Bayview Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Bayview Campground is located near Emerald Bay and sits at an elevation of 7,100 feet. Opening and closing dates are dependant on the weather. Bayview Campground serves as a Trailhead for Desolation Wilderness. A Wilderness Permit is required to enter Desolation Wilderness.

Day hikers may pick up a day-use permit at the self serve area at the Trailhead. Overnight hikers must obtain an overnight permit before arriving at the Trailhead. 

Campfires are only allowed in provided metal fire rings.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for Season
Reservations: Bayview is a first-come, first-served campground.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: No reservations are taken. Maximum vehicle length is 20 feet. A Wilderness Permit is required to enter Desolation Wilderness.
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: This is a National Forest campground operated by private concessionaire, California Land Management.

General Information


Take Hwy 89 north from South Lake Tahoe approximately eight miles to the Bayview Campground located across from Inspiration Point.

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