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Overview of Watson Lake Campground

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Number of Sites 6

Pad Type dirt

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 7,775 ft / 2,369 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Rich asked on 8/28/2022

Can anyone share what the cell phone coverage is at this campground? We have an iphone, with Verizon service that we...

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Bapquest asked on 7/20/2022

Can a small 18ft trailer camp here?

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Reviews of Watson Lake Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Overall Rating
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Cell Phone Coverage

Verizon 4G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 9/2/2023
“Nice little lake near Tahoe”

Reviewed 9/2/2023

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Overall Rating

A good spot about 30 minutes away from Lake Tahoe. Down a paved logging road sitting by a small leak. Good dispersed, campsites. Vault toilets and Verizon cell signal that gets better the farther back you go. Some dirt bike traffic during the day but gone by dusk. Stayed 2 nights at the beginning of Labor Day weekend.

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Verizon 4G

The Traveling Nurse would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

18 reviews
“Quiet spot out of the Tahoe hustle, small and tight”

Reviewed 7/13/2022

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: C2
Overall Rating

NOTE: We googled in, and it directed via an aggressive off-road route, we arrived to see a Prius and realized there was a totally paved road in. I can't remember if we had service, but download offline maps or check Gaia. I believe we took a left onto the rough road, and if we'd stayed on pavement we'd have gotten there faster.

Small lake, tight spots all on a slope facing the water. It was Memorial Day weekend and we were able to get a spot on the water. People were all friendly, you would have a hard time avoiding conversation here :) Lots of day use folks with kayaks and through hikers. It was beautiful and a great place to spend a night. The frogs were chirping til late, wasn't buggy - wished we'd had a kayak or something, we would have stayed longer to enjoy.

On the Tahoe Rim Trail (https://tahoerimtrail.org/)

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

JAZ
JAZ
Truckee, TX
29' Arctic Fox 275L
GMC 2500HD
6 reviews
“This is not a review - its an FYI from a local”

noted 7/21/2022

This campground is definitely not a California State Park campground. It is a primitive campground on USFS property I believe. Its possibly on private logging land but more likely USFS.

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