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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
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.
To make reservations for the summer, please click on the "Reservations" tab above.
WINTER CAMPING: One loop of the General Creek Campground is open on a first come first served basis. Self-registration by cash or check is required immediately after choosing a site.
The dump station and showers are CLOSED for the season, and fees for camping have been reduced to $25/ night. The camping fee includes one vehicle (and a vehicle that is towed in). Additional vehicles must pay a $5/ night extra vehicle fee. 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 are $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.
Celebrate Winter with us at Sugar Pine Point!
Cross-Country Biathlon: Citizens Against the Clock
Saturday, Jan. 16 Registration: 10:00 AM Event: 10:30 AM
Free program for all ages; $5 parking fee
Enjoy a family friendly Cross-country Skiing Biathlon. Ski a trail similar to the cross-country Biathlon of the 1960 Winter Olympics, catch your breath, then shoot at a target with a safe laser rifle for accuracy and get timed results. Program lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. Bring your own cross-country skis, or rent skis at a local sporting goods shop, such as West Shore Sports in Homewood. Program will be conducted as a “run and shoot” if there is no snow. Meet near the entrance station in the campground side of the park (west entrance off Highway 89).
Spectacular Full Moon Snowshoe Tours
Saturdays, Jan 23rd, Feb 20, March 19 2016
Rangers will be leading Full Moon Snowshoe Tours exploring the natural and cultural history around the Hellman-Ehrman estate and Lake Tahoe shoreline in Sugar Pine Point State Park. Few experiences are as magical as snowshoeing by the light of a full moon along the snow-covered Tahoe shore! For those new to snowshoeing, there will be a beginner’s clinic at 6:30pm. The Full Moon hike starts promptly at 7 pm near the restrooms in the Day Use side of the park (lake side entrance, east side of Highway 89). The program lasts approximately 1½ hours and costs $25 per person for adults. Children 12 and under are $10. The cost includes tour, event parking, and snowshoe rentals. Wear warm, layered clothing and winter boots. This event is generously sponsored by West Shore Sports, and all proceeds from the tour benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation's educational programming. Space is limited, and tickets may be purchased at sierrastateparks.org (under "Events Calendar"). To check availability on the day of the event only, call West Shore Sports at 530-525--9920. For more information, contact Sugar Pine Point State Park at 530-525-9528.
Snowshoe Through History
Saturdays, Jan 2, Feb, 13, Mar 12, 2016
Join our State Park Interpreter for hikes along Lake Tahoe’s magical west shore at Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park. These easy and fun tours explore the lakefront and the Hellman-Ehrman Estate. Learn about the natural environment that attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and explore the fascinating history of a Tahoe landmark.
The Snowshoe through History hikes start at 11am and begin near the restrooms in the Day Use side of the park (lake side entrance off Highway 89). The programs last approximately 1½ hours. $5 parking fee; no charge for program. Wear warm clothing and waterproof winter shoes; bring water and snowshoes.
Snow Trails Groomed for Cross Country Skiing
In the winter, visitors to the park can enjoy 11 miles of cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Follow the path of the Nordic events of the 1960 Winter Olympics that occurred in what is now Sugar Pine Point State Park. Starting at the Blue Trailhead, you will come across a series of interpretive panels that share our Olympic and Nordic skiing history. Free snow trail maps are available at the park entrance stations or by clicking the "Maps/Brochures" link on the right.
Thanks to the Sierra State Parks Foundation, the Blue, Red, and Green cross country ski trails on the Campground side of the park (west of Hwy 89) are scheduled to be machine-groomed every Monday and Friday and after storms, conditions permitting. The cross country ski trails on the Day Use side of the park (lake side, east of Hwy 89), including the Yellow and Orange trails, are not machine-groomed. Snowshoers and hikers, please do not walk on the ski tracks. Be prepared for changing weather conditions. No dogs are allowed on snow trails or any other undeveloped areas in the park. $5 parking fee.
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 email@example.com.
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