Meeks Bay Campground

Lake Tahoe

Meeks Bay, Lake Tahoe

Meeks Bay Campground, Lake Tahoe

Meeks Bay Forest Service Campground

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Lake Tahoe enjoy an almost endless variety of activities and places to visit.

  • Emerald Bay, Vikingsholm mansion, Emerald Bay cruises
  • Eagle Falls trail
  • South Lake Tahoe beaches and Stateline, Nevada, casinos
  • Boat rentals, lake tours
  • Paddleboard rentals
  • Fishing, hiking, sight-seeing
  • Heavenly Valley or Squaw Valley gondola ride
  • Tallac Historic Site

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Water is in short supply during California's drought.

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 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. The Forest Service 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.

Campground Basics
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 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
Nearby attractions: Beach, paved bike trail, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, 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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