camping loops and the Beach sites. The group site is for tents only and can accommodate between 9 and 50 people along with 10 vehicles. The site includes all the amenities of the standard campsites.
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
D. L. Bliss State Park Group Campsite Reservations
Fee: $165 per night

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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