Need Help Finding Lake Tahoe Accommodations

Discussion in 'California' started by cmj685, Mar 14, 2019 at 7:23 AM.

  1. cmj685

    cmj685 New Member

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    Jul 22, 2005
    We are back to camping (and popup portal) after about 10 years of taking care of mom and being unable to travel or vacation. So glad to be back! I wanted to lead a small group of 3 families out to Lake Tahoe this coming September 2019 to introduce one of the families to camping, but was disappointed to find that it is already very late in the reservation process and most everywhere is already reserved out. Anyone who knows that part of the country have some counsel on what to do at this "late" date to find a campground (without spending a fortune each night)? We also wanted to take our ATVs out and ride, so we wouldn't be opposed to being near ATV trails. But right now the urgent request is to find a campground that isn't already reserved out for September. Thanks!
  2. drocks

    drocks Member

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    Jul 15, 2015
    The City of South Lake Tahoe run Campground by the Lake in South Lake Tahoe. Here's their website:

    There is also a KOA located a few miles away in the same area. As you are finding, campsites get booked up fairly fast due to demand. ReserveAmerica also covers most of the US Forest Service campgrounds in the area. There are several campgrounds just north of the lake in the Truckee area that you might have a better chance of getting a reservation, you would just have to drive about 10 miles to get to the lake.
  3. Toedtoes

    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    May 28, 2018
    Are you looking for Lake Tahoe in particular? Or just in the Sierras in that region?

    If the latter, look at ElDorado National Forest at Ice House Reservoir and Union Valley Reservoir. Those are up highway 50.

    You can try the Lakes Basin area - that's Tahoe National Forest and Plumas National Forest. Lots of campgrounds there around Bassetts Station out Highway 49.

    None of these have hookup sites, but you'll be close to water if not right at the water. And there are enough campgrounds in the areas that you should be able to find something available.

    For the national forest campgrounds, you want not reserveamerica.

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