Camp Richardson

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Pope Beach. Photo CampingLakeTahoe.com


  • AGENCY & STATE: U.S. Forest Service, California
  • SEASON: May-Oct
  • FACILITIES: Flush toilets, Showers, Dump station, Electric hookup, Water hookup, Picnic tables, Fire pits, Water, Store, Marina, Restaurant
  • FEES: $45-$135
  • PHONE NUMBER: 8005441801

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Camp Richardson, California

Camp Richardson offers year-round recreational opportunities on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

The campgrounds themselves (tent and RV) are only open during the summer season.  There are 115 tent sites; a number of these sites are double sites (max 4 tents) with a few triple sites (max 6 tents).  These tent sites are split up into loops on the lake side of Highway 89 and sites across the highway from the lake.  Almost all campsites enjoy the shade of the pines.

There are also 100 RV sites at Camp Richardson, with some offering electric & water hookups.  This RV park is across the highway from the lake and separate from the tent sites.

Camp Richardson is home to The Beacon restaurant, a marina, store, and fun ice cream shop.

There are NO PETS allowed on the Camp Richardson property.

Reservations must be made through an online inquiry or by calling. Single tent sites are $45 and RV sites are $50. Double & triple tent sites are $90 & $135, respectively.

South Lake Tahoe is within walking & biking distance.

Things to do near Camp Richardson

You could stay at Camp Richardson for days and not even leave the campground.  The Beacon is known for their rum runner drinks, and also serves pub food with live music, right on the beach.  You can rent watercraft from the Camp Richardson Marina.  There is also a small general store at the camp.  Campers may walk into Pope Beach without paying the fee; Kiva Beach is also to the west of the camp.  A bike path runs right in front of Camp Richardson, which goes into South Lake Tahoe’s “Y”, where there are a few great bars and restaurants.

Camp Richardson is also only a few minutes from some great trailheads.  The Mt. Tallac trailhead is only a few minutes west; continuing a few miles further west you’ll end up at the Bayview Trailhead.  This trailhead, which is across from Emerald Bay’s Inspiration Point, will take you into Desolation Wilderness.  Fallen Leaf Lake is also only a few minutes to the south; there is a trailhead on the south side that will take you to Glen Alpine Falls and further into Desolation Wilderness.

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