Emerald Bay State Park Camping at
Eagle Point Campground

Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe


Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. Eagle Point is in the center.

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Emerald Bay is the most famous scenic stopping place around Lake Tahoe. Those who take advantage of Emerald Bay State Park camping are close to many wonderful attractions.

  • Tour the Vikingsholm Mansion. Sign up for an Emerald Bay boat cruise.
  • Enjoy the exhibits at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the fascinating stream profile chamber.
  • Learn to waterski at High Sierra Waterski School at Homewood or Sunnyside Marina.
  • Rent bicycles, kayaks, and paddleboards at West Shore Sports at Homewood, Sunnyside, or Tahoma.
  • Tour nearby Tallac Historic Site.
  • Pack your camera and lunch and head up the Eagle Falls trail to beautiful mountain lakes.
  • Spread out on the sand on South Lake Tahoe beaches, or head to a casino in nearby Stateline, Nevada.
  • Rent paddleboards and kayaks at Tahoe City Kayak.
  • Rent a boat for a day on the water, or sign up for a 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.
  • Take everyone to Heavenly Valley or Squaw Valley for a scenic gondola ride.

Key State Park Regulations

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

Emerald Bay State Park Camping

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.

Emerald Bay State Park Camping Basics
Emerald Bay State Park Camping Location: Along Highway 89, 22 miles south of Tahoe City and 12 miles north of South Lake Tahoe
Elevation: 6,250 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 110 miles, 2:10
Number of Sites: 114
Open - Closed: mid-May - November
Max. People per Site: 4 or 8 (including children), depending on site
Vehicles per Site: Usually 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle.
(additional vehicles $10)
Check reservation website carefully for the number of vehicles allowed at your site.
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (530) 525-7277

Reservations for Emerald Bay State Park Camping
Reservations required: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival date. New dates are made available in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 18 feet/15 feet
Accessible Sites: #73A, 74A
Favorite Campsites: #26, 28, 29, 50, 51
Campground Map: Eagle Point Campground Map
Fees: $35 per night
Reservations: Eagle Point Campground at Emerald Bay SP
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Emerald Bay State Park Camping 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 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.

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.

Campground at Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe

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.

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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