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South Lake Tahoe, California

Campground by the Lake

South Lake Tahoe, California



South Lake Tahoe, California
Phone: (530) 542-6096

Sites: 174
Recent Rate: $34 6/2016

Latitude: 38.941803608397
Longitude: -119.97310638428

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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19 Reviews

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C26
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Lake Tahoe is right across the road as are things like a laundromat and restaurants. There are nice sidewalks and bike paths available too.

There is a warning about THE PLAGUE from fleas, and warnings regarding your pet just to make your stay a bit more enjoyable!

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B Loop
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Lake Tahoe right across the street. Rent kayaks, canoes or bikes.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground (city owned) does not look as good as the website shows, but it is okay to stay in. What does this site have going for it?...location, location, location. This is right in the middle of South Lake Tahoe (about 100 yards from the lake) and a great place to use as your traveling point to go in any direction. Most of the sites do NOT have hookups, but a few have water & electric. There's a dump station on site. There are paved roads to dirt sites and lots of trees. No cable TV, but we somehow got our DISH satellite to work through a small opening in the trees. Rustic and basic, but due to the location, I might stay here again. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here for a week, right in the middle of town across from lake. This is run by the city; nice staff & check in gate for security but closes at 6pm for on site staff. Traffic is loud, and sites are close together. We had lots of tenters around us. Nothing against tents, but after a few days you get tired of looking at towels hanging on makeshift clotheslines. Also, each site has a fire pit, can get a little smoky with them all going at once. Our site had electric only and a community water faucet which was OK, but some people just hook up their hose and leave it like it's their own. There is a "honey wagon" that will dump your tank for $10; make a reservation for that at the front gate. They do have a dump station you can use on your way in or out. This park is old and could use a remodel on the facilities. Would not stay here again unless we could get a space with full hookups which appeared to have more privacy. We were able to get our space at the last minute so we couldn't get too choosy. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

First, they are now on an internet reservation system that allows you to reserve a year in advance. If you want to see the amazing "Lights on the Lake" fireworks, reserve now. Using the old phone system, we were able to get one of the last two spots on the day reservations opened; and it was no hook-up. There is a dump station inside the entrance. I assume you could fill up with drinking water at one of the many faucets: we brought our own in. The site (C24) was spacious and right next to the bike path and just a short walk to the lake. We were in "C" loop which just had a small restroom and no showers. A nice shower house was located in another loop (one that I believe had hook-ups). The staff was excellent and the Park was clean and quiet. Verizon cell and data worked well. We would return. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall, a decent park set amidst beautiful ponderosa pines. Our site was huge. Staff are very friendly. We were disappointed though to find that CalTrans was doing construction adjacent to the campground, so there was no beach access. The other drawback was the washrooms, or lack of: inadequate for a campground of this size. Every morning there were lineups, and in the washrooms there was clothes washing and all sorts of activities, kind of like a third world country. There are no sewer hookups but you can arrange with the office for a mobile RV dump to come to your site for a $10 fee. Nevertheless, if beach access could be guaranteed we will probably be back. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

The access road to the B loop was very tight due to numerous trees along the road. The B loop has electricity in each site and water faucets for roughly every three sites. The camp ground staff asks you not to hook up to the water faucets. The A loop has water and electricity in each site. This loop is much more big rig friendly. All of the rest of the loops have no hook ups. There is a dump station available when leaving that is free to campers. Our site was flat and level. The site was a combination of dirt and fine rock. A mat kept the inside of the trailer clean. The site was so flat I did not have to level side to side. The site had a picnic table, BBQ and fire pit. There was a good combination of sun and shade. It was very windy the last two days. The tops of the trees were really blowing but the camp ground had minimal wind. The Wi-Fi worked well at our site. AT&T cell phone service worked well. We were only able to get three TV channels using an antenna. The bathrooms were old but clean. Lake Tahoe was across the street from the camp ground and two traffic signals provided easy access to the lake. There was a nice dog walk / bike path that provided good walking and site seeing travel. All in all, this is an old camp ground with a good location that is staffed by friendly camp hosts. I would stay here again. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall the park was "nice", but a bit pricey for what you actually get. When we pulled up to check in, there was a traffic director to make sure that they don't miss out on a dime of revenue. We paid a total of $40.00 per night, but be very aware that no matter what spot you get, you will hear a very busy and noisy hwy 50. We would go back again, but not with the high expectations that we had on our first visit. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Large forested campground. Older but central location in South Lake Tahoe. Staff friendly and accommodating. Great for kids with playground and roads to ride their bicycles on. Tent sites and RV sites. RVs can have one tent also on site. Laundry is very POOR for a campground of this size. Plenty of washers and dryers but mostly broken and needing repair. Hard to call it a resort due to this sorely lacking feature. Wi-Fi available at a charge per day, or week. Fire rings also available at some sites or rented for $2.00 per day. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 145
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

Paid $35 base rate for E/W site, then another $1 per day for having a dog, and another $5 a day for having a tow car. They nickel and dime you to death, but it's a beautiful spot. There are lake-view sites, but they are right on Hwy 50 which is pretty busy so we wouldn't be interested. Sites are densely shaded and mostly level. The surface you park on is a combination of dirt and fine dust, and it sure does stick to one's shoes. We checked out the showers and refused to use them due to the community dressing area. The showers themselves were not large enough to bring one's clothes in and have them stay dry while showering, so that isn't an option. The showers were very dark, and while I won't say they were dirty, they gave me the creeps. Another option in the area is the NFS Fallen Leaf campground which we will try next time, although we liked this one enough to go back. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a very nice park. Campers were all quiet and respectful, within reason. Many bike trails/rides within immediate proximity. You can rent pedal boats and kayaks just across the street. Wi-fi worked smoothly for us. We had to wait in line a while to dump, upon checkout. The only negative was the water tasted awful! We used bottled! We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Great location! Lots of rules. Some don't make sense. Example: My wife drove our towed vehicle into park and had to pay $5.00 per day to park vehicle at our site. If we had towed it into the park it would have been free. Staff seemed very friendly. Also, very strict on 11:00 am checkout time, even when the camp was half full. We saw the park staff writing notes on campers that were as little as 15 minutes late to check out. We stayed in loop B which had only electric hookups. Water was shared between every 2 sites so it didn't cause any troubles. Also a honey wagon was available to pump out your black and gray water tanks for $10.00. The B loop is very tight to navigate with 35 foot class A. The pine trees are very close and make it difficult to drive around the loop, however with care it is possible. Overall a very good experience only improvement would be a little more flexibility on some of the rules especially if it doesn't negatively affect anybody's camping experience. We would camp here again if in the South Lake Tahoe area. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great campground, run by the city of South Lake Tahoe. All shaded under huge pine trees. Our site was level. Only E/W, but the dump station was convenient. We never heard any noise from the highway. As someone said, the WiFi was slow, but worked. Would definitely recommend and return. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2008 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

They have only water and electric, but there is a general dumpster station. Leveled site. Large trees and great view of Lake Tahoe. Free wireless internet is slow, but works. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

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