Luther Campground

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Luther Campground


  • Each site has a bear locker, a table, and a fire pit.- Luther Campground
  • Typical site in Luther Campground.- Luther Campground
  • Campsites here are well separated for the most part.- Luther Campground
  • Most campsites are a very short walking distance from a parking area.- Luther Campground
  • Jeffrey Pines populate most of the campground and provide shade.- Luther Campground
  • A trail leads to the nearby creek.- Luther Campground
  • This campground is technically dispersed, but cars can park close to most sites.- Luther Campground
  • The road leading out of the campground.- Luther Campground
  • Perhaps the largest and most remote site here.- Luther Campground
  • The last rays of daylight illuminate nearby peaks.- Luther Campground
Overview + Weather
Free campground. Near Lake Tahoe. Large, spacious sites.
Tons of wasps. Can get rowdy at night. No potable water. Sites are dispersed.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

Campground Description


Luther Campground lies only a few miles from South Lake Tahoe, and therefore it is a great place to stay for travelers on a budget. This campground is free to all users and has a seven-consecutive-day stay limit. Just up the road lies the Big Meadow Trailhead, a parking area for backpackers and hikers doing part or all of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Campsites here are considered dispersed, as there are no parking spurs adjacent to the sites, but the walk to each campsite is no greater than 50 yards. Several of the sites are well detached from others, offering a bit of privacy and seclusion. There is no potable water; however, Big Meadow Creek runs nearby and provides a source of water for purification. 

Yellow jackets tend to be a problem here and will constantly buzz around any food that is not in a closed container. These insects are generally non-aggressive and will not sting unless provoked, though it is best to exercise caution, especially if a party member is allergic.

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