Camp Richardson Campground

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay

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. Quiet Hours: 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM
  2. Bears: Store all food and scented items in bear-proof lockers provided at tent campsites.
  3. Wildlife: Please do not feed the wildlife.
  4. Campfires: Campfires only permitted in provided fire rings. Be sure fire is completely out before going to bed.

Camp Richardson Campground

Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina along the shore of South Lake Tahoe maintains a campground with more than 200 tent sites and a separate campground with more than 100 RV sites. Camp Richardson is next to Jameson Beach and near Pope Beach. The resort has a marina with boat rentals, lodging and dining, a Mountain Sports Center, and other shops. Nearby are popular attractions such as Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Taylor Creek Visitor Center.

The tent campground is arranged into two sections, one on either side of Highway 89. Badger's Den is on the lake side of the highway, while Eagle's Nest is directly across the highway on the inland side. In either campground, try to avoid campsites close to the road. The campgrounds are within easy walking distance of resort facilities and the lake. Single sites are limited to 2 tents. Willow Loop in Badger's Den has 16 double sites for up to 4 tents. No RVs, trailers, or generators are allowed in the tent camping areas. Check-in is at the RV campground kiosk.

The RV campground is directly across Highway 89 from the resort hotel. Included in the RV campground are 8 tent sites. The RV campsites have both water and electric hook-up sites and full hook-up sites. Check-in is at a kiosk at the campground entrance.

No pets are allowed in either the tent or the RV campground. Check-ins are not available after dark.

Campground Basics
Location: Highway 89, 2½ miles from South Lake Tahoe
Elevation: 6,250 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Sacramento - 106 miles
Number of Sites: 300+
Open - Closed:
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 for single sites, 2 for doubles
Pets: Pets are not allowed
Campground Information: (800) 544-1801
Camp Richardson Resort

Reservations available: year-round
Maximum RV/trailer Length: Not designated
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: All sites accessible
Fees: Tent Sites - $45 per night
RV Sites - $50 per night
Reservations: (800) 544-1801
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out 12:00 PM

Camp Richardson Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, bear-proof food locker (tent sites only), fire ring; partial or full hook-ups at RV sites
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Facilities: Resort with lodging and dining, marina, snack bar, store, ice cream parlor, coffee and confectio nary shop, Beacon Bar & Grill
Nearby attractions: Beaches, Mountain Sports Center with bike rentals, paved, 20-mile bike trail, hiking,
Tallac Historic Site,
Taylor Creek Visitor Center,
Trail Rides at Camp Richardson Corral,
Water Taxi to Round Hill Pines Resort Marina, Rum Runner Cruise to Emerald Bay, boat and stand-up paddleboard rentals,

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.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

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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