Zephyr Cove Resort & Campground is located on the south east shore of Lake Tahoe on Highway 50. Few places on earth rival Lake Tahoe for unspoiled beauty, making it a natural choice for those who love to explore the great outdoors through RV cruising and camping. What better place to stay than at Tahoe's most complete lakefront resort, Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina. Zephyr Cove's award-winning RV Park & Campground offers you the creature comforts of an outstanding facility and the serenity of its lovely wooded setting and lake views. Please note: Campfires and portable charcoal grills are not allowed on the beach.
I booked this place because I thought it would be close to the water, but it's actually across a major street and there is a huge paid parking lot you have to go through to get to the water. I had booked a walk-in site thinking it would be a nice site where we could drop our stuff and park our car not too far away. There are some standard sites where you can park by your site but those didn't look very nice either.
Here are the cons:
1. the walk in sites are on a significant hill which makes it a huge pain in the butt to take your stuff to and you have to walk up to the bathroom
2. the parking is far away because they hold all of their close parking for their RV sites
3. these sites are literally right on top of each other, like barely enough room for a tent and you can see and hear EVERYTHING in the neighboring campsites which are like 20 feet away
4. It's way too congested and right by the major road which makes for a non-peaceful setting
I had pre-paid for 2 nights here and ended up leaving after like 2 hrs. I guess if you're just looking to be close to South Lake Tahoe and the casinos and lots of people, this would be good for you, but it is by no means a serene camping environment.
Nice clean campground. Lots of options depending on the size of your rig. Everyone is very close though and you are right off the main road. More of a resort feel than campground feel really.
Excellent spot for the whole family. Beware, if you are pulling a trailer brush up on your backing up skills. Very tight and narrow. Best time to get in the park is during the day. Not much difference between back in sites versus pull through sites. Very clean facilities. Close to everything. Everyone is nice and friendly. #162 is a good level site for RV.
We stayed here for one night in May. It was a beautiful site under large trees. We stayed when they were just opening for the season. Restrooms and showers were very clean and were very private. The RV park was very busy, the upper tent sites were not yet open. It is a very pretty location with just a short walk across the road to the lake shore…the price was right, compared to the rv parks in South Tahoe. Zephyr cove also has a lodge and cabins and a restaurant. Would stay here again.
Our family camped here every summer when I was growing up. The waters of Lake Tahoe were much clearer and far less crowded then (1950s - 1960s), so we often had an entire beach along the northeastern shore to ourselves when we took our boat out for the day.
It was a special place for my mom, too: she grew up in Reno and attended Campfire Girls summer camps there in the 1930s.
Even after all of the development and human impacts, Zephyr Cove and Lake Tahoe are very nice spots for family camping and outings. Try it after Labor Day, when many summer-season tourists leave, if you are ready for chilly weather and the occasional early-season snowfallin exchange for a quieter experience.
We've always like zephyr cove as it's a bit away from the south shore hectic crowds. Zephyr cove rv park has a ton of rvs, but rent camping as well. Sites are very close together with some shade depending on the site. Lots of bees this year, so bring an epipen if you're allergic. Bathrooms aren't kept very clean, but the campground is very large so there are a lot of people going in and out. Staff was very friendly. Close access to the lake, and a bar is within walking distance. This is bear country, so be prepared and don't leave food out! A neighboring site left a ton of food out and a very large and hungry bear made himself comfortable.
Dog friendly :)
a fantastic campground whether you're in a rv camper or tent. they have around 15 walk in campsites accessible from a small parking lot at the top of the hill(probly preferable for those seeking a bit more quiet). around 11 drive up tent sites, one of which we used, and a wide variety of rv parking like in rows nearest the lake. crossing the highway to the lake you'll find the lodge with great bloody Mary's and full service restaurant. the beach boasts great views and ferry rides with jet ski rentals. if you paddle up the coast on the lake you'll find even more beach bars