Whether you prefer a simple Lake Tahoe campground where you pitch your tent and make do (fun!) or one where many of your comforts are considered, you'll find exactly what you need in this area.
When you’re looking to combine high-amenity, serviced camping while still taking in all the activity Lake Tahoe can offer, Historic Camp Richardson may be your answer. Large, developed and popular, Camp Richardson offers great beaches and access to equipment for every type of water sport imaginable. A favorite spot for families with small children, Camp Richardson is long on kid-friendly activities and boasts a hard-to-beat location near Emerald Bay. Privately owned and operated, Camp Richardson offers more than 300 sites in two separate campgrounds. It is located on Highway 89, 2 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. Campsite amenities and prices vary. Visit www.camprichardson.com for information and reservations.
Just a short drive away from South Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake provides a quick getaway from the bustle and seasonal traffic of South Shore. The lake offers access to hiking and biking trails as well as fishing and small craft boating. The campground itself has 205 sites with firepits, and flush toilets and showers are also available. Fees are $20/night and $22/night on holidays. Turn off Highway 89 onto Fallen Leaf Lake Road to access the campground. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov.
Looking to get off the beaten path but still revel in Sierra Nevada majesty? Take a ride to Wrights Lake, 8 miles north of Highway 50 at Wrights Lake Road. Wrights Lake brims with outdoor activity: fly fishing, canoeing, thriving bird and wildflower life, spectacular mountain views and access to many Desolation Wilderness hiking trails. The campground offers 67 tree-shaded sites and vault toilets. Fees range from $20–$36/per night depending on site location and season. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov.
Natural waters have long been a holistic cure for many ailments. Judge for yourself by taking a road trip to Grover Hot Springs State Park and soaking in the hot pool and springs. Hiking trails and a trout creek run through the park, and early-season rafting is an option on the nearby East Fork of the Carson River. The state park hosts 76 sites with flush toilets and showers. Fees range from $15–25/per night depending on the season. The park is located 35 miles south of Lake Tahoe and 4 miles west of Markleevile at the end of Hot Springs Road.
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