Camping & Cabins

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Lake Tahoe offers 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 for Desolation.

When camping in the wilderness, please minimize your impacts on the land and use the Leave No Trace ethics and remember, campfires are not permitted in Desolation Wilderness.   


For the safety of our communities, wildlife and forests, Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest lands are under year-round fire restrictions per Forest Order No. 19-19-02

This means campfires and charcoal are only allowed within metal fire rings in designated campgrounds like Fallen Leaf or Nevada Beach.

Campfires and charcoal are not allowed in Desolation Wilderness or Meiss Country; along the Tahoe Rim Trail or Genoa Peak Road; in any backcountry rock fire rings; on National Forest beaches; or in the general forest. 

Illegal campfires should be reported immediately to 911. Portable pressurized gas stoves are allowed in all areas with a valid California Campfire Permit obtainable online at

Areas & Activities