Open Year-round
Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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City of South Lake Tahoe’s Campground by the Lake is a large campground located just across the street from Lake Tahoe and El Dorado Beach, and within walking distance of many shops, eateries and attractions of South Lake Tahoe. The campground is open seasonally, usually April through October. Click here for information about reservations.

Campground by the Lake offers 178 campsites. Although privacy is somewhat lacking, the sites are nice and well shaded. The urban setting of this campground may be a drawback for many, and traffic noise from Lake Tahoe Boulevard is a constant.

A variety of campsites are available including those with electric and water hookups, electric only, as well as non-hookup sites. All campsites have a picnic table, fire ring and BBQ grill. There are also a handful of tent-cabin sites. These are somewhat similar to a yurt and furnished with a table, chairs and beds. One standard cabin is available as well. Rates vary significantly depending upon which site is selected.

The campground has restrooms and showers, a dump station and WiFi. Additionally, campers will find a recreation and swim complex, playground, baseball fields, ice arena, and paved bike trails nearby.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)



Occasionally full

Parking Pass


Open from

April 01 to October 31

Price per night (basic site)

45.00 $ (37.78 €)


Close to town. Close to Lake Tahoe.


Traffic noise.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

City of South Lake Tahoe


ADA accessible
Firewood for sale
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Dump stations
General store
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Potable water



Total number of sites


Lodging type

Rustic cabin

Maximum trailer length

40.00 ft (12.19 m)


Nearby Lodging + Camping

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California


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