Fallen Leaf Campground is located on the north shore of Fallen Leaf Lake and adjacent to Taylor Creek. The south shore of Lake Tahoe is less than a mile away – some beaches on Lake Tahoe are within walking distance. The campground has 206 sites that include 6 yurts, and standard tent/RV sites. There is no electrical, water or sewer hookups. A dump site is available at the adjacent Camp Richardson for an $18 fee.
The location is very convenient for us:2165 Fallen Leaf Rd South Lake Tahoe CA 96150 (877) 444-6777
We stayed in Site 151 – not a great site for even our small, 30 ft RV. If you are good at turning a 5th wheel on a dime, maneuvering between dumpsters, a water bib and recycling bins, this spot will be great for you! Oh yeah, and you have to love the sun and its warmth and/or running your A/C. Although, the cool, high altitude air cools everything off at night, a day time nap inside the rig requires air!
MOST SITES ARE HUGE! It almost made up for the terrible pad – not quite, but if reservations aren’t made six months in advance, you end up with something like this:
Here is our review:
Site #151 – Not ideal but large enough for a family site.
Reservations needed by:
Reservations can be made six months in advance online line at:
This campground is HUGE and in a forest setting. Being near Lake Tahoe is a bonus. There are hiking trails to suit everyone – easy, hard, long, short, on or near beaches, low and high elevations. Anything you desire. The area is postcard perfect. Not only is Lake Tahoe one of the most beautiful bodies of water in California, this campground also has its own lake, Fallen Leaf Lake, surrounded by mountains and beautiful pine trees. Fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming is available. Simply breathtaking – and, incidentally, very cold:
This photo was taken on the south side; not campground entrance. I forgot to take one!
The campground offered:
The tent and RV sites have paved parking aprons. Each yurt and standard site has a bear-proof food storage locker, campfire ring, pedestal grill and picnic table.
Coin-operated shower facilities, water spigots and accessible restrooms with flush toilets are scattered throughout the campground. A camp host is on-site, and firewood and supplies can be purchased from the camp store. A public phone is also available.
The surrounding woods provide habitat for squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks and a variety of birds. The campground has some resident black bears that are often seen by guests; please be safe around bears.
Places visited and things to remember next time:
We will be staying here again, as we do every year. We actually took two hours on Saturday morning to walk the entire campground. We took notes and photographs of every site we liked – being choosy on available shade, pad size, lot size, location and traffic (loops have less traffic than the main road in and out). Most of our site reviews were based on three sites together because we camp here annually. This was the annual trip with friends so this write-up is based on a group stay.
Our group stays at least three nights. The first night is glamping. We set up camp and head over to the Beacon Bar and Grill, the home of the Rum Runner (tropical fruit juice with Spiced Rum, White Rum, and a float of Dark Rum on top of a slushy mix). Most of us also have calamari with our traditional cocktails. The Beacon, part of Camp Richardson, does have a wonderful menu, but we just can’t seem to get past the generous portions of appetizers, clam chowder and drinks.
Hours & Info:
7 days a week: 10:30am – Close
Live Music: Weekends (1-5pm)
THE SUNSET AND VIEW OF LAKE TAHOE IS SPECTACULAR!
We always do some kind of hike during our stay. There are so many beautiful trails. This time we hiked overlooking Emerald Bay:
We parked at the D. L. Bliss State Park Beach and began our trek on the Rubicon Trail:
I don’t wanna bore you with a gazillion landscape pictures, but OMG:
See you next time !!