Sugar Pine Point State Park

Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and cedar. Deep-line anglers fish the lake's 300-foot deep underwater ledges for trout and salmon. Another attraction is the museum in the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. During winter, the park features cross-country skiing areas.

Directions: The park is located ten miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.

More information: www.parks.ca.gov

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Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park is adjacent to D.L. Bliss State Park. With its rugged shoreline and blue-green water, Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed places in the world. Vikingsholm, a replica of a Scandinavian castle (800 A.D.), is part of the park. The building is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Tours are available of this 38-room mansion. Emerald Bay offers a panoramic view of the lake from Eagle Falls. Hikers can head into nearby Desolation Wilderness or walk the rugged lakeshore to D.L. Bliss along the Rubicon Trail.

Directions: Emerald Bay SP is on the Southwest shore of Lake Tahoe on State Highway 89. The park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City.

More information: www.reserveamerica.com

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Kaspian Campground

Kaspian Campground is located in a mature forest of pine trees overlooking the beautiful Lake Tahoe. Campers will be nestled in a sparse forest of pine trees and evergreen shrubs, just minutes from the bright blue water of Tahoe. The lake and its sandy beaches provides ample recreation opportunities.

Natural Features: The campground is situated in a former picnic area, across the street from the lake. Campsites are spaced for privacy and surrounded by tall ponderosa pine and white fir trees. Some sites offer spectacular views of Lake Tahoe through the trees.

Recreation: Kaspian Campground is ideal for visitors planning a full day of biking around Lake Tahoe. Bike trails that traverse the western shores of the lake begin near the campground. Visitors enjoy water sports on the lake and relaxing on its sandy beaches.

Facilities: The campground offers multiple single-family sites for tent-only camping. Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided

Directions: The campground is located 4 miles south of Tahoe City, on California Highway 89.

More information: www.recreation.gov

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William Kent Campground

William Kent Campground is conveniently located on Lake Tahoe's west shore, a few miles south of Tahoe City. It straddles the highway and features not only a large area in which to camp, but also a day-use area that is popular among visitors.

Natural Features: William Kent Campground is situated in a residential area, alongside a busy highway. The campground has more than 80 sites, each surrounded by tall pine, cedar and fir trees. Many of the sites are secluded with evergreen shrubs and the terrain, with its shallow gullies and low ridges, helps to keep each site separate from neighboring sites.

Recreation:Just minutes away from the campground, 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe provides sunbathing, swimming, boating and water skiing. Anglers can look forward to healthy fish populations of kokanee salmon and mackinaw, rainbow and brown trout. The campground is also ideal for people planning a full day of bike riding around Lake Tahoe. Bike trails that traverse the western shores of Lake Tahoe begin near the campground.

Facilities: The campground offers dozens of campsites, available for tent and RV camping. Each is equipped with tables, campfire rings and grills. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided.

Directions: William Kent Campground is 2 miles south of Tahoe City on California Highway 89.

More information: www.recreation.gov

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Tahoe City Lake Forest Campground

Lake Forest Campground is located one and a half miles east of Tahoe City, off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road. Lake Forest Campground consist of 20 sites that are available on a first come, first serve basis. The sites themselves are set along a looping road that lacks a thick forest setting, but makes up for it with thick bushes and grass which creates a nice privacy barrier at most sites. Many consider Lake Forest Campground as more of an overflow area when no other campsites in the area are available. The location makes it a nice North Lake Tahoe campsite with it’s close proximity to Tahoe City, the Truckee River and Kings Beach. For boaters you can launch your boat at the Lake Forest Public Boat Ramp in the same location as the campground. The campground is run by Tahoe City Public Utility District.

Directions: Lake Forest Campground is located one and a half miles east of Tahoe City, off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road.

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Meeks Bay Campground

Meeks Bay Campground is situated between two popular California State Parks, adjacent to the beautiful Lake Tahoe. The crystal clear waters and sandy beaches, just steps away from the campground, provide a recreational escape for outdoor enthusiasts.

Natural Features: Meeks Bay is in the Lake Tahoe Basin, located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe at a 6,225-foot elevation.

Recreation: The 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe provides sunbathing, swimming, boating and water skiing. Anglers can look forward to healthy fish populations of kokanee salmon and mackinaw, rainbow and brown trout.

Facilities: The campground offers multiple single-family campsites for tent and RV camping. Some sites offer sweeping views of the lake. All sites are close together, some even sharing parking spurs, offering limited privacy between sites.

Directions: Meeks Bay Campground is located 10 miles south of Tahoe City, on California Highway 89.

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D.L. Bliss State Park

About the Park: Campers and day use visitors enjoy swimming or scuba diving in the crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe, picnicking, relaxing on the warm sand of Lester Beach or Calawee Cove, and hiking the Rubicon Trail, Lighthouse Trail, and Balancing Rock Trail. Lester Beach is a popular location to launch your kayak, paddleboard, or canoe, but keep in mind that trailers are not allowed in the day use parking lots.

The grandeur of the parks and their setting is a product of successive upheavals of the mountain-building processes that raised the Sierra Nevada. From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe.

The park is named for a pioneering lumberman, railroad owner, and banker of the region. The D.L. Bliss family donated 744 acres to the State Park system in 1929.

Directions: The park is located 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay.

More information: www.parks.ca.gov

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