Tahoe State Recreation Area

Fire Ban- Campfires and briquette grills are banned on all California State Parks lands in the Sierra District, including Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground. This is due to extreme fire danger and lack of emergency response resources.
UPDATE (June 22, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Tahoe State Recreation Area:

What is open now?
  • Campground FOR EXISTING RESERVATIONS and limited Walk-ins starting June 22. For more information about camping, visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. Group campsites are not currently available for reservation or walk-in.   

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System? 

  • Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(530) 583-3074

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: Up to 15 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: Up to 21 Feet

Park Hours

2020 Season closes 9/9/2020

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed only in the following areas: Truckee River Outlet known as ""Gatekeepers"" within the day-use area along the Lake Tahoe shoreline.

Driving Directions to Tahoe SRA

The area is located 0.25 miles east of Tahoe City on Highway 28.
Lakeside and Hillside campgrounds are the loops in this park. Hillside is across Highway 28 from Lakeside loop - and Lake Tahoe.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Family Campsites
RV Access
Bike Trails
Picnic Areas
Beach Area
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available

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Campground updates

Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground has closed for the 2020 season.
For camping reservation and information, please contact ReserveCalifornia at www.reservecalifornia.com or (800) 444-7275. Camping reservations may be made 6 months in advance of the date of arrival.

0.25 miles east of Tahoe City on Highway 28.
Tahoe SRA is located in Tahoe City, east of nearby shopping malls and restaurants.
There is a bike path that leads from the campground into town with picturesque views of Lake Tahoe.

Campground Information
The campground has 23 campsites with picnic tables, required-use food storage containers.

Due to extreme fire danger, no wood or charcol fires until further notice. 

There are showers and restrooms available for registered campers.
Tahoe SRA does not have hook-ups or dump stations and is best for tent camping or the use of smaller trailers and RVs.

Quiet Hours          10pm - 6am                         Check In     - 2 pm   
Generator Hours   10am - 8pm                        Check Out   - Noon       
2 Vehicles allowed per campsite                       Children must have helmets for bicycles/scooters/skateboards
8 people allowed per campsite                         Dogs must be leashed and never unattended

Food Storage Locker Information
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. The inside dimensions of the food lockers 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited.

Additional Visitor Services

Camping Options
This is a smaller campground that is often full during the summer.
Here are some other camping options nearby:
Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park
is 11 miles south on Highway 89
D.L. Bliss State Park is also an option - 17 miles south on Hwy 89
Tahoe City Lake Forest Campground - 1 mile east Hwy 28 - 530-583-3796
USFS William Kent Campground - 3 miles south Hwy 89
USFS Silver Creek - 7 miles north Hwy 89
USFS Goose Meadows - 10 miles north Hwy 89

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