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

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 State Park Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and scented items must be stored in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Jumping or diving from shoreline rocks into the water is not permitted.
  3. Hikers must stay on marked trails.

Tahoe SRA Campground

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

Campground Basics
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
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 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: 24 feet
Accessible Sites: #6
Fees: $35
Reservations: Tahoe SRA Campground Reservations
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
Nearby attractions: Paved bike path leading 20 miles south along the west shore of Lake Tahoe, dock, fishing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding. Many rentals from bikes to kayaks available in Tahoe City.

Tips for Making Reservations

Campgrounds at popular parks 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.

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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