Meeks Bay Campground

Lake Tahoe


Meeks Bay, Lake Tahoe


Meeks Bay Campground, Lake Tahoe

Meeks Bay Campground

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Those who visit Lake Tahoe find a wide variety of interesting places to visit and activities to enjoy. Visitors to Meeks Bay Campground are well located along the lake's shoreline, close to many wonderful attractions.

  • Tour the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the fascinating stream profile chamber.
  • Rent paddleboards and kayaks at Tahoe City Kayak.
  • 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.
  • Visit nearby Tallac Historic Site.
  • Visit Emerald Bay and tour the Vikingsholm mansion. Sign up for an Emerald Bay cruise.
  • Set out on the Eagle Falls trail to beautiful mountain lakes.
  • Enjoy the sand on South Lake Tahoe beaches, or head to a casino in nearby Stateline, Nevada.
  • Rent a boat for a day on the water, or sign up for a lake tours.
  • Test your luck fishing from shore or a boat.
  • Drive up to Echo Summit and 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.

Key Meeks Bay Campground Regulations

  1. To avoid problems with bears, store food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers whenever they are provided.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  3. Dogs should be kept on leash and attended at all times.

Meeks Bay Campground

Meeks Bay Campground is on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, 10 miles south of Tahoe City and 8 miles north of Emerald Bay. From the campground visitors can take advantage of trails into the Desolation Wilderness, sandy beaches along the Lake Tahoe shore, and a new bike trail.

Sixteen of the campsites at Meeks Bay Campground are designated for tents only. The others accept tents, RVs, or trailers, although the maximum vehicle length is 20 feet. Highway noise is a concern.

Note: the Forest Service campground is separate from the privately owned Meeks Bay Resort and Marina Campground next door. The Forest Service's Meeks Bay Campground has its own wide, sandy beach, an excellent place to spend a sunny afternoon. The beach at Meeks Bay is a convenient spot from which to launch kayaks and paddleboards. As winds pick up during the afternoon, interest turns to windsurfing.

Meeks Bay Campground Basics
Meeks Bay Campground Location: Highway 89, 10 miles south of Tahoe City
Elevation: 6,250 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 115 miles, 2:10
Number of Sites: 36
Open - Closed: mid-May to mid-October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: on leash, always attended
Campground Information: (530) 525-4733

Reservations at Meeks Bay Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made for today and for up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 20 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Campground Map: Meeks Bay Campground Map
Fees: $29.50 - $31.50 per night
$9 reservation fee
Reservations: Meeks Bay Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Meeks Bay Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Meeks Bay Campground: Stroll down to the beach. Bicycle on the long paved bike trail. Try swimming, kayaking, or windsurfing. Find boat rentals at Meeks Bay Resort and Marina. The Meeks Bay Marina also offers boat tours to Emerald Bay.

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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