26 Parks near South Lake Tahoe, California
Jul 2016 - $98.00
This is an above average KOA but the price is above average as well. It it is Lake Tahoe! It is located right beside Hwy 50 and you do hear road noise. The sites are on dirt the road is paved and a little tight in spots and some sites would be a big challenge to park big rigs. Here are many tent sites and a few pull-throughs the rest are back-ins. The staff is friendly and quick to respond to any questions or concerns. This is bear country but we didn't see or hear of any while we were there. We had a site that had the small river behind us so the pleasant sound was awesome. I would have rated this park higher but the price was just too steep. - MJHP*28
Aug 2015 - $20.00
The rate is based on Thousand Trails Elite membership using Encre Ready Camp Go. Sites are dirt, fairly level. Only a handful of satellite friendly sites and most were occupied by camp workers. Ovet the air reception was ok and cable as well but mostly basic channels. Family oriented and packed on weekends. Bears are a nuisance and get into garbage nightly. The disposal company does not provide bear proof dumpsters. Nice store, planned activities, decent pool but to cold for me. Staff excellent. Close to everything. Mid week the park is very quiet. We had site 306, that had low voltage. Fortunately we were able to plug in to box behind otherwise would have had to move. Park electrician had not made repair after 4 days. - venice
Sep 2014 - $67.00
The rate advertised is not what we paid because of the extra charges. There is a $5 per day pet fee for each pet. When we ask what we get for the $5 no one could tell us. OH, you also pay extra for each child over a certain age. The park is full of pine tar. I had to clean my dog's paws every time we took him for a walk because he would have pine tar stuck between his pads. The Internet is only free for 1 hour in every 24 hours. To use it after your free hour it will cost you $3 per day per device. So, if you have a pet or a child over a certain age and have two devices you would like to connect to the Internet your rate increases by $11 per day. The sites are paved, with dirt side yards. The sites themselves are adequate but you will only have 30 amp service. If the price was not so high and they did not charge for all the extras I would have given this a slightly better rating. - joepi
Jun 2016 - $55.00
We had a premium site that was level and long enough for or rig. Paved interior roads but dirt sites. Only had 30 amp service and it was hot but only able to run 1 AC. Pool was clean a b d temp was good. Super friendly staff and very accommodating. Was nice but 50 amp and paved sites would earn it a 10. Caught the restrooms just before cleaning. - signaloil
Apr 2016 - $35.00
We made our reservation via their website, selecting a 50 amp FHU "prime" spot. Upon arrival, we were assigned a non-"prime" 30 amp site. After several minutes of near argument with the check-in staff person about "not needing a 50 amp site" he reluctantly changed our site to what we needed and had already paid for. Even though this part of the facility is open year around the water to our site was turned off and it took some effort to get staff to come turn it on. The sites in this section are close together and all dirt.
This facility is showing it's age. There are large potholes in the access roads and a number of bumps caused by frost-heaves and tree roots. The roadways wind through the trees but if you take it slow and are cautious most rigs can probably navigate them. The non-prime sites in the area we camped are generally 40' long and back up to another 40' site. They will be cramped if there are two long rigs back to back. The "prime" sites are back-in sites generally on the outside perimeter.
We have stayed here before but this will be the last time for us. - Saggio
Nov 2015 - $19.00
Access from US50 via "C" Street takes you directly to the CG entrance. Roads are asphalt, sites are hard sand and mostly level. Utilities are well placed, there are pedestal BBQ grill stands and some sites have fire bowls. There are pine trees, some satellite access, HDTV good signal. Part of the CG closes for the winter. There are a few long term residents here but their sites are tidy. Restrooms were okay, certainly not sparkling clean, didn't use the showers. "The Pit" is a group BBQ area used by the staff while we were there for a Chamber of Commerce function and campers were invited to attend, free of charge. South Lake Tahoe is gearing up for the winter ski season. There are stores, shops and restaurants to chose from, some in California, some in Nevada. - SilverBear
Aug 2008 - $30.00
We would give a higher rating if the bathrooms were ever cleaned, This is an older family campground used by tents and some trailers. For $30 a night we have been to cleaner RV parks.Keep in mind it is a Camp Ground. however, even State Park Camp Grounds are cleaner. overall a good place for families with kids. - TabStream
Jun 2016 - $34.00
After a long drive from Yosemite NP we found this park for the night. Our site wad very large and level although without any hookups. There is a nearby restroom and shower facilities but we were pretty much self-sufficient. We were fairly close to US Rt. 50 which meant road noise throughout the night but it was tolerable. We did the self check-in so we can't comment on the staff. If we ever return to this area we would use this place but would try to make reservations ahead of time. - KC8RXQ
Jun 2016 - $34.00
We have camped here several times over a 20+ year period. We have had enjoyable visits in the past, but our latest was just adequate. The park is set among mature Ponderosa pines, which are beautiful, but maneuvering a large rig through them takes care. We saw several people having problems! The location is a mixed blessing. It is convenient to town services, and the beautiful Lake Tahoe with a nice beach is right across the road. The downside is the constant noise from busy route 50. We are full timers and travel in a 40' motorhome and pull a truck carrying an ATV and a motorcycle. I was not allowed to unload my motorcycle, as only 2 vehicles per site are allowed. The motorhome counts as one, and the truck counts as another. It makes no difference that the truck was towed in and there were only the two of us on the site. We had a site on the perimeter of the campground and there was a constant flow of people walking and riding bikes through our site to get to the road. I have been camping and RVing for 50 years, and have never seen so many rude and inconsiderate people. Based on this experience, you might want to avoid a site on the perimeter by the highway. All things considered, I don't think we will be in any hurry to return. - Boundertom
Sep 2015 - $35.00
Really pretty park. We stayed in the B loop at the noise from HWY 50 wasn't unbearable. Nice trails lead off to across the street to beautiful Lake Tahoe. We will definitely stay again. - longlivethebullies
Sep 2014 - $40.00
There is no camp host, the spots are not clearly marked and when you finally find someone to ask, that person has no idea. The reception that checks you in has no idea how their camp site looks like and they gave us a very small site, absolutely not suitable for the motorhome we drive. There is no maintenance done and there is nobody checking and patrolling the campground for quiet hours and abuse. - Palazzo fan
May 2013 - $40.00
It seems like this place is used as a cash cow for the operators. $40 is mighty steep for simple 30A & water. It is all about location & demand. The CG is old & appears not to have any upgrades since it was opened. No such thing as a level site. Interior roads are rutted. Most sites are large but difficult to tell where one ends & another begins. The good is the beautiful setting & we happened to have a very helpful young man at the hotel front desk. - Veebyes
Jun 2012 - $45.00
The location is about all this campground has going for it. The site was unlevel in every direction. While our site was extremely large, it was very hard to get into due to trees on either side of the entrance. The guy at the registration hut was not very helpful. You had to buy tokens for the bathrooms so we did not use them. No laundry facilities either. The sites were wooded but very dusty. They allow ATV's and mini bikes that were noisy and kicked up a lot of dust. Quiet hours are not enforced. Amenities such as the ice cream shop close early. - L'john
May 2016 - $33.00
We enjoyed our stay and had a lovely campsite. The cg was nearly empty as we were there for the first week days after opening for the season. There are 206 sites so probably a bit noisier when full. Because we are a big rig we had limited options in site selection so we were in site 4 which has the entrance road behind and the main cg road in front but still enjoyed nice peace and quiet. The sites vary in size and degree of level and spacing. The campground environment is beautiful with lots of really large trees. There are flush toilets and pay showers. There is an rv water fill but for some reason it is located at the exit to the cg. You need to check in and drive all the way around to reach it. We did not fill our tank so I cannot comment on how well it worked.
South Lake Tahoe is only a few miles away so if in need of civilization or supplies, it is a quick trip. - PBuds
May 2016 - $16.00
We are full-timers who have stayed at literally dozens of national forest, national park, and state park campgrounds, and Fallen Leaf Lake is by far one of the very best. In a nice change of pace, the builders of this campground didn't crowd the sites on top of each other, but left plenty of space between sites, especially around the perimeter of the campground. The setting is mostly ponderosa pine forest sprinkled with open meadows and many sites look out upon the meadows and forest with barely any sign of other campers. Yes, the roads and many of the sites pads are uneven and broken, but I wouldn't say they are much worse than average for this type of campground. Fallen Leaf Lake is just a short walk from the south side of the campground, and the sites at this end are the most popular. We had a 100-foot pull through which had some broken pavement, but once we got settled it was spectacularly beautiful, private, and five minutes' walk to the crystal clear lake where our dog could swim and we could sit and gaze at the snow-covered mountains surrounding it. Tremendously convenient, the campground was 15 minutes to shopping, restaurants and every service you could want; and for those inclined, about 25 minutes to the Nevada casinos.
I don't give many "10" ratings on this site, but Fallen Leaf Lake deserves it! - MrSunshine
May 2016 - $15.00
First, I believe the ratings are a bit inflated. Let's start with the cons first. While this park is in as beautiful a setting as you could ever ask for...it is an old park. The roads to the park is old asphalt with potholes, some quite large as well as deep. The roads thru the park are narrow and very windy through the beautiful tall pines. The pull thru sites are tight on account of the trees and to say that half are far out if level would not be an exaggeration. We drive a 37' motorhome into the park...
carefully!!! While the park was close to being full there was but one other Class A in the entire park. The bathrooms are old and yes, clean for their age, cold wtr. and no towels. The pros are strictly related to the beauty of the park. I would say nothing longer than 24' and even that can cause problems IF you don't already know the park. I rate this park a 7.5 max if you have a smaller Class C or less than 24' pull unit. - Sweatlife
Sep 2012 - $34.00
This is a typical Federal campground with one big plus: it is right on Lake Tahoe with a very nice sandy beach. This campground underwent a major renovation last year with newly paved, expanded sites. Sites are reasonably level and have a fire ring, BBQ and large table. There is a two tier price system. Those sites closest to the lake, designated as “Lake” in Reserve America and Recreation.gov, are $34 per night. Those a little further away, designated “FORE” for forest, are $30 per night. Many of the forest sites have good views of the lake through the pines, however. There are a couple of good hiking/biking paths leading through the adjacent forest and meadows. Bathrooms have flush toilets but no showers are available. Good cell service. No Wi-Fi, although I picked up a signal from a near-by hotel that did not require a password but I was unable to connect. My air card worked fine. Because of the trees, satellite reception will depend on your site. The two campground hosts do an outstanding job of keeping everything clean and tidy. Ordinarily I do not give a dry camping campground higher than 8 stars but the location outweighs the even the lack of showers. - Arn
Apr 2016 - $42.00
The campground is across the road from the rest of the resort. We walked the entire campground for exercise after a long drive. The grounds are pretty but the sites are very close together with little to zero privacy. Most of the tent sites are right on top of each other. The restrooms and showers each are individual rooms. The restrooms are very basic. The showers are in serious need of updating. They have concrete floors, some wall damage and old defunct coin machines. The resort does have a lake front beach and is located in a beautiful location. It was very pleasant walking the campground, there is a light so it is easy to cross the highway to get to the main part of the resort and the lake. We had a nice breakfast in the resort restaurant. - 2togoNebraska
Sep 2015 - $86.00
We unfortunately got caught without a reservation on a weekend. The name caught our attention, and having had experience with the resort itself felt that the $82 nightly charge was high, but considering it was at the resort we made reservations for two nights. As we arrived, we discovered the RV spots were across the street in a rustic campground, not the resort.
Note the reservation was taken by the off-site central booking agency Amamark; on arrival we found they had double booked us. The desk clerk,made us call the reservation number again to confirm we had made a reservation. Finally the other clerk, drove around and found an empty slot, the last one in the campground.
Worst camping experience ever, never could get the unit leveled. Note picture of picnic table which had been previously leveled by a big rock - totally unsafe. When we checked with adjacent camper as to why we couldn't get the cable to work we were told the front desk should have given you a converter box. When I walked back all the way down the hill, the desk clerk told me she had forgotten to tell us about that and had we called we could have saved us a walk down and back up the hill. So we couldn't watch TV that night. Tried for a good hour to connect with WiFi, and when asked the same clerk about it she told us, well you are in the trees.
We were so fed up that we checked out a day early. When asked about a credit because we didn't get the cable and WiFi we had asked for when we booked, we were told those were "free" services they gave us. - RetiredUSN
Jul 2015 - $70.00
This RV park had excellent rating. I'm wondering who actually wrote the reviews. Staff was helpful. Made reservations online through the resort website. Glitch in program and I was put down for a tent site. I called a couple of weeks before the trip and verified my reservations stating that it was for a RV. They did find me a site that even for a short RV it was almost impossible to back into. They are so crammed together we couldn't put out our and people beside us had to pull in there awning. The worst part is the noise from the highway. With all windows closed and earplugs in you can still hear the cars 24 hrs a day. Not worth the money for retired people. - YellowstoneBison
Jul 2014 - $38.00
We loved this RV/tent park! Almost all the sites have water, sewer, and power. Some of the 'walk-in' tent sites don't have any amenities except gorgeous views. The host is fantastic! Very helpful and very friendly, as is Ryder, the host dog. All of the sites are spacious and nice. Some of the lower sites are right on the Carson River, but all are within walking distance of great fishing. There are restrooms and showers in the lower campground. If you are in the upper campground be aware that it's a longish and steep walk to the restrooms and showers! During business hours the cafe has a restroom available...but not in the middle of the night. There is some road noise from Highway 88 but at night it's very quiet. All sites have a fire pit and a picnic table- but at this time you can only use the fire pit at night since they are in a drought season. No fires during the day! The cafe is awesome- great meals and amazing pies, cookies and scones baked all day. There is also a small store with ice, some supplies and cold drinks. Sorensen's is 1/4 mile away and has a full restaurant. Everyone is very helpful and nice. We loved staying here but we aware that there is no phone service at all. Wi-Fi is available at the cafe during the day but very spotty. Sorensen's has Wi-Fi and no phone service. We will be back. Wonderful place! - Michelelyl
Jun 2014 - $48.00
Small hillside/creek site in wooded valley. Eric was very friendly host. Pretty quiet site. Didn't use restrooms or showers so don't know about them. Really enjoyed a coffee and home-made scone and cake at the bar by the entrance. Would return if in the area. - visitor to usa
Jul 2013 - $42.00
Pleasant campground in an incredible setting. Coming in on Hwy 88 from the West, it's not the first "Sorensens" venue. Each driver in our party made the same mistake. It's the second "Sorensens". At first we thought we made a mistake booking this campground. Quite the opposite! The beautiful trees and sounds from the Carson River made this an unforgettable journey. Sites 13 and 14 are the largest. Our 31 foot 5th wheel fit just fine in 14. The road is in need of some smoothing out. Beware that road has no turnaround. The campground manager is friendly and helpful. The cafe and store convenient. Would return here again. - Maltaman
Aug 2015 - $20.00
This is a beautiful campground way off the beaten path. The road to the campground has numerous pot holes and and at points is nearly single lane; be forewarned. Also watch for the signs going in, because they are easy to miss. The sites are fairly level, asphalt and surrounded by tall pines. There is a fair amount of room between campsites and large meadows behind most of the campsites. It was very quiet while we were there. There are no showers; all the bathrooms are fairly clean with pit toilets. There is water from spigots around the campground; we were told that filling your fresh water tank directly from a spigot is forbidden (and if a ranger sees you doing it you can be fined); this may be related to the current California drought. If you arrive with an empty fresh water tank, you can fill up a water container and pour it into your tank but depending on the size of your container, this could take a number of trips and be pretty exhausting (remember a gallon of water weighs 8.3 lbs so a 6 gallon container will weigh nearly 50 lbs.) The lake is very close by and you can launch non-powered water craft at the beach. We didn't do any fishing, but I would assume it is good. There is a trail that goes around the lake; you can hike it in about an hour; if you're adventurous, you could do it on a mountain bike. There were no mosquitoes while we were there but some yellow jacket wasps. One thing that was a surprise: we were camped under some very tall pines and squirrels would drop pine cones on the top of our trailer, often from a considerable height. This was something we had never experienced before; made a loud noise but no damage. There is a visitor information center, but no one was there and there is no camp host. They have a map of the site when you drive in, but no maps that you can take with you (you can download one from the USDA site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsbdev7_018799.pdf) - neuronz