Fallen Leaf Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The Fallen Leaf Campground is approximately one-quarter mile north of Fallen Leaf Lake. Nestled among towering native pine trees, this campground offers a variety of recreational activities.  The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is directly across Highway 89 and has interpretive programs, guided walks on the Rainbow Trail and to the Stream Profile Chamber.  Also nearby are: Pope and Baldwin Beaches for water recreation, Tallac Historic Site with tours of its historic buildings and grounds, a paved bike trail that runs 3 miles along Highway 89 and can be used to access all of the above.  Excellent day hiking and backpacking in Desolation Wilderness via the Glen Alpine or Mt. Tallac trailheads are nearby.  Standing BBQ's and fire rings are available at all sites; please use fire areas provided at each campsite and do not build additional fire rings.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed For Season
Operational Hours: Fallen Leaf Lake Campground is generally open Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. Reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov.
Fees For reservations, visit www.recreation.gov.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Fallen Leaf Lake is not a designated swim beach, but swimming and leashed pets are allowed.  
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Operated By: This Forest Service campground operated by private concessionaire, California Land Management.

General Information


Fallen Leaf Lake Campground is located on the south side of Lake Tahoe, approximately three miles north of the "Y" (the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 89) in South Lake Tahoe. The campground entrance can be accessed by turning off Highway 89 onto Fallen Leaf Lake Road.

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