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Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 26 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 32 Feet
Driving Directions to Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point SP
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
Due to the extreme drought conditions, the campground showers will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please practice water conservation measures during your stay.
Dogs on a 6' leash are allowed on paved areas, in the campground, and in the historic zone. Dogs are not allowed on beaches, or unpaved trails. Leashed dogs are allowed on the General Creek Fire Road when it is not maintained as a ski trail. Dog regulations are enforced YEAR-ROUND.
The General Creek Campground is currently open on a first come first served basis. Self-registration by cash or check is required immediately after choosing a site. Camping rates are currently $35/ night, which includes 1 vehicle (or vehicle plus towed trailer).
Starting September 27th, the dump station and showers will be CLOSED for the season, and fees for camping will be reduced to $25/ night. The campground is scheduled to be open throughout the winter, conditions permitting. Flush toilets and potable water will be available.
WINTER CAMPING ADVISEMENT: Conditions in the Sierra Nevada change quickly. All vehicles must carry chains during winter months, INCLUDING trailers. For up to date highway conditions for Highway 89, call the CALTRANS hotline at 800-427-ROAD or visit their website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/
The park staff will plow parking spurs as time permits. Park staff will not be responsible for shoveling out food lockers, fire pits, or picnic tables. Wood gathering is not permitted.
In the summer months, there are 10 group campsites and 120 family campsites. For information on SUMMER camping reservations, call Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or visit www.reserveamerica.com.
Day Use facilities, including the historic Hellman-Ehrman Estate, picnic area, beach and pier are 3/4 mile from the campground. Day Use parking is $10 per vehicle, or free if you are camping at Sugar Pine Point.
Food Storage Locker Information
Black bears are currently very active at Sugar Pine as they prepare for the upcoming winter. Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers except when food is being prepared or eaten. Ice chests may NOT be stored in vehicles. The inside dimensions of the food lockers 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited.
Summer Programs and Activities!
Weddings and Special Events
The beautiful grounds of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion are available for special events such as weddings, school or family reunions, and corporate dinners. The grounds have spectacular views of Lake Tahoe with the 12,000 square foot mansion serving as an elegant backdrop. Click here to download a Special Events brochure. Click here to download a wedding application. Call or email our Special Events Office for more information: 530-525-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Park
Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper.
Another attraction is the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. From the turn of the century until 1965, the lands of what is now Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park were owned by financier Isaias W. Hellman, and later by his daughter Florence Hellman Ehrman. The mansion provides an interesting view into the lifestyles of the wealthy on Lake Tahoe.
The park is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, ten miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.
Summer temperatures range from about 75-80 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to lows in the teens or 20s. Winter temperatures may drop below 0.
Facilities - Activities
Hiking & Swimming
Many miles of hiking trails within the park and a swimming beach provide visitors with a variety of relaxing summer activities.
Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park is comprised of conifer forests in the General Creek drainage. The waters of General Creek are among the clearest waters flowing into Lake Tahoe and the stream is open to fishing from mid July to mid September.
Winter visitors to the park will find over 20 kilometers of marked cross country ski trails and a heated restroom in the General Creek campground. Interpretive presentations on a variety of winter related subjects are presented most weekends, from January through March.
When you're at Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park, be sure to stop at the Nature Center located in the day use area by the Ehrman Mansion. We now have a bird display, where visitors can view several species of bird life that occur in the Tahoe Basin. In addition to birds, visitors can see most of the mammals and the four major game fish that occur here. Other exhibits include: Biology, Lake Ecology, Wildflowers, Trees, and a "Touchy-feely" table for the kids (adults also!).
About the area...
Lake Tahoe lay at the heart of the Washoe Indian territory, and Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park was the summer home for generations of Washoe Indians who came to these peaceful shores to hunt and fish. Evidence of their occupation can still be seen today in the form of bedrock mortars or grinding rocks just offshore from the Ehrman Mansion.
In 1860, the first permanent settler of record on Lake Tahoe's west shore built a cabin at the mouth of General Creek. This was the trapper and fisherman William "General" Phipps, and his cabin can still be seen today just north of the Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park pier. In 1884, a resort called Bellevue Hotel was constructed just north of what is now the South Boathouse, and remained a popular summer destination for Lake Tahoe visitors for nine years.
Available Activities and Facilities at Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
En route Campsites
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available