As you plan your visit, please check out the official campground webpage on the Forest Service website to find information on seasonal closures, any fees, fire alerts and necessary permits. Also remember that many national forest campgrounds are remote, which is what makes them so great, but GPS apps and mapping sites may not be accurate. We recommend that you read and take note of the driving directions and cautions carefully. A special bit of caution to RV’s: you could be in for a bumpy ride, so make sure to do your homework!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
40 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


There are a good number of biking trails around Lake Tahoe, especially in the south shore. There are bike paths, dirt roads, si...Read more


Picture this: bright blue skies reflected in glassy water, mountain peaks and trees rising up around you. There isn’t much that...Read more


The lakes here are stunning, and the rivers are just as amazing, offering fantastic fishing opportunities for rainbow, brown, e...Read more


There are over a hundred miles of hiking trails where you can wander through fields of wildflowers, stroll around lakes, and tr...Read more

Horseback riding

Giddy up! There are horse trails around for you and your horsey friend to explore, especially in the backcountry. You’ll need a...Read more


Your flatwater recreation opportunities are limitless at Lake Tahoe! Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, waterskiing, windsurf...Read more

Wind sports

Want some adrenaline-pumping adventure over that beautiful shimmering blue water? Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe are great for...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Looking to drive off road? Who isn’t? Tahoe has quite a few off roading trails, you can see the list here. Rubicon Trail is one...Read more


The Sierras by Lake Tahoe make for excellent climbing and bouldering: the Pie Shop has excellent cragging; Donner Summit has th...Read more

Snow sports

Snow sports became popular at Lake Tahoe from the 1960 Olympic Games at Squaw Valley. Now, there’s snowboarding, skiing, snowmo...Read more


Of course you can swim at Tahoe! Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove, Fallen Leaf, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, and William Kent are campgrounds w...Read more

Wildlife watching

You’ll have no trouble wildlife watching in the Tahoe Basin. There are mountain lions, beavers, martens, black bears, coyotes, ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Meeks Bay Campground.

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Swimming hole
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B K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 10th, 2016

Best part about this campground is that it has great beach access - all sites are just a short stroll away from the lake. Unfortunately, the sites are pretty small and tightly packed, so there is not much privacy. The campground is also really close to Highway 89 which makes it pretty loud during the day - you can hear the cars zooming by. Not a bad place to stay if you want to explore the Tahoe area but definitely not a campsite at which I would recommend spending too much time.

Hipcamper B
B K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 10th, 2016

Also - this campground does accept bookings and is generally booked up so do not expect to be able to walk in.

Hipcamper Alexis
Alexis B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 18th, 2018

Meeks Bay is congested and isn’t the most peaceful campsite. If you are okay with having a packed campground then I highly recommend it due to its location! You are right next to the lake, and our campground hosts were extremely kind and friendly. Lake Tahoe is a great place to be; there are a few Market/Delis which have lines out the door for food and beverages. We recommend driving into Tahoma and go to that market the food there is amazing. Also bring some cash so you can rent a kayak from the campground hosts instead of having to drive further. Reasonable price at $35 for the day compared to $80-$100. So great hikes as well if you drive further North such as Eagle Rock Trail. This is less then a mile up and the views are worth it.

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Hipcamper Rose
Rose H.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2018

Weather can change from warm to cool and rain

Hipcamper Terri
Terri G.
recommends this listing.
December 2nd, 2018

Beachside camping with a little store that is cute!

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November 4th, 2018
Hipcamper Erick S.
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December 7th, 2018
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January 19th, 2019
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Hipcamper Alexis B.
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July 17th, 2018
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April 10th, 2017
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Area
United States
Phone Number
(530) 543-2600
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39.036° N, 120.123° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 40 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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