Emerald Bay State Park encompasses the entire shoreline of its namesake bay. The campground is situated on Eagle Point on the south side of the mouth of the bay, affording park visitors views of both Emerald Bay and the expanse of Lake Tahoe. Few campgrounds in the world have such a magnificent setting. The campground was renovated in 2015.
The camping sites at Eagle Point Campground are spread in loops along the point. Half the sites are standard camping sites that accept tents, RVs or trailers. There are 45 tent-only sites. Some campsites can only accept a maximum of 4 people, while others can accommodate 8. Campsites with the best lake views have been classified as premium sites. In addition, there are 20 boat-in campsites on the north side of Emerald Bay. Because of the popularity of the park, campsites fill up almost as soon as they become available for reservations. See Reservations Tips below.
Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Yes, coin operated
Hike down to Vikingsholm, Hike the Rubicon Trail, kayak and paddleboard, swimming, scuba diving
Tips for Making Reservations
Campgrounds at popular parks such as Emerald Bay State Park fill quickly. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance. Sites are made available in one month blocks beginning on the 1st of each month. For your best opportunity to reserve the campsite you want, be ready exactly at 8:00 AM on the first day of reservations with the reservation site already loaded, your reservation choices entered, and the final Submit button ready to click.
Emerald Bay State Park Campground
Emerald Bay Boat-in Campsites
The 20 boat-in campsites are located on the north side of Emerald Bay at the old Emerald Bay Resort. The campsites are only open in summer. They are first come, first served from May 22 to June 12. From then on sites must be reserved.
Each site can accommodate a maximum of 1 boat and 8 people. The dock is used from loading and unloading only. A buoy is provided for each campsite. Campground amenities include potable water, pit toilets, and food lockers. There are no showers. Boat trailers can be parked at Anchorage Marina at nearby Camp Richardson.
Reservations: Emerald Bay Boat-in Campsite Reservations Fee: $35 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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.