Straddling the border between California and Nevada is Lake Tahoe. Surrounded by wilderness and national forest service land, Lake Tahoe is a world of its own. Whether you want to paddleboard and kayak across the lake itself, hike the Desolation Wilderness, or enjoy the city of South Lake Tahoe, you’ll have more options than you know what to do with!
No matter your outdoor adventure interest, you need options to park your camper van at night! So whether you’re looking for a resort or RV park, here are the 6 best places to park your campervan for your Lake Tahoe camping trip!
Tahoe Valley Campground
If you don’t feel like reading a full list and want something that can fit anyone’s needs comfortably, the Tahoe Valley Campground is it! About halfway between South Lake Tahoe and the Lake Tahoe Airport, this luxurious campground gives easy access to the city, the lake, and the wilderness surrounding it all. So if you want to be surrounded by trees without being too far away from it all, this campground is your best bet!
As you would expect, you’ll have full hookups, great accessibility, and proximity to the lakefront. You’ll find yourself just a short drive away from the lake itself as well as Emerald Bay State Park and D.L. Bliss State Park among other amazing lake views! With hundreds of reservable RV and tent sites and a variety of amenity levels, this campground on the California side of Lake Tahoe has something for you.
Coachland RV Park
Also on the other side of state lines in Truckee, California, is the Coachland RV Park. Coachland promises a luxurious experience and comes with all necessary amenities. This site in the Sierra Nevadas is open year-round as it is at almost 6000 feet of elevation. So whether you’re coming to Tahoe for relaxing, boating, or skiing, Coachland will be open!
With 114 pull-through RV sites and new back-in sites under construction, Coachland has more than enough space to spare. With full hookups and free wifi, you don’t have to choose between value and comfort as summer rates start at $71 and winter rates at $49. With all the amenities you could ask for, you don’t have to forgo the luxuries of flush toilets and laundry when you camp here.
Camp Richardson Resort
In South Lake Tahoe is the historic Camp Richardson Resort. At nearly a century old, this resort has seen its share of visitors looking to escape to Lake Tahoe! Located about as close to Lake Tahoe as you can get, it’s just a short drive up Emerald Bay Road from here to both nearby state parks as well as Meeks Bay. Also close by is Fallen Leaf Lake (and Fallen Leaf Campground)!
This South Lake Tahoe RV village has everything you need for your stay and features “award-winning lakefront dining!” You can choose between full hookup and partial hookup sites. The extra $5 (from $65-70 on weekends and $60-65 Sunday through Thursday) per night gets you a sewer hookup. Partial hookups have 30 amp electric hookups as well as water hookups. Note that hookups are at the front of the RV site, and all sites are back-in only. You may want an extension cord. All sites come with picnic tables and fire rings, although generators are not allowed.
Whatever choice you make, Camp Richardson is within walking distance of the south shore of Lake Tahoe and conveniently close to dining, shopping, and all the nightlife of South Lake Tahoe.
Silver City RV Resort
Finally, an RV Park on the Nevada side of state lines! Near Reno, Nevada, this RV resort has 202 RV spots to choose from, with both pull-through and back-in spots available. With free wifi, a dump station, and propane on-site (as well as full hookups, of course), this resort lives up to its name! If you feel cooped up in your motorhome, you have the option to opt for tent camping on-site as well, should you choose to do so.
Expect rates to be about $70 per day during the summer, with spring and fall about $60. If you’re there in winter, expect to pay around $50 per day. Make sure to make your reservation ahead of time, even though this resort has ample spots. Always better to be safe than sorry!
Gold Ranch Casino and RV Resort
You’ll find the Gold Ranch Casino and RV Resort just outside of Reno on the Nevada-California border. About 40 minutes away from the north shore of Lake Tahoe, you’ll be able to explore Reno and its casinos before heading down to Lake Tahoe and its surrounding hiking trails!
You can expect full hookups at Gold Ranch, and if you want to try out Nevada’s largest enterprise, there’s a conveniently located casino! Gold Ranch has 46 total RV sites, with 14 of them available for back-in, 29 for pull-through, and 3 for pull-in, so you have all the options you could want! No matter how you park, you’ll have electrical, water, and sewer hookups with free wifi and a clubhouse!
Meeks Bay Campground
If you’re looking to be on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, then Meeks Bay is where you want to stay! Unfortunately, there is more limited availability here as it’s mainly tent camping; however, there are 16 RV sites that you can reserve. Operated by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, you’ll have to make your reservations with the National Forest Service.
Meeks Bay can get crowded, so you can check out the Meeks Bay Resort for RV and tent camping options as a backup option. The resort, like Meeks Bay Campground, has full hookups available. In addition, the resort has restrooms and showers located on-site. Whichever you choose, the west shore of Lake Tahoe is a fantastic recreation area for all ages!
There are plenty of great Lake Tahoe Campgrounds to choose from, and you can’t go wrong with any of these picks or by visiting any of the sides of Lake Tahoe! For those looking for an even more full outdoor experience, Tahoe is more than just the lake. With plenty of hiking trails in the area, adventure is just a trailhead away!
If Lake Tahoe camping is on your bucket list, why not rent a fully loaded campervan with unlimited miles for your journey? Put in your arrival date for pickup and your planned drop-off date at one of three locations and see what your Lake Tahoe journey could look like!
If you’re looking for more Nevada inspiration, check out this list of the Top 10 Best Campgrounds in Nevada! Also, make sure to check the Lake Tahoe visitors bureau for the most up-to-date information on what’s open, traffic, and safety notifications.
Enjoy your trip, and we can’t wait to hear about it!
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Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.