North Canyon Campground

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North Canyon Road in the fall. Photo John Peltier

North Canyon Campground is one of the three developed tent campgrounds in the Spooner Backcountry, Lake Tahoe State Park. North Canyon is the closest campground to Spooner Lake.  It’s also one of our favorites for fall camping options in Lake Tahoe.

The hike into North Canyon Campground is just under five miles along the Tahoe Rim Trail from Spooner Summit and about three miles from Spooner Lake.

There are only four campsites; dispersed camping is not permitted anywhere in the Spooner Backcountry. Campsites are first-come, first-serve.

You can park at either Spooner Summit or in the Spooner Lake parking lot.  If you park at the summit you’ll pay the $10 fee in self-serve envelopes shortly after leaving the parking lot.


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