William Kent Campground

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  • AGENCY & STATE: U.S. Forest Service, California
  • SEASON: May-Oct
  • FACILITIES: Flush toilets, Water, Fire pits, Picnic tables, Dump station
  • FEES: $30
  • PHONE NUMBER: 5305833642

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William Kent Campground, California

William Kent Campground is situated in between two residential neighborhoods, one mile south of Tahoe City and across Highway 89 from Lake Tahoe.

The campground has 76 campsites situated under the pines; some are reservable while others are set aside for walk-ups.  Some of the sites – certainly not all – may be uncomfortably close to private backyards.  Examples in the photos.  Most of the sites are set away from the homes and have great privacy, even from other campers.

Pets are allowed in the campground on a leash but not at the beach across the street.

William Kent Campground offers a great location for river rafting, fishing, and boating of all types.

Things to do near William Kent Campground

William Kent Campground is across the street from West Shore Market grocery.  Next to that is one of Lake Tahoe’s best and most well-known restaurants – Sunnyside Restaurant.  They have an outstanding menu with patio seating on the shore of Lake Tahoe.  Another dinner option is Spoon, and for breakfast & lunch check out Fire Sign Cafe, both near the entrance to William Kent Campground.  There are also a number of great options a five-minute drive north in Tahoe City, the first being the Bridgetender Tavern.

The beach across the street from William Kent Campground is private, however, there are plenty of other options near the campground.  There’s a narrow strand of sand about a half mile south of the campground, close to Kaspian Campground.  Just five minutes north is Commons Beach, a great grassy picnic area on the beach, across the bridge in Tahoe City.

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Park near the bridge and Commons Beach. Photo Ken Lund – Flickr

Tahoe City is a great hub for so many other activities.  There are some world-class mountain biking trails in the mountains above Tahoe City.  The Tahoe Rim Trail also passes through Tahoe City, with hiking trails taking you to nearby destinations of Watson Lake and Page Meadows.  If you prefer to be on the water, there are plenty of watercraft rental opportunities in Tahoe City, including for floating the Truckee River.  Fishing is also a popular activity in Tahoe City and on the Truckee River.

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