Paddle or motor yourself to a lakeside campsite and sleep above the leftovers of sheer Sierra cliffs that descend into the slender bay to create a designated underwater park where scuba exploration is permitted! Boat-in camp features twenty primitive campsites tucked between the shade of trees, just a hop, skip and a jump from the sweet waters of Emerald Bay. Each campsite has a table, storage locker and a fire ring. Chemical toilets can also be found in the campground, but no showers. If water travel isn’t your jam, Boat-in Camp is accessible via good old fashioned foot travel along the scenic Rubicon trail. Whether you get there by foot, boat or a miraculous sprouting of wings, experiencing the elemental simplicity of Boat-in Camp is truly regenerative.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
114 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.


The scenic Emerald Bay area will reward your tired biking legs with incredible vantage points - the kind of views that make w...Read more


Have you heard of Lake Tahoe? That tiny lil’ water recreation gem no one really knows about yet, where you can motor around thr...Read more


At nearby D.L. Bliss State Park’s Lester and Calawee Cove beaches, fishing enthusiasts can cast their line for rainbow, brown a...Read more


We’re talking tree shaded curves that shape shift into steep canyon walls which metamorphosize into hidden lake havens. Emeral...Read more


Do you relish the smooth slice of wood through lake water, as you glide via kayak (or canoe) toward a campsite destination so p...Read more

Wind sports

Make friends with the wind and refine your windsurfing or kiteboarding expertise in the waters of Tahoe when you go play at Eme...Read more

Snow sports

Snowshoeing trails await your powdery imprint, particularly along the Cascade Lake Trail . Don’t save Emerald Bay for the summ...Read more


When gazing at a photo of Emerald Bay’s glassy cove as it merges, seamlessly, with the grander expanse of Lake Tahoe, the fir...Read more

Wildlife watching

A birder might just wet themselves on an Emerald Bay trail, when ospreys, bald eagles, western tanagers, white headed and pilea...Read more


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Hipcamper Sofia
Sofia I.
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February 2nd, 2017

Need to book well in advance and hike in is quite steep

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in September
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Andy P.
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May 2nd, 2017

Awesome spot to camp if you can get the reservation. The Rubicon trail is quite close and is among the best hikes in Tahoe.

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Henna A.
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September 7th, 2017

You can also hike in (approx 1 mile). Beautiful campsite right by the bay.

Sunrise on the bay
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Emerald Bay State Park
United States
Phone Number
(530) 541-3030
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38.96° N, 120.097° W
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Tent Only: 45 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 49 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Boat In: 20 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)