Meeks Bay Campground

Tahoe National Forest

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Manicina Rd. Meeks Bay, CA 96150 530-543-2600 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 39.0359, -120.124

Last Price Paid: $30
Number of Sites: 40
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: May-October
Elevation: 6280 ft
Max Stay: 14
Max Length: 25 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Phoenix, AZ
2 reviews
Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 3

Wife_squared would stay here again

“Great campground with access to Lake Tahoe”

Reviewed Nov 12, 2018

Overall Rating

My wife and myself have stayed at this campground, twice now. The first time was in September of 2016, right before we got married in Tahoma, and the second was this past July 4th weeken. The campsites were spacious for us both times, but some are better than others with tree coverage. Let’s put it this way, our neighbors were able to string up 6 hammocks in their small camping space.

The first time in September was great since it was on the colder side, there wasn’t really anyone around so we had the area around our campsite empty. The bay it’s in helps with some of the wind and your not too close to the lake.

The second time was in a more busy time of year, the 4th if July week. All camp sites were booked in advanced which isn’t surprising since it’s very busy during the summer months. The people next to us were able to come up on the day and get a campsite, people sometimes don’t show. In fact they were able to have one for 3 nights in a row.

Check-in is easy and the nap they give you is very accurate. You can buy wood for a fire from them at the gate or at night someone will come around on an ATV to offer some (only cash $8 a bundle I believe).

We took our dog the second time and it was very easy to set up an area for her with the trees and such. Dogs can’t go on the beach access part but can where the rocks start to the right of the beach.

You can easily set up your tent or small rv in the spaces. The toilets are clean but no showers available. The location is about a 30 min drive from South Lake Tahoe and about 50 mins from North Lake Tahoe. It is only less than 10 mins from Tahoma.

The road was a little noisy at certain times but for the most part it was pretty quiet, especially if you camp closer to the beach access. During the day they do let people who pay come and park at the beach to use it, but they must leave at a certain time. There is a small market close by to buy items you wish, but it advised to buy in South Lake Tahoe.

Cell phone coverage is almost none except close to the beach, where sometimes you can get service. To get the days you want you need to make reservations many months in advance or chance it by showing up and hoping someone canceled their reservation.

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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