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Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park

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<p>If you require special assistance, please contact park by calling 530-525-9543 or <a href="mailto:Emerald.BayADA@parks.ca.gov">Emerald.BayADA@parks.ca.gov</a> 72 hours or more in advance.</p>

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38.9549924331999 N
120.082480519 W

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Reviewed Jun. 26, 2024

Lots of driving

The campground is remote and picturesque, making it an ideal spot for hikers. However, I visited with the intention of kayaking and found it challenging to launch my kayak due to the lack of nearby access points. If you have a large cart to transport your kayak down a long trail, you might manage, but it was impractical for my fishing kayak.

Cell service at the campground was subpar, and my site was quite far from the restrooms despite appearing close on the map. We had a bear visit our campsite, so it’s crucial to store your food in the provided bear boxes, and the campground staff enforces this rule diligently.

The restrooms were clean, and the campground itself was decent. However, the previous camper at our site left a significant amount of trash in the bear box, which was not cleaned before our arrival.

Tahoe is a stunning place to visit, but accessing the lake was difficult without prior knowledge of the area, requiring us to drive frequently, which was frustrating.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Ashley S., June 26, 2024
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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2023

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Emerald Bay State Park Eagle Point Campground

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Month of VisitAugust
Beka S.
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2022

Great for new campers or people who want everything

Lake Tahoe is such a beautiful place and Emerald bay is probably one of the most beautiful. I got a bit lost when just exploring the campground area and noticed there wasn't a bad spot in the whole camp area. Some have water view others didn't, ours simi-did.

Things I loved about this campground.

  • Showers with hot water! ( you do have to pay for the shower a dollar per 3 minute. You need cash to get tokens for the shower room.)

*Clean bathrooms that flush.

  • Large sinks at the restroom area to clean dishwear
  • Water pump so u can douse your fire easily. Just need your own bucket.

*bear box

  • picnic table
  • tall fire pit with half grate
  • platform for tent areas.

*cute little beach that a quarter of a mile walk. ( my friend and I took down our inflatable kayaks and paddled to the Island. It was a huge plus that added to our trip and loving this campground)

Things I didn't like

  • Campsite very close together
  • the platform for the tents. Even though it's cute it if your tents not the "right" size you end up needing to get inventive.
  • one car only in most spots
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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Beka S., July 11, 2022
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Gína W.
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2021

Great Spot in the Middle of it All

Great overall experience.

Pros:

Each site has a picnic table, fire pit, bear box, and parking pad.

Sites are kept clean.

Staff is friendly.

Can’t beat the location.

Beach access.

Cons:

Some of the bathrooms are in rough shape.

Some campsites are way too close together.

Pay to shower, and water is pretty cold.

It’s a little pricey at $35 a night.

Overall, a good experience and if book again, but I’d be very mindful of which site I pick.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Gína W., August 9, 2021
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V
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2021

Upper Eagle Review

Great campground, beautiful pines, with very nice camp hosts. Quiet hours start at 8pm which was fine with us. Park rangers are present and will ticket you if not compliant with placing items/trash in bear boxes, warnings given first though. Lower eagle bathrooms are so much nicer than the ones located to in the upper eagle campground, which were dated and shared, only one of two showers worked during our visit. Lower eagle has single stall showers and bathrooms and are newer. Drove down there twice for showers. Price is 1 token for 3 mins and every token is one dollar. Bundles of wood are $10 (cash only). Our specific spot offered morning shade and no shade in the afternoons, so bring a pop-up canopy. We had plenty of space for two small tents and a camper van. Rubicon trail is nearby and we did twice mainly to get down to the water, lots of private small areas to sunbathe and take a dip. Beware lugging your items is no easy feat because walking uphill in the Tahoe sun can be difficult but can be done if needed. Drive to grocery stores takes 15-20 mins, closest is camp rich gen store which is pricier than average but in a bind the come through. Overall good experience!

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Vanessa G., August 2, 2021
K
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2021

Forest setting close to the lake

Not as close to lake as I thought.  We weren't far from it though.  Lots of different sites, but they vary dramatically.  Some have lots of shade, others are out in the sun,  some are large and open, others are compact.  Just depends on what you are looking for.

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Kim , July 13, 2021
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Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Lakeview

Had a beautiful spot , we could see the lake. Good memories

Month of VisitSeptember
Emmanuel L.
Reviewed May. 29, 2021

Beautiful location

You could ask for a better place to camp with having to backpack in. Site are separated with scrubs to provide a secluded feeling.

Small store to prevent a long drive if you forget something.

Month of VisitSeptember
Morgan D.
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2021

Beautiful campground

Spots pretty spread out and amazing views. Will be back for sure! Water and bathrooms available. Firewood for purchase from rangers. Nice little trails within the campground too! Make sure to catch the sunset over emerald bay from the top of the walking trail towards the middle of the campground.

  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Morgan D., January 13, 2021
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L
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2020

Beautiful and Clean!

Wonderful weekend in November!  Free too!

Taylor
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2020

Stunning

If you’re going to camp at Tahoe, this is the spot. Hidden in the trees on the cliff side of eagle point. SO BEAUTIFUL!!

S
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2019

Excellent campground!

We have been on many camping trips, but this one was our favorite! It is beautiful, well maintained, and has great access from the campground.

There are great viewpoints, an area where you can swim and/or fish, and we went on an awesome hike from the campground out to a waterfall and Vikingsholm.

We would absolutely camp there again if we were in the area. Also, it didn't hurt that it is where I proposed next to the campfire.

  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Shannon F., June 2, 2019
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Elliott B.
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2018

Campground with a beautiful layout

I walked through the seasonally closed Eagle Point Campground while exploring the Emerald Bay section of Lake Tahoe. This campground is a newly renovated area of the peninsula on the South/West side of the Emerald Bay State Park separated into Upper and Lower sections.

Since the campground was closed we had to park on Highway 89 and walk through the campground to get to the Rubicon Trailhead which is located at the divider between the 2 camping sections.

As we hiked through I was really blown away with the layout of the campground. I loved that these sites were almost a multi-leveled. Meaning that your tent site might be 10 feet lower than your picnic table, bear box, etc. or it could have a raised fire pit on a small bluff above the tent pad, table. Each site was unique, and this added to the separation between sites, so you’re not on the same level and directly next to your neighbors, adding to the feeling of being in the wilderness. (At least to me)

Also, it should be pointed out that there were signs everywhere about using your bear boxes and that they’d fine you if you leave anything in your car. I know some people seem to have an issue with this for some reason…but I don’t want a bear roaming through any campground I’m staying at.

There weren’t any sites that I saw which could hold an RV or 5th wheel, unless you have something under 18 feet… So maybe tents only, and there are no hookups. While I know I got a sterile experience since no one was actually camping, the campground was very clean and well maintained and the restrooms looked really nice. They had running water, flush toilets and pay showers ($1 per 3 minutes). The little amphitheater at the trailhead was cool and seemed ideally setup for presentations with incredible views of Lake Tahoe.

While pets are allowed in the campground, they’re not allowed on the Emerald Bay SP trails or beaches. Sites are $35 and all are reservable 6 month out, so

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Elliott B., September 27, 2018
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Krystle L.
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2018

Great Campground

We stayed during the week to avoid the crowds. The first night we had some neighbors but rest of our stay there were only a handful of campers. Our site was #56 which had a partial view of the lake through the trees in the distance. It was also located directly across from the bathrooms and campground host who’s name was David. He was very friendly and accommodating. The bathrooms are clean and the showers have hot water. Cost $1 per token for the showers. Only downside to being so close to bathrooms were that other campers are not as curtious when comes to closing the bathroom door quietly at night so be prepared to hear the door slamming all night long. There was beach access from the campground by a moderate walk down the trail. The campground is close to a lot of day excursions in Emerald Bay. My suggestion hike to Lower and Upper eagle falls and continue onto Eagle Lake. The views are breathtaking! definitely a highlight of our trip. It is only a ten min drive to the Eagle Falls from the campground and about a 20 min drive to town. The campground is dog friendly but dogs are only allowed on the paved road; no trails or scenic view points. Overall very nice campground.

  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Krystle L., September 12, 2018
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G
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2018

Lake Tahoe at its Sweetest

There is nothing like Lake Tahoe and all its beauty. And Emerald Bay State Park puts right there within arms reach. Lovely campground, very forrested and lake accesible

  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Gamaliel A., August 22, 2018
D.j. P.
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2018

Great Views and quiet evenings

Our only complaint was the bathrooms were a little dirty, but other than that, the camp ground was great. We paid for a larger site but only had two of us and it made for a ton of space between us and the people around. Woke up to the sun bouncing off the lake. Great place to stay.

  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by D.j. P., July 21, 2018
Ellen A.
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2018

Close to great hiking and views of Lake Tahoe

The sites are spacious and well kept. There are several trailheads in the area for great hiking for all skill levels. The facilities (toilets, showers etc) were nice and conveniently located throughout. The reservation process was easy. Bear lockers, tables and fire rings at each site. And there WERE bears roaming around at night! There’s a small beach at the end of one of the trails from the campground that was quiet and a perfect spot to launch a paddle board or kayak. I brought my little camper and it was a great campground for kids.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Ellen A., July 2, 2018
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Michael I.
Reviewed May. 18, 2018

Nice Campground in one of the most beautiful areas in the world

Emerald Bay State Park Campground is nice campground located in a spectacular area. The campground itself is fairly big, but doesn’t feel like it the way things are laid out. With the campground running down the point of a peninsula the topography of the area helps the campsites feel a bit more private as well.

There are a few trails that leave from the campground and a handful of places to explore within the campground.

Leaving from the campground are a few trails that take you to beautiful overlooks of either Lake Tahoe or Emerald Bay itself. There I also the Rubicon Trail which takes you west around Emerald Bay to Emerald Bay State Park and Eagle Falls. If you’d like you can also continue on the Rubicon Trail around the other side (north) of Emerald Bay and hike through DL Bliss State Park to Rubicon Point. Going all the way to Rubicon Point would be about a 12-mile round trip hike with 2,200 feet of elevation gain with some spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.

Another hike I would recommend would be taking the Rubicon Trail to Emerald Bay State Park and then doing the short road walk to Highway 89 and the Eagle Falls Trailhead (3-miles one way). You could also drive to the trailhead, but the parking lot is very small and fills up quickly when it is not buried in snow. From there you will fill out a day use permit to enter Desolation Wilderness, my personal favorite place on earth. You can enjoy a nice short hike to Eagle Lake or continue on to the Velma Lakes area. Eagle Lake is 0.89 miles and 540 feet of elevation from the Eagle Falls Trailhead while the Velma Lake area is 4 miles and 1,930 feet of elevation gain from the same spot.

There are also countless trails within a short drive from this campground, or if it surprises you and rains in June like it did for us, you can run to South Shore Lake Tahoe and hide inside a movie theatre for a few hours.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Michael I., May 18, 2018
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Savannah L.
Reviewed May. 12, 2018

Gorgeous!

Water is soooo clear! Grew up in N Cali and have been to the Emerald Bay/Lake Tahoe area numerous times. So much to do!

  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Savannah L., May 12, 2018
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Keef W.
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

One of the best spots on tahoe

Can't beat dropping a kayak into the water of this bay. The campsite is right next to the water, with breathtaking views of the serene cove. Emerald is by far the calmest water you'll find early morning and the nearby access is nice. Quit little shot from SLT it's not too desolate.

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Lucy L.
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016

Beautifully renovated and clean campground

We spent 2 nights at the newly renovated Eagle Point campground on the coast of Emerald Bay. Our campsite was clean with bear lockers, picnic tables, and fire pit provided. The bathrooms and showers were well kept and I saw park staff cleaning them each morning we were there. We did have a bear sighting(he was trying to get into the main dumpster by the bathrooms). However, once the Rangers were notified they made regular loops around the campground throughout the night to ensure everyone's safety. Our site was right near he trail that lead down to the beach. It was campsite #63. This made it very easy for us to take our kayaks down the .25 mile trail and launch into Emerald bay. I would highly recommend this campsite for anyone in the south Tahoe area!

  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Lucy L., July 11, 2016
  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Lucy L., July 11, 2016
Lucy L.
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016

Beautifully renovated and clean campground

We spent 2 nights at the newly renovated Eagle Point campground on the coast of Emerald Bay. Our campsite was clean with bear lockers, picnic tables, and fire pit provided. The bathrooms and showers were well kept and I saw park staff cleaning them each morning we were there. We did have a bear sighting(he was trying to get into the main dumpster by the bathrooms). However, once the Rangers were notified they made regular loops around the campground throughout the night to ensure everyone's safety. Our site was right near he trail that lead down to the beach. It was campsite #63. This made it very easy for us to take our kayaks down the .25 mile trail and launch into Emerald bay. I would highly recommend this campsite for anyone in the south Tahoe area!

Angel K.
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2016

Great views

Amazing views, what do you expect, it's Tahoe! Campsite is only accessible via boat or hike in from the road. Hike down wasn't bad at all, you can take a paved service road down, about 1.5 miles. Easy access to nearby hiking trails, Vikingsholm mansion, and Eagle Falls. The hike in/boat access limits the number of people, so the site isn't too crowded. Highly recommended with such beautiful views of the lake!

  • Review photo of Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park by Angel K., June 24, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the max vehicle length at Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park?

Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park allows vehicles up to 18 feet.

Are fires allowed at Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Eagle Point Campground — Emerald Bay State Park does not have wifi.

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