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Campground by the Lake

South Lake Tahoe, California


1150 Rufus Allen Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
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Sites: 174
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.94180
Longitude: -119.97311

Elevation: 6256' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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27 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We thought the campground was great. Our site was large and open. Being in "B" loop we were closest to the road but didn't feel it was loud or intrusive. There are plenty of good bike trails nearby. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B032
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We went to hike Eagle Falls but it was too crowded. Couldn't even find parking. We back tracked a couple miles toward town and hiked Cascade Falls. Wonderful views and a great hike for kids.

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Review Count: 106
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

nice level site with plenty of room. Some road noise during day but not a problem at night. close to everything. Your paying for location, not amenities. Would not hesitate to stay again. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
a6
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 87
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We showed up an hour before check-in, but they let us in anyway. The staff were not as friendly as most other places we've visited, but they were not rude either. The campsites are beautiful with many mature trees. However, the sites are small and we had to share a water pedestal with several other sites. We had 30 amp electrical, but no sewer. The neighbors were loud and the sound of traffic was louder than expected as well. The restrooms were dirty and there was no soap dispenser. There was no air or cable TV. The site is pretty much in the middle of town and it only takes a few minutes to walk to the beach. It is also just a short drive to many great hiking areas. However, we would probably not return to this park, mainly because of the high cost. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go hiking around Emerald Bay, which is around a 15 minute drive to the northwest. You get a beautiful view of the lake and there are many waterfalls and interesting land formations to explore.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground just across the street from the lake. Our site had plenty of room between us and our neighbor. Some spots were tight to drive through with a big rig (lots of trees lining the road), but we took it slow and made it through just fine (43' fifth wheel). The bike path is right by the campground, so it is easy to hop on and ride to your destination. Restrooms were very clean, and bug-free (which makes our kids very happy!). Wifi didn't work well at all. There were two dump stations, and it was too small for us to easily get in and out of. We ended up backing out, as we would have hit either the fence or the station signs/pipes trying to pull through. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Emerald Bay is close by. Eagle Lake is a beautiful day hike.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed for couple of days, campground right by the lake. Overall good but sites are very close by. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This is a local City Park frequented by tent campers and other short stay guests. Unfortunately, the camp is right on the main road with no security, and we frequently saw sketchy homeless and/or people who did not 'belong' walking through and along the lake side. Roads in are asphalt paved, with many tall trees, but passable with care. Satellite Dish signal was hit or miss; Line of Site would be highly site dependent. All sites are dirt/sand. Our pull in was level. We were in 'A' loop with water and 50A electric. No sites have sewer. Utilities were older but worked satisfactorily. Scanned for TV and got 1 local 'Lake Tahoe' OTA station. Bathrooms and showers were filthy, with bare concrete floors and stained steel walls. Shower water was plentiful and hot. We saw no sign of any maintenance or cleaning. Toilets were in need of service. Mornings brought the whiff of stale urine and feces. There is no working WiFi. Their WiFi Access Point reported a consistent 'Cannot find a valid network to join' error message from setup.meraki.com throughout our stay. We were unable to connect to any other free WiFi from our camp site. The advertised 'Camp Store' was closed, and did not look like it had been opened for years. There was plenty of walking space for our small dog. The campsites themselves are wide with a lot of room in between. Each site features a raised BBQ pit, fire ring and worn but serviceable picnic table. Wood for fires is available from the Camp Checkin Kiosk, according to the guide. Many of the tent sites during our visit had campfires. Generally, the camp has a pleasant shaded feel from the numerous tall trees. It is within walking distance to the Lake front, Restaurants and Grocery Stores, as well as the Public Beach. We would only stay here again if there was no other option. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A Loop
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 443
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 111

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is the county park in a prime location in South Lake Tahoe. The sites are situated in the tall Fir trees and is attractive. There are 178 campsites and some with water and electricity. Most look level, the one we had was not level but it was the exception. Loops A and B have some sites with nice views of the lake and the mountains. The showers need to be updated and there were only three showers for women that were not private at all. We were in Loop A but closer to the office. The advantage to our site was that we were far from the noise of the traffic. I can not imagine the traffic in the summer. I think this campground is expensive even though you are near to everything - the lake, bike trails, restaurants and some of the casinos. There is skiing in town in back of the casinos and when we were there some people were snowboarding/skiing and yet swimming in Lake Tahoe. They have changed their reservation policy and since March of this year reserveamerica.com will handle all their reservations. You had to try to call the office before so I think this is a good change. This campground is booked for most of the summer but if you can not get in, there are five Forest Service campgrounds located around the lake. One of them is just about a mile or two east of the town and there is another one west of the town. These are mostly booked as well for the summer season. One thing I did not like was that they charged extra for our dog per day and this information was not on their website or the Reserve America site. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
A Loop
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

It's Lake Tahoe, how could I rate it any less.

We stayed from 9/3016 to 10/3/16 upon check in male volunteer clerk was not such a friendly fellow, I was disorganized and when I returned with the required info he stated"oh it's you"... anyway no way to treat customers or people. We camped at Campground by the Lake in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B16
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Hiking, biking, walking, gambling. Do not miss Fallenleaf lake a jewel in the crown... my two labradoodles know it by name and act like kids ever time we get near it, it's that special.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 27
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

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: 46
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 8

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: 55
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 13

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: 48
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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