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Location & General Overview

Campground By The Lake is a public campground located in South Lake Tahoe, California. It's situated adjacent to Lake Tahoe, hence its name, and offers campers picturesque views of the lake and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. The campground is typically open from late April to mid-October, depending on weather conditions.

Accommodation Types

Campground By The Lake offers a variety of camping options including:

  • Tent Camping Sites: Basic sites without hookups, ideal for traditional tent camping.
  • RV Sites: Equipped with hookups for electricity and water, and in some cases, sewer connections for recreational vehicles.
  • Group Sites: Larger areas designed to accommodate groups traveling together or hosting events.
  • Camping Cabins: A more comfortable option, these cabins typically provide basic structures for sleeping and some form of heat.


  • Restrooms and Showers: The campground is equipped with facilities including flushing toilets and shower areas.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Most campsites feature a picnic table and fire ring for cooking and campfires.
  • Playground: There's an area for children to play.
  • Swimming Pool: Availability may vary seasonally (usually open during the summer months).

Recreational Activities

  • Swimming and Beach Access: The close proximity to Lake Tahoe allows for swimming and beach activities.
  • Hiking: With numerous trails around, it's an excellent base for exploring local hikes.
  • Fishing: Lake Tahoe is known for its fishing opportunities.
  • Boating: There's access to boat launches and rentals for watercraft.
  • Biking: Various biking trails are accessible from the campground.

Reservations and Fees

  • Advance Reservations: It's typically advisable to book your campsite in advance, especially for peak season stays.
  • Fees: There will be fees associated with camping here, which will vary based on the type of accommodation and length of stay.

Rules and Regulations

  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and supervised.
  • Noise: There are usually quiet hours enforced to ensure a peaceful experience for everyone.
  • Campfires: Allowed in designated areas but may be restricted during high fire danger periods.
  • Wildlife: Since it's a natural area, campers should store food properly and follow guidelines to avoid attracting wildlife to campsites.

Seasonal Considerations

The campground may experience snowfall or cold conditions outside of the typical open season, so it's important to check the local weather and prepare accordingly if you plan to visit close to the season opening or closing dates.

Environmentally-Friendly Practices

Visitors are expected to respect nature and engage in sustainable camping practices, such as recycling, using eco-friendly products, and leaving no trace.


Campground By The Lake generally offers sites that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, but it's important to confirm accessibility when making reservations.

Local Attractions

  • Heavenly Mountain Resort: A popular spot for skiing and snowboarding in winter and hiking or mountain biking in summer.
  • Tahoe Rim Trail: A long-distance hiking trail that encircles the lake.
  • The Shops at Heavenly Village: A destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment close by.

Contact Information

For the most current information, including opening dates, availability, specific site amenities, and any potential closures due to weather or other factors, contact the campground directly or visit their official website.

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