With 175-sites, General Creek Campground in Sugar Pine Point State Park is the largest of the three west shore state park campgrounds. Set in a pine and cedar forest, the campground is located across Highway 89 from the Sugar Pine Point's lakeside day use area and its beautiful stretch of beaches.
The campground lies next to General Creek and was the site for some Nordic events during the 1960 winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley. Staying true to its winter heritage, General Creek is one of the few Tahoe campgrounds that remains open year round, providing access to cross-country ski/snow shoe trails. During winter, the park maintains 16 campsites on a first-come, first-served basis along with a heated restroom.
During the busier summer months, campers enjoy nearly 2 miles of park beaches that are well suited for swimming and enjoying Tahoe's beautiful shoreline. Other park highlights include the elegant Ehrman Mansion and the Edwin L. Z’berg Natural Preserve. Connected by the Rod Beaudry Trail, campers can easily walk or bike between the campground and day use portion of the park. Additional trails offer plenty of opportunities for exploration. The General Creek Trail, which starts at the campground, heads southwest along General Creek and explores the quieter portions of Sugar Pine Point State Park. The trail is popular with hikers and mountain bikers in the summer and cross-country skiers in winter.
Given the large number of sites, General Creek typically has availability with the exception being peak summer weekends and holidays. It never hurts to have a reservation, but General Creek is your best bet when D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Park campgrounds are full, as they can often be in summer.
Leashed dogs are permitted within the General Creek Campground in developed areas and on paved roads and paths.