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D.L. Bliss State Park Campground

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<p>Due to a major waterline replacement project, D.L. Bliss State Park will be closed in 2024.&nbsp; Visitors are encouraged to check out nearby campgrounds Emerald Bay State Park or Ed Z&rsquo;berg Sugar Pine Point State Park for camping reservations.&nbsp; The D.L. Bliss SP website will be updated periodically with information on the project.</p>

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D.L. Bliss State Park Campground is located in California

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9881 Hwy 89
Tahom, CA 96142

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38.988464 N
120.098376 W

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22 Reviews

S
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2021

Love the group site

I have only stayed at the group site and we love this campground. Wonderful beach access. The group site has a lot of privacy from other sites and plenty of space. They have the water off right now for bathrooms and showers but portopotties were cleaned every other day. Drinking water is available. Be sure to use your bear box, we did get a visit from a Vera one night, but our site was clean and setting off car alarms shooed it away. The beach side sites are great also. Definitely book six months in advance.

Sitegroup site
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Shoshana , July 24, 2021
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Shoshana , July 24, 2021
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Shoshana , July 24, 2021
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Erica J.
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2021

Shaded, near nice Tahoe beach

We pitched our tents at 11:30 pm trying hard to not wake up other campers. In the morning I was surprised to see a couple sites vacant right next to us. 

As usual I was not happy with the possibility of meeting a bear, especially after I read about a bear storming a campsite not far from our site (we were on #76). So we were extra careful to put anything scented in the provided bear locker. The park admins are very strict and have a US$2k fine for any food left out. Even bear-proof coolers are required to be chained safely.

We didn’t hiked the Rubicon trail to Lester Beach as we had to keep moving to the next destination in our cross country road trip, but took a short drive to the beach and a quick, but very refreshing dip in Tahoe’s cold waters.

SiteUpper Pines #76
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Erica J., July 5, 2021
Sonya T.
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2021

Awesome staff

Everyone was so nice and very helpful

SiteTent
Month of VisitOctober
Jason S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 27, 2021

Beautiful location

The site is gorgeous and so close to the Lake. The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is the fact that it gets very busy, even with limited access during COVID, try to go during the week.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Jason S., May 27, 2021
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Jason S., May 27, 2021
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Jason S., May 27, 2021
Christopher L.
Reviewed May. 21, 2021

Good campsite w/ great beach

Campsites are decent but the restrooms are filthy. Try to get a site near the beach! The beach is awesome! Make sure food is locked up from the bears.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Christopher L., May 21, 2021
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Christopher L., May 21, 2021
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Christopher L., May 21, 2021
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Tom W.
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2020

Bliss at Lake Tahoe

Many sites available with a handful of first come first serve. Highly recommend the hike along the cliffs. Emerald bay and the desolation wilderness are both a short drive away. The place is always packed.

J
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2020

Clean, beach-accessible, friendly rangers!

Upper Pines Campground#74 

Pros:

-Ice sold at campsite for $4 per pack- proceeds go to state park

-Clean bathrooms close-by

-Partial shade

-Close~ 1mi. walk to Lester beach, calawee cove

-Accessible~0.2 mi to Rubicon trail

-Large bear locker

-Flat/even campsite 

Minor Cons:

-no views of lake tahoe

-no privacy

-1st night- no mosquitoes, 2nd night- several mosquitoes

SiteUpper Pines #74
Month of VisitAugust
Azizah T.
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2020

Getaway Campground

My top favorite campgrounds goes to D.L. Bliss state park. The reason I love this campground so much is the amazing views you get from just the hikes itself. We stayed at Upper Pines Camp ground. Rubicon trail is absolutely stunning, and can be rather long since it goes into emerald bay. Nonetheless worth the hike. The beauty of camping here is that you are so close to the lake! Since day use parking isn’t the largest- especially compared to most lake access areas in Tahoe, it’s so awesome! The beach isn’t as full as most parts of Tahoe you would see. And if you make reservations early enough, you can get an awesome campsite super close to the beach (you still have to hike down) but you can view the lake from your site. I camped here in July 2019, and had the perfect weather which ranged around mid 70s in the day and lower 50s during the night. We slept without the rain fly and saw all the stars.

  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Azizah T., June 4, 2020
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Azizah T., June 4, 2020
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Azizah T., June 4, 2020
B
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2020

Don’t do it!

Seriously. Best camp grounds ever! The beach is unbelievable with water as clear as the east shore. Don’t tell your friends -keep it a secret!

  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Bobby L., March 20, 2020
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Bobby L., March 20, 2020
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Bobby L., March 20, 2020
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C N.
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2019

Best of everything...

If you love the mountains and the beach, this is the place to be! This campground is tucked away in the forest. Not far from a local town to gamble if you like but far enough away you’d never know it was there. Once you’ve entered the campsite area there’s plenty of sites to choose from and plenty of room for privacy. Reservations can be made but are not necessary, once settled it’s just a short walk to the lake and it feels like you’re at the beach. Beautiful sandy shores with glacier clear water at the lake. Winters here are just the best. Sunsets are colorful and vibrant and you will not want to leave when you can catch fresh Salmon! Tree top adventures zip-lining is also not far away and it was one of the best trips we’ve made to date! All amenities are here, as needed. Small shop for wood at the entrance, restrooms, fire pits, tables and secured bear lockers. It is incredibly clean and an overall beautiful campground, we can’t wait to go back!

  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by C N., December 11, 2019
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by C N., December 11, 2019
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by C N., December 11, 2019
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B
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2019

Great Design

One thing my wife and I love about this campground is the creative design of the sites. They are close together but beautiful and create such a fun experience.

Site52
Month of VisitSeptember
M
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2019

Don't pay extra for the "lake view"

We decided to splurge and paid extra for the "beach camp" campsites. Unfortunately, from the vast majority of these sites, you cannot see the lake or beach at all. Granted, these sites are within walking distance to the lake compared to the other campsites of the area. However, it should be marketed as "walk to lake" sites rather than promising a view of the actual lake. 

Otherwise, our site was nice and clean. We had site number 165 which is a little bit of a walk in campsite. It is located up on a hill and was quiet. Unfortunately, the bathroom facilities of this campground were very dirty and the dishwashing area was always messy. The one positive about the bathrooms were that the showers were nice and warm. Be prepared to bring single dollar bills to buy their coins to use the showers. 

We also were unlucky because some campers did not properly store their trash in the trashcans provided and a bear did come to our campsite and destroyed the trash. Please be respectful of your neighbors and the wildlife and listen to the rules about storing food and scented items! All must go in the bear boxes and the trash cans need to be locked after you throw away trash each time!

SiteSite 165
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Megan K., July 9, 2019
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Megan K., July 9, 2019
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Megan K., July 9, 2019
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Steve & Ashley  G.
Reviewed May. 28, 2019

Hidden Gem Near on Tahoe

This is a great state park on the western side of Lake Tahoe. The park has hundreds of campsites and excellent facilities. The hiking is the highlight at this park. You can drive down to the waterside and take a great cliffside hike along the lake. They also have a number of cool rock formations. The sites are somewhat uneven, so you will need levelers if you are sleeping in a van or small RV. The camp has a lot of tent campers. We did not see many staff but felt this was a clean and well run facility. Great shower and restroom facilities. I would come back to this campground and recommend. The sites closest to water have great views. We were able to make advanced reservations. Great option for tent or van campers touring the west side of Lake Tahoe.

  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Steve & Ashley  G., May 28, 2019
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Steve & Ashley  G., May 28, 2019
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Steve & Ashley  G., May 28, 2019
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Sam M.
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2018

love lake tahoe

Lake tahoe is one of the most beautiful place in California. There are plenty of state parks and campsites around the lake, but D.L. Bliss is one of my favorite. Its nestled right on the lake, but some of the campsites are a little further back away from it. My favorite part about this campground is that it was pretty quite when I went. Not a whole lot of people there. The sites are a little small, but very nice. The beaches are great too and secluded.

The campground has all the amenities you could need. Hot showers, clean drinking water, nice bathrooms, firewood for sale, picnic tables. There are hiking trails right near the campground and, of course, the beach. There's also tons to do right around the lake. Scuba diving, biking trails, hiking trails, kayaking, whatever you can think of really.

My favorite hike in near Lake Tahoe is defiantly Mount Tallac. If you decide do to this hike, be prepared. Its about 10ish miles, pretty strenuous, and some of the trail can be covered with snow depending on the time of year.

Also, make sure to always store your food in bear safe containers. The bears can get pretty active around here depending on the time of year.

  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Sam M., October 21, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Sam M., October 21, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Sam M., October 21, 2018
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L
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2018

Camping tradition

We love this campground in south Tahoe by Emerald Bay! We have come every summer for the last five years with my growing family. This year it was colder in June, but we still swam in the icy water.

This campground has beach lake access and the views are spectacular. There are accessible hiking trails on the premises and easy to drive to trail heads, which you can get to before the other summer visitors get there. We usually bring our rafts and hang at the beach all day and go back to our site and relax.

Site109
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Laura H., August 20, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Laura H., August 20, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Laura H., August 20, 2018
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E
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2018

Great Spot in Tahoe

The campground is beautifully set in the trees. Lots of shade, but lots of Tahoe granite too: made it almost impossible to use tent stakes (if you use them). The sites range in size: some are quite large, some are very small, so some are very private, some have cozy neighbors. There is very little parking at the beach, so it’s best to just walk or drop off then return car to site. Some camp sites are quite far from the Lake if you have kids and lots of beach gear. There are lots of trailheads from the campground, and all of them are a great hike. We camped here multiple times with our family. It was an easy day trip to take our kayaks from here to Emerald Bay. Watch the weather though! The summer has become prone to afternoon thunderstorms.

Zach A.
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2018

Lots of spots, lake front access

Came here without reservations and was able to find a spot easily. Although it rained much of the time had a chance to explore the park and area. Each spot has a bear vault for curious visitors. Swimming access down by Lke Tahoe is great. Clean facilities, showers are coin operated and you need to get tokens from the check in.

  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Zach A., June 25, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Zach A., June 25, 2018
C
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2018

Pretty nice place and close to the Lake.

My first time camping here was last year in June and we're going back this year. Pretty neat place. Had no Bear problems here, unlike Fallen Leaf.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Carl N., June 6, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Carl N., June 6, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Carl N., June 6, 2018
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Carly E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 23, 2018

Gorgeous Views of Lake Tahoe, Rubicon Trail

We stayed here for 2 nights in October, just before they shut down for the season. I can imagine this place must be HOPPING in the Summer, but when we stayed it was peace and quiet and deserted!! So fantastic. We got a site right along the lake (stairs to the beach were just adjacent to our site) and there were only 2 other people in the entire campground.

Site was large, with picnic table, fire pit, and bear box to store and protect food. Bathrooms were clean, flush toilets, and hot showers that were token operated (buy tokens at check in area). The showers were only open every other day to conserve water when we were there as it wasn't busy. Firewood for sale, and drinking water easily accessible. We were told a bear had been seen in the campground just the day before, we didn't see any though. Plenty of trees for our hammock. Sunset over the lake was beautiful!

We did a trail run on the Rubicon trail (right from the campground) out to Vikingsholm and back. Very cool! Vikingsholm had closed just before we arrived so we couldn't tour the building itself, wish we could have done that.

Plenty of peace and quiet around the area since it was off season and pretty chilly (20s-30s at night). We loved Lake Tahoe and this campground, and can't wait to go back and properly explore the area more!

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Carly E., May 23, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Carly E., May 23, 2018
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Carly E., May 23, 2018
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A
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2018

Beautiful

We've camped here 3 times. The bears were very active a few years back and knew how to get into the bear lockers, but it wouldn't stop me from going back. Beautiful campsites with shade. Walking distance to the beach.

Month of VisitSeptember
Sara S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2017

Large park near beach-ish

Even on a Sunday night, the campgrounds near Lake Tahoe were packed. We found a fairly empty section of DL (the beach sports were all reserved much in advance). For a base to explore it'll work

Site118
Month of VisitOctober
H
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2017

Lake access, Rubicon trail, hot showers!

We stayed at DL Bliss State Park campground for two nights in August. The campground location is perfect, with access to beautiful beaches and hiking trails. From the campground you can walk to the start of the Rubicon trail. They have flush toilets and hot showers (token operated), firewood and ice for sale. From the campground it's a short drive to Emerald Bay State Park, and hiking trails in the Desolation Wilderness. Suggest an early start for those because even during the week the trail head parking fills early. Lots of shade at the campsites and plenty of trees to hang a hammock. We were lucky and all of our neighbors respected quiet hours. Bear lockers were available at each site, which were large enough to hold two coolers and a large Rubbermaid of food.

Site126
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of D.L. Bliss State Park Campground by Heather K., August 5, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Does D.L. Bliss State Park Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, D.L. Bliss State Park Campground has water hookups and sewer hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at D.L. Bliss State Park Campground?

D.L. Bliss State Park Campground allows vehicles up to 18 feet.

Are fires allowed at D.L. Bliss State Park Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at D.L. Bliss State Park Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does D.L. Bliss State Park Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, D.L. Bliss State Park Campground does not have wifi.

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Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at D.L. Bliss State Park Campground. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at D.L. Bliss State Park Campground, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

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