Camping & Cabins

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Lake Tahoe offers the visitor many camping opportunities.  Whether you enjoy the convenience of a full service cabin or campground or the secluded primitiveness of Wilderness camping, the National Forest lands of the Lake Tahoe Basin have something for everyone.  For cabin rental information, follow the "Find An Area" link on the right side of this page, then select an area for which you are interested.  Please note:  there is no "Dispersed" camping in the Lake Tahoe Basin.


Developed Campgrounds

Developed campgrounds offer a range of facilities for the tent or RV camper.  All developed campgrounds at Lake Tahoe charge a fee and there are many around the Basin to choose from.  The open season for campgrounds is dependent on snowfall, but they are generally open from Memorial Day to Labor Day at a minimum.  For more information on developed campgrounds, visit our Campgrounds in the Lake Tahoe Basin web page.


Wilderness Camping

Wilderness camping is available in the Desolation, Granite Chief and Mt. Rose wildernesses.  Desolation Wilderness requires a wilderness permit to enter and you can find more information by following the link above.

When camping in the wilderness, please minimize your impacts on the land and use the Leave No Trace ethics.  



Campfires are permitted within designated campgrounds only if the fire is contained within a metal campfire ring or barbeque pit provided by the Forest Service. For a more detailed description of the Forest Service camping and campfire policy at Lake Tahoe, read the Lake Tahoe Basin's Camping Restriction Order #19-15-01 at

For more information, please contact the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150, (530) 543-2600 (voice), (530) 543-0956 (TTY).

Areas & Activities