Open Year-round
No
Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Free campground. Near Lake Tahoe. Large, spacious sites.

Cons

Tons of wasps. Can get rowdy at night. No potable water. Sites are dispersed.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Forest Service

Features

Vault toilet

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

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

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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