While not technically in the Tahoe basin, Silver Creek Campground is a great campground near Lake Tahoe, just minutes from Tahoe City. If other campgrounds in Lake Tahoe are full, try this.
Silver Creek Campground has a total of 23 sites; five of those are in the main loop and designated tent-only sites, and seven are walk-to tent sites closer to the river and further from the highway. The sites that are close to the highway are prone to highway noise; the tent sites closer to the river will mostly have the highway sound drowned out by the river (if running strong). Many campsites are shaded by pines but some are exposed.
The Silver Creek Campground offers river access, walking & biking paths, and plenty of fishing opportunities on the Truckee River.
Pets must be leashed.
Reservations must be made at least two days before arrival and can be made six months in advance.
Tahoe City is ten minutes south and Truckee is ten minutes north.