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Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Contact Information

(530) 525-7982

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 26 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 32 Feet

Park Hours

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Driving Directions to Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point SP

The park is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, 10 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.

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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.

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Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

CAUTION! Attention Park Visitors:

Please be aware that we have had a high amount of Wasp and Yellow Jacket activity this summer in the campgrounds and on the trails. (Informational Flyer)

Dogs on a 6' leash are allowed on paved areas, in the campground, and in the historic zone. Dogs are not allowed on beaches, unpaved trails, or in undeveloped areas.  Leashed dogs are allowed on the General Creek Fire Road when it is not maintained as a ski trail.  Dogs are not allowed on any of the ski trails in the Sugar Pine Point State Park ski network from November 1st to May 1st when snow is present.  Dog regulations are enforced YEAR-ROUND.

Off Season Camping

The campground will have a limited number of sites that will remain open throughout the winter season.  The campground is currently open on a first come first serve basis.  Current fees are $35 per night.  Fees will be reduced to $25 per night on September the 26th in conjunction with the closing of the showers and dump station.  Fees are due by self-registration immediately after selecting a vacant site. 

To make reservations for the summer, please click on the "Reservations" tab above.  

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

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.

Day Use

Day Use facilities, including the historic Hellman-Ehrman Estate, picnic area, beach and pier are 3/4 mile from the campground. Day Use parking are $10 per vehicle, or free if you are camping at Sugar Pine Point. Fees are due by self-registration when the kiosk is unstaffed. There is a seperate fee for historic tours of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate.  Please contact the Sierra State Parks Foundation (link on the right side of the page) for tour schedule information.

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.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
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.

Cross-Country Skiing

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.

Nature Center
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.

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.  Call or email our Special Events Office for more information:  530-525-5060 or

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Available Activities and Facilities at Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Boat Rentals
En route Campsites
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available