Our weekend stay was October 7-9, 2016
Nevada Beach Campground and Day Use Pavilion is part of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, US Forest Service. It is located north of the South Lake Tahoe casino strip and adjacent to beautiful Lake Tahoe. The campground is at 6100 ft. elevation, is surrounded by tall pines, evergreen shrubs and most sites have a view of the lake. “ Its subdued atmosphere is a welcomed characteristic, as visitors come to enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountain landscape.” INDEED!
The location is also very convenient for us:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Nevada Beach Campground and Day Use Pavilion is located 2 miles east of the California-Nevada state line, on Highway 50.
Ok – enough of the formalities…this is our favorite campground so far. #1 in our book. I am torn between keeping this place as a well-guarded secret or being responsible and feeding my blog! The only things that would make this campground better would be hookups, but it’s not necessary because it would drive the price up and bring more people. There are so many more important, wonderful amenities offered in my opinion.
Here is our review:
Site #012 – We were surprised to get such a great site without reserving six months in advance. We stayed during the second to the last week the campground is open for this season. The first thing we noticed was the condition of all the pads. They are ALL long, wide, in beautiful condition and level. We thought we got really lucky, but all of them are like that. There really isn’t a bad site. Some are better than others, but most every site has a beautiful view of the lake; some in the center of the campground do not. We walked the entire place to take notes and pick the most desirable sites with the best views, but you’ll have to pry my favorites out of me! I aint tellin’!! Seriously, there isn’t a site I wouldn’t stay in just to be able to stay there.
This is our site:
It sounds like the same story, but we met so many nice people. Teresa and her husband CJ gave us all kinds of tips on how to book next season and what their favorite sites are. Everyone else we talked to while we were on our investigation was friendly and helpful as well. This is what I love about RVing. It’s like the old days when neighbors actually became friends you could borrow a cup of sugar from. I haven’t borrowed anything from strangers yet, but you get my point.
The campground offered:
A view to die for. Not only is the most beautiful lake in the world in our backyard, but we can see it first thing in the morning in a campground. The facility offers clean restrooms with flush toilets throughout the area. There are several water spigots for filling your fresh water tanks when you arrive. Each site has a firepit, large picnic table and barbecue, as well as a large lot to spread out – very spacious affording privacy and quiet. The sandy beach is close to most sites and great for a nice, romantic walk along the shoreline.
The sunrises are spectacular!
Dogs are not allowed on the north side of the beach, but have their own place to play by taking a short walk to the south side. What a great idea! It’s the same beach, but there is a side for everyone.
Places visited and things to remember next time:
We weren’t able to get a satellite signal with our King Quest Direct TV dish. I suppose one could consider all the trees a disadvantage, but not me. It would have been nice to watch the San Francisco Giants blow their opportunity to make it into the championship playoffs. Or not. Instead, we went to the Lakeside Casino (about three miles away) and drowned our sorrows in the Sports Bar! Oh well, there is always next year, right?
There is a Safeway located right outside of the campground, across Highway 50. So if you forget toilet paper, or want fresh bread, it’s a convenient and affordable solution. A bank, a couple restaurants and other little goodies are located in the neighborhood shopping center as well.
We aren’t big gamblers, but if you are, the casinos are a hop, skip and jump away. There are some great restaurants on the strip if you like to glamp sometimes too.
ME? Next time I am definitely going to take the gondola from Heavenly.
I have always wanted to ride the Gondola to the top of Heavenly Mountain. BUT NOW…there’s stuff up there! A 2.4 mile ride up the Heavenly Mountain Gondola was on my bucket list because of the panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Still, the price was enough to keep me from actually experiencing the ride to nowhere. BUT now there are activities at the end of the rainbow:
Zip lines, ropes courses, a mountain coaster (it’s kind of like a toboggan ride low to the ground (you can go as fast or slow as you like) and much more, the options are endless at Epic Discovery, the ultimate playground!
Hours of Operation:
CLOSED FOR THE 2016 SUMMER SEASON
June 18 – September 5, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm, daily)
Sept 9 – Sept 25, 2016 (Gondola 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Activities 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, Friday– Sunday)
Address: 4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Here is the link for prices during the summer season: Heavenly Gondola/Adventure Pass
We aren’t skiers – I prefer my snow season to include hot totties by a warm fire, with a blanket and my kitty. If you are the winter sport type, here’s a bonus: With the purchase of your 2016-2017 Winter Season Pass
, you have unlimited free summer Scenic Gondola Ride access and a special discount on Activity Passes!
What a wonderful weekend camping adventure we had! We will definitely go back next summer (many times). Lake Tahoe is one of my most favorite places in the world. Having a campground there is a bonus!
Next review will be about Lawson’s Landing in a couple of weeks. You can find Lawson’s Landing located about 50 miles North of San Francisco and 20 miles West of Petaluma at Dillon Beach. It will be interesting because they are trying to get the place cleaned up. Stay tuned for a comparison of our first stay (before the cleanup) and our next stay. My favorite parts of our last trip was the fresh barbecued oysters we got there and the friends we spend the weekend with. I’m so looking forward to it! See you next time!!!