Tahoe State Recreation Area Camping

Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe


Tahoe State Reacreation Area Campground, Lake Tahoe

Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground

Lake Tahoe
Attractions and Activities

The beauty and wonders of Lake Tahoe attract people from around the world. Those who camp at the Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground are close to all the scenic destinations on Tahoe's north shore.

  • Spend a relaxing day at Kings Beach State Recreation Area with a sandy beach and covered picnic area.
  • Rent paddleboards and kayaks at Tahoe City Kayak.
  • Visit Squaw Valley for summer fun at the Base Area or take the gondola up to High Camp.
  • Try rafting on the Truckee River with Truckee River Rafting.
  • Drive up to historic Truckee for restaurants, shopping, and more.
  • Visit nearby Tallac Historic Site and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
  • 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.
  • Rent a boat for a day on the water, or sign up for a lake tours.
  • 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 Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs should be kept on leash and attended at all times.
  2. To avoid problems with bears, store food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.

Tahoe SRA Campground

Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground is located immediately east of Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe's northwest shore. The small sites are best for tents, although small trailers or RVs could fit. The campsites do not offer a great deal of privacy, but many have nice views of the lake.

Of the 23 campsites at Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground, 7 are designated as tent-only and the other 16 accept tents, small RVs, or small trailers See Reservations Tips below.

Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground Basics
Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground Location: On Highway 28, ¼-mile east of Tahoe City.
Elevation: 6,200 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Sacramento - 117 miles, 2:04
Number of Sites: 23
Open - Closed: late-May - early August
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 (no room in the park for additional vehicles)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (530) 583-3074

Reservations at Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open; first-come first-served possible for 1 night stays
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 24 feet
Accessible Sites: #6
Fees: $35
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Tahoe SRA Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Tahoe SRA Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Campground Map: Tahoe SRA Campground Map
Showers: Yes, coin operated
Dump station: No
Attractions near Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground: At Tahoe City find a paved bike path leading 20 miles south along the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy fishing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding. Many rentals from bikes to kayaks available in Tahoe City.

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.

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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