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Fires Allowed
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About Campground by the Lake
$36.00 - $45.00
Drive In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Campground by the Lake is located in California
38.9404 N
-119.9741 W
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9 Reviews of Campground by the Lake
Super awesome

Customer service was really nice about allowing me to change the day I camped. Each campsite has a lot of room and I was able to rent a paddle board right across the street.

Perfect Location for Lake Tahoe

Gorgeous campground, owned by the city of South Lake Tahoe. Not many hookups, but perfect location for visiting SLT. Beach across the street. Only 3 stars because of hookup situation and extra charge to dump.

A campground centrally located in South Lake Tahoe

I was surprised when I heard of this campground. A city run campground across the street from the lake in the middle of town? Sure! We had a site in one of the two loops that had full hook-ups, and our site backed up to US 50. I was prepared for a lot of road noise and even strangers wandering through our camp but neither was a nuisance. Sites were spacious. We loved seeing the lake from our campsite and hitting the bike trail right outside the campground. There was also a nice city pool, library, and playground in walking distance.

Great alternative to an expensive hotel

This large campground (which is run by the city) is right in the middle of South Lake Tahoe and across the highway from The Lake. It's right in the middle of town so if you're wanting to "get away from it all" you better keep looking. We stayed here over Labor Day weekend and it was PACKED. There are 179 spaces at this campground and every one of them was occupied (we made our online reservation months in advance). That being said, we loved it here! We wanted to partake in some Labor Day activities around The Lake and staying here was ideal. For the amount of people that were there, noise was minimal. We stayed in "D-loop" which is a non hook-up spot. We choose this area because it's away from the traffic of the main entrance and somewhat away from Hwy 50. The spots close to Hwy 50 are NOISY. Also, D/E/F loop spots seem to be larger. Some of the people in the A/B/C loop sites were RIGHT ON TOP OF EACH OTHER. Our spot was quite large, clean, and flat. We easily parked our 29' RV and our SUV with lots of room to spare. We were semi-close to the restrooms/showers, water faucet, and trash receptacles ( a couple of people cut through our site to get to the facilities - NOT COOL). Unlike some other public campgrounds, we were allowed to fill our RV water tank at the campground's public water faucet which was awesome!

Camping here is like staying at a "rustic KOA". They have cabins and tents to rent, a little store (we didn't go in), sites with hook-ups, free RV sewer dump, and crappy wi-fi (lol). The showers and restrooms are far from fancy and could definitely use a remodel but whatever, it's CAMPING and they were good enough! While staying here we coined the phrase "city camping". We loved "city camping" and are looking forward to going back!

Great location

I love camping in hope valley, and these sites right in the heart of the it provide perfect acces to everything.

Clean, nice spaces, too much traffic!

This campground is in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. It is right on Highway 50. There is loud traffic noise day and night. This campground is great for visitors to Tahoe who want to stay for cheap and avoid hotels, but it is not the wilderness getaway that some campers like. Restrooms are clean and HEATED. Hot showers are free. Fire pits were in good condition. Sites were flat and clean. We had a large group and were able to book sites close together and used one central campfire location. Campers around us were considerate and quiet. Close to Safeway, right across the street from the lake, near casinos. Short drive to beautiful hiking areas.

Right by Lake

Easy and quick check in! Made reservation online. Camping spot close to bathrooms. People working at the office were very helpful and nice!


Great find last minute. Didn't have a problem getting a site. Easy access to the lake and main road. showers were available, hot water.

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Great location

Right by Lake Tahoe.