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Fallen Leaf Lake Campground

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • Fallen Leaf Lake with Desolation Wilderness beyond.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Mount Tallac from the beach at Fallen Leaf Lake.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Fallen Leaf Lake Campground.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Typical meadow view.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • One of several yurts in the campground.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Campground roads are old and narrow.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Sites are well spaced and large.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Campsite with a meadow view.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • The campground is set in meadows and ponderosa pine forest.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Ponderosa pines provide plentiful shade.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Path to Fallen Leaf Lake, a few hundred yards away.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • Local resident ground squirrel.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
  • There are many long pull-through sites.- Fallen Leaf Lake Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Very large and spacious campground. Very close to the lake. Near Desolation Wilderness hiking. Near Lake Tahoe.
Cons: 
Some roads and site pads have heavy damage. Very popular.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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The Forest Service campground at Fallen Leaf Lake is one of the best places to camp in the south Lake Tahoe area. Even though it is old and shows its age in the potholes and broken site pad pavement throughout the site, this is a marvelous campground for tent campers and RVs. Fallen Leaf Lake is a marvelous place to swim, fish, kayak or paddle, and it is just a short walk from the campsites at the south edge of the campground. Within a 20-minute drive are trailheads for the very popular Desolation Wilderness, many Lake Tahoe beaches and scenic sites, the city of South Lake Tahoe with it's amenities and Nevada-side casinos, and much more.

The campground itself is spread across numerous one-way loop roads that circle mixed forest and meadows. Many sites have meadow views, and some are located along Taylor Creek. There are full restrooms, showers, a camp store and an amphitheater. Some sites have very long pull-through driveways for any size RVs and lots of room for tents. This popular campground opens in mid-May and closes mid-October, and reservations are a must.

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