Guide to RV Camping at Lake Tahoe

Love skiing and snowboarding in the winter, watersports in the summer, or horseback riding and wine country tours? Lake Tahoe is the place to go!
 
Guide to RV Camping at Lake Tahoe
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Nearly two million years ago, Lake Tahoe began its illustrious formation. To this day, the prominent lake is known for its sparkling, clear waters and panoramic mountain views. 

With 72 miles of shoreline and 191 square miles of surface area, there are many spots for visitors to camp, explore, and enjoy fun activities!

Whether you want to ski and snowboard in the winter, enjoy watersports in the summer, or do year-round activities like horseback riding and wine country tours, Lake Tahoe is the place to go!

Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about Lake Tahoe RV camping, including all the best RV parks and campsites, as well as tips on visiting the area. 

Keep reading to start planning your adventure!

South Lake Tahoe RV Parks

1. Tahoe Valley RV Campground

Amenities: Tahoe Valley Campground is surrounded by towering pines, beautiful mountain views, and water-front access to South Lake Tahoe.

If you enjoy sports, this campground is the perfect spot! They have a volleyball, pickleball, basketball, and tennis court, along with a swimming pool, playground, hiking trails, and a dog park.

The campground has a number of amenities, including a clubhouse, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a general store, wifi access, and more. 

Capacity: 439 sites

More information: Tahoe Valley Campground


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2. Camp Richardson RV Village

Amenities: Camp Richardson RV Village is just a short walk from the beach and marina.
Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at their on-site general store. Also on-site, a deli, award-winning restaurant, ice cream parlor, and coffee house.

Every campsite includes a picnic table, firepit, 30 AMP hookup, and water hookup. Their full hookup sites also have sewer hookups available.

More information: Camp Richardson RV Village

3. City of South Lake Tahoe Campground by the Lake

Amenities: Run by the City of South Lake Tahoe, this campground has recently replaced its restroom and shower facilities to newer, updated ones.

They also have electric and water hookup at select sites, a free dump station, wifi, and a fire pit at every campsite.

More information: City of South Lake Tahoe Campground by the Lake

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4. Zephyr Cove RV and Campground

Amenities: Zephyr Cove is an award-winning South Lake Tahoe RV campground with incredible scenic views.
This campground has all the basic amenities you might need, including a general store, laundry facilities, complimentary showers and toilets, water hookup, sewer hookup, 30/50 AMP hookup, and cable lines. 

Additionally, guests can enjoy beach access, marina activities, horseback riding, and the Zephyr Cove restaurant.

Capacity: 93 sites

More information: Zephyr Cove RV and Campground

5. Chris Haven Mobile Home and RV Community

Amenities: Located on the California side of Lake Tahoe, Chris Haven RV Community is conveniently located near the beach, the perfect spot for all lake’s activities.

If you are traveling out of state, this RV camp is close to the airport, car rentals, and the city bus. Campers also have access to full hookups, wifi, cable TV, shower and restroom facilities, and laundry.

Capacity: 96 full hookup sites

More information: Chris Haven Mobile Home and RV Community

North Lake Tahoe RV Parks

1. Mt. Rose Campground

Amenities: Mt. Rose Campground is a short nine-and-a-half-mile drive from Lake Tahoe and allows trailers and RVs up to 35 feet long.

Are you a nature enthusiast? This RV park is the perfect spot for outdoor activities! For example, you can enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, rock climbing, bicycling, and sightseeing.

The campsite is equipped with potable water, flush toilets, and picnic tables. 

More information: Mt. Rose Campground

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2. Silver Creek Campground

Amenities: Silver Creek Campground is located halfway between Truckee and Lake Tahoe and is a short walking distance to Truckee River. Though the site is not recommended for large RVs, smaller RVs are welcome.

Popular activities in the area include fishing, swimming, tubing, summer rafting, biking, and hiking.

Each site has a picnic table, campfire ring, grill, and a bear box to keep food safe. Additionally, the campground is equipped with vaulted toilets and drinking water.

Capacity: 27 sites

More information: Silver Creek Campground

3. William Kent Campground

Amenities: William Kent Campground is the closest North Lake Tahoe RV park to the water. This site has many opportunities for fun activities, such as swimming sites, water sports, fishing, camping, boating, biking, and a visitor center. Additionally, campers have access to picnic tables, a campfire ring, flush toilets, and drinking water. 

Capacity: 80+ sites

More information: William Kent Campground

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Lake Tahoe RV Camping Tips

Campgrounds are usually only open between mid-May and mid-October, so be sure to check the campsite’s schedules and make reservations before you visit.

Plan your route before you set out on the road, but be flexible—in case of road closures. There is limited cell service in the area, so keep a print map on hand for when you hit dead service zones.

While camping, be aware that bears are commonly found in the area. Pack up your food when you are not eating and lock everything up when you are not around.

Even in the hottest parts of summer, nights can be cold. Pack jackets and other warm layers with you when you visit the area, especially if you plan on being outside at night.

The lake is about 6,225 feet in elevation, and the surrounding mountains are even higher. The high elevation can cause people to experience dry skin and eyes. Consider packing lotion, saline nasal spray, and artificial tear drops to avoid nose bleeds, dry skin, and dry eyes. Moreover, carry water with you at all times and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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RV Rental in Lake Tahoe

Are you ready for your RV camping adventure at Lake Tahoe? Get started by planning your RV rental!

Cruise America is the best place to go for all your RV rental needs. Even if your RV campsite doesn’t have all the amenities you need, your Cruise America RV has all the basics you’ll need on your trip!

For example, every RV comes equipped with air conditioning, a freshwater toilet, a gas cooktop, a generator, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a shower. 

Would you like to bring your furry friend along with you? Cruise America welcomes pets too!
Even better, you are guaranteed the best RV rental prices around. 

Find a location near you to get started on your RV adventure at Lake Tahoe!
 

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