Emerald Bay State Park encompasses the entire shoreline of its namesake bay. Eagle Point Campground is situated right 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.
Emerald Bay State Park camping is spread in loops along the point. Half of the 97 campsites are standard camping sites that accept tents, RVs or trailers. Another 45 campsites are for tents only. 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
Attractions near Eagle Point Campground:
Hike down to the Vikingsholm mansion. Hike on the famous the Rubicon Trail. Kayak and paddleboard from beaches up and down the lake. Enjoy swimming or scuba diving. Drive up to the Emerald Bay Vista Point.
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.
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 from ReserveCalifornia: 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.