Open Year-round
Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Providing unfettered access to the picturesque, glacially carved core of Lakes Basin, Lakes Basin Campground and its surrounding environs are a gem tucked into the northern edge of the Sierra Nevada range. Twenty-three Forest Service campsites are open from June through October, weather permitting.

Hiking abounds directly from the campground, with trails leading to many of the Lakes Basin highlights. The trail to Long Lake can be combined with the scenic Bear Lakes Loop for a longer day. The Lakes Basin Trailhead offers numerous other hiking options that begin a half mile down at the end of Elwell Lodge Road. The area is also well known for its productive lake fishing.

The campground is ideal for dog owners who will enjoy exploring the countless miles of Lakes Basin Trails open to dogs.

Potable water and vault toilets are available at the campground.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Not Required


Hiking access to Lakes Basin. Bear Lakes and Round Lake.


Closed in winter.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Forest Service

Reservation phone number

1 (877) 444-6777


ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Potable water


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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