The 15 Best Campgrounds and RV Parks in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of America’s favorite destinations all year round. Whether you’re there for swimming and hiking in the summertime or skiing and snowshoeing in winter, this unique and beautiful lake, which straddles the borders of California and Nevada, makes for a beautiful place to visit — especially in motorhome or travel trailer.

Being such a popular destination, however, does mean that Lake Tahoe has a whole slew of camping options to choose from. Whether you’re after a luxurious, private, resort-style stay or a simple and affordable public camping option right on the lake’s shoreline, in this post, we’ll walk you through the very best camping near Lake Tahoe.

North Lake Tahoe RV Parks and Campgrounds

The north shore of Lake Tahoe is studded with quaint lakeside communities, as well as the slightly larger town of Truckee adjacent to Donner Memorial State Park. here are the best RV camping options in the north Lake Tahoe area.

1. Coachland RV Park – Truckee, California

Although it’s not nestled directly on Lake Tahoe’s shore, Coachland RV Park offers visitors a convenient place to stay that’s accessible to both the lake itself and other area attractions, such as Donner Memorial State Park and several Truckee golf courses. This private campground offers full hookups with extras like digital cable and wireless internet included in your accommodation fee. All sites are pull-thrus, so you don’t have to worry about any hairy back-ins after a long day of driving, and several of the manicured sites are available for monthly rentals, pending availability.

Hookups: Yes; full with up to 50 amps of service
Other Amenities: Clubhouse with fully-equipped kitchen, bath house, dog park, playground, laundry facilities, propane filling station, dump station, RV washing station
Price: Vary seasonally, but start at $45 daily. See full details here.

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2. Truckee River RV Park – Truckee, California

A fully-equipped, private RV park tucked into a beautiful landscape, Truckee River RV Park is surrounded by rolling hills and studded with stunning local California flora. Full hookups are a given, but visitors will also benefit from the on-site general store, deli, shower, and laundry facilities, as well as its convenient location just minutes from all of the excitement of the Lake Tahoe area.

The lakeside is only 18 miles away, and you can reach Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Northstar California Ski Resort, and a whole host of hiking, biking, and other outdoor recreation opportunities in a matter of just 20-25 minutes. Boating and whitewater rafting on the Truckee River itself are also popular options; long story short, there really is something for just about everyone.

Hookups: Yes; full with up to 50 amps of service
Other Amenities: On-site general store with deli and propane sales; bath house, laundry facilities
Price: $52-$57 per night and $325-$360 weekly; see full details here.

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3. Silver Creek Campground – Truckee, California

With good proximity to both Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley, Silver Creek Campground is a solid choice for campers traveling with smaller RVs (24 feet in length or less). Although hookups are not available, the campground offers sites equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings with grill fittings, making whipping up your favorite meal easy. (There are also bear-resistant food lockers to keep your treats safe from the local wildlife!)

Hookups: No
Other Amenities: Picnic tables, campfire rings with grills, vault toilets, water spigots, bear-resistant food lockers
Price: $20 per night

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4. Goose Meadow Campground –  Truckee, California

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Located conveniently approximately halfway between Tahoe City and Truckee, Goose Meadow Campground is a state-run camping option which doesn’t offer hookups, but does have vault toilets, drinking water, and direct access to the Truckee River — a favorite destination for fly fishers. Limited turnaround space means this campground is best utilize by RVers driving rigs of 30 feet or less in length.

Hookups: No
Other Amenities: Picnic tables, campfire rings with grills, vault toilets, water spigots, bear-resistant food lockers
Price: $22 per night

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5. Lake Forest Campground – Tahoe City, California

Looking for a public camping option just blocks away from Lake Tahoe beachfront? Lake Forest Campground is a Placer County property that offers no-frills camping on a first-come, first-served basis. While amenities are few and far between, you can’t beat the location or the price at this property — and the bare-bones basics, like pumpable water and on-site restrooms, are available. Besides, you’ll be spending all your time by the lake anyway; who cares if your home base is a little basic?

Hookups: No
Other Amenities: Portable restrooms; pumpable water
Price: $20 per night

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6. Tahoe State Recreation Area – Tahoe City, California

Another public camping option near the lake, Tahoe State Recreation Area is a state-run campground that offers 23 campsites for those traveling in small travel trailers or motorhomes (trailers may be no more than 15 feet in length, and motorhomes may be up to 21 feet). While there are no electric hookups, generators are allowed to be run between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., and there’s also a scenic bike path that leads campers into town offering sweeping lakeside views along the way. Showers and restrooms are also available for registered campers only; bear-resistant food lockers are also provided. Reservations are recommended, and can be made online.

Hookups: No
Other Amenities: Restrooms and showers for registered campers, picnic tables and fire pits, bike path, bear-resistant food lockers
Price: Varies seasonally

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7. William Kent Campground – Tahoe City, California

Located directly on Lake Tahoe’s scenic western shore, William Kent Campground is another state-run camping option that combines killer views with a great price. The campground offers more than 80 sites, each of which enjoys shade cover from pine, cedar, and fir trees — and there’s also fresh drinking water available, as well as accessible flush toilets, picnic tables, barbecue grills, campfire pits and more. You can also choose to stay in a cabin or yurt if you don’t bring an RV!

Hookups: No
Other Amenities: Accessible flush toilets, potable water, fire pits with grill fittings, barbecue grills, picnic tables, bear-resistant food lockers
Price: RV sites are $31 per night with an additional $2 surcharge on holidays; nonelectric cabins and yurts are $79 nightly.

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South Lake Tahoe RV Parks and Campgrounds

As lovely as the north shore of Lake Tahoe is, there’s also a whole lot to see on its southern rim. Here are some of our favorite camping options in the South Lake Tahoe area.

8. Edwin Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park – Tahoma, California

Open to trailers of up to 26 feet in length and motorhomes up to 32 feet, the campground at Edwin Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is a favorite for campers hoping to take advantage of the area’s winter activities. The park offers 11 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails — and was also the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics!

Sites are available during the winter months, though it’s more limited than it is in the summertime. While there are no hookups available, sites are only a 15 minute walk from the water, and the campground offers a dump station, fire pits, picnic tables, flush toilets, and excellent access to recreational opportunities.

Hookups: No
Other Amenities: Flush toilets, showers, dump station, ADA accessibility, fire rings, picnic tables
Price: $25 per night in winter; $35 per night during the on season

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9. D. L. Bliss State Park – Emerald Bay, California

While closed during the off-season, when summer’s in full swing, D. L. Bliss State Park is another stellar, affordable public camping option for those traveling in smaller rigs. Although it’s only open to trailers of up to 15 feet and campers of up to 18 feet in length, its central location is a major attraction. Follow a steep two-mile hike to the beaches or an easy one-mile to the Visitor Center. You may run your generator from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and leashed, well-behaved dogs are permitted except where otherwise noted.

Hookups: No
Other Amenities: Access to nature trails, paved roads, bear-resistant food lockers
Price: $45 per night for beach camp; $35 per night for all others

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10. Meeks Bay Campground – Meeks Bay, California

Situated between the Sugar Point and D. L. Bliss State Parks, Meeks Bay Campground is directly on the western shore of Lake Tahoe — and is an excellent no-frills camping option for those who are able to access it. Maximum vehicle length is only 20 feet, but if you’re going small, you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy campfires and immediate beach access, as well as flush toilets.

Hookups: No
Other Amenities: Flush toilets, campfire pits, drinking water
Price: Varies seasonally

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11. Meeks Bay Resort and Marina – Meeks Bay, California

Want a private, resort-style option in the Meeks Bay area? The Meeks Bay Resort and Marina boasts full-hookup campsites which also feature picnic tables, fire rings, and food lockers.

Since the campground is part of a larger resort, you’ll also have access to the on-site bath houses, the Wa-She-Shu Grille, and the rotating schedule of exciting on-site events. Oh, and it’s right next to the lake, of course, meaning you’ll never run out of adventure options!

Hookups: Yes; full with up to 50 amps of service
Other Amenities: Bath house with restrooms and showers, on-site resort amenities like a restaurant and store, organized events and gatherings
Price: Varies seasonally from $30 per night to $50 per night

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12. Camp Richardson – South Lake Tahoe, California

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The historic Camp Richardson resort and marina gives campers the opportunity to walk to a private Lake Tahoe beach, and also has its own equipment rentals, general store and deli, ice cream parlor, coffee shop and more. There’s even an on-site water taxi to take you to other points of interest around the lake… and, of course, full-service hookups that’ll make you feel right at home during your vacation.

Hookups: Yes; full and partial hookups available with up to 30 amps of service
Other Amenities: On-site restaurants, coffee shops, general store and deli; equipment rentals; water taxi; dump station
Price: $60-$70 per night depending on site type and weekday; add $7 per night on holiday weekends

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13. Tahoe Valley Campground – South Lake Tahoe, California

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A Thousand Trails resort, Tahoe Valley Campground offers resort-style accommodations for RV campers whether you’re in Tahoe to explore the sunny summer shores or sparkling winter slopes. Along with its breathtaking views, the resort also boasts top-of-the-line amenities like a swimming pool, playground, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball, on-site fishing, and laundry facilities.

Hookups: Yes; full with up to 50 amps of service
Other Amenities: Cable TV and wifi, flush toilets, showers on-site store, recreational and sports areas, swimming pool, playground, laundry facilities
Price: Varies; contact campground for full details

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14. Chris Haven Mobile Home & RV Community – South Lake Tahoe, California

Offering 96 full-hookup sites, the Chris Haven Mobile Home & RV Community is the perfect spot to settle on Lake Tahoe, whether you’re visiting for a few days or a few months. Amenities include shower facilities, wireless internet and cable TV, and the campground is conveniently located to public transit and the local airport.

Hookups: Yes; full
Other Amenities: Restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, wifi, cable
Price: Varies; contact campground for full details

Click here to see RVshare rentals near South Lake Tahoe, California.

15. Zephyr Cove Resort – Zephyr Cove, Nevada

Not all of the best Lake Tahoe campgrounds are on the California side! Zephyr Cove Resort is located in the Nevada community of the same name, and treats its guests to killer views as well as luxurious amenities that’ll have you kicking back and feeling like you’re on vacation in no time. Campground amenities include laundry facilities, outdoor patio furniture at the campground office, vending machines, cable, and wifi access in shared spaces. You’ll also be able to meander around the rest of the resort, which includes a marina, snowmobile tours, and more.

Hookups: Yes; full with up to 50 amps of service
Other Amenities: Restrooms and showers, some of which have universal access; vending machines; cable hookups; free wifi in restaurant and lobby; laundry facilities
Price: Varies; contact campground for full details

Click here to see RVshare rentals near Zephyr Cove, Nevada.

Lake Tahoe FAQs

Now that we’ve covered the very best places to camp on Lake Tahoe, let’s finish out the article by answering a few of your most frequently-asked questions about this area!

Can you camp anywhere in Lake Tahoe?

As you can see from the list above, there are plenty of places to go camping in Lake Tahoe — but that doesn’t mean you can just pull over to the side of the road and camp anywhere! Although boondocking is an amazing way to see the world and save money, it’s all too easy to find yourself on private, unmarked land… with an angry somebody knocking on your door and asking you to please move. Since there are so many camping options available in the area, you may as well stick to one of the specified campsites, whether public or private. There’s an option for every budget and travel desire in Lake Tahoe!

How do you camp at Lake Tahoe?

It’s easy! You simply choose a campground, make a reservation for a campsite, and hit the road. And by the way, if you still need to reserve your rental vehicle, no problem! RVshare had a wide variety of travel trailers and motorhomes available directly from our network of trusted owners. Click here to see the RVshare rental vehicles available in your area.

Can you go swimming in Lake Tahoe?

Absolutely! Swimming and other watersports are one of the biggest draws to this area, so if it’s warm enough, go ahead and have fun.

Enjoy your Lake Tahoe camping trip!

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