The South and West Shore of Lake Tahoe is loaded with lodging opportunities!
Bay View Campground is located across the Inspiration Point Trolley stop above Emerald Bay! This is a first come first serve campground so plan accordingly. Cascade Falls Trailhead is located within the Bay View Campground!
Meeks Bay is a beautiful resort with cabin, tent sites, and trailer camping available.
Camp Richardson is a historic resort equipped with hotel rooms, cabins, tent sites, and trailer camping!
Fallen Leaf Campground is located along beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake with plenty of tent sites available, just south of the Mt. Tallac Trailhead!
Backpacking Desolation Wilderness is also a possibility!
The lodging opportunities discussed above are all conveniently located along Highway 89 adjacent to an Emerald Bay Trolley stop!
It is important to plan ahead and reserve a camping spot well in advance. The Lake Tahoe Basin is a popular tourist attraction, campgrounds are usually full during the summer peak season.
South Lake Tahoe’s independent coffeehouse, restaurant, wine & dessert bar, and internet café. Open Everyday 7am-4pm. Located at 2279 Lake Tahoe Blvd #2, South Lake Tahoe, CA. See the menu here.
Located on the shores of South Lake Tahoe on the way to Emerald Bay, this Bar & Grill has tasty food and panoramic views of the lake.
Open daily, year-round, serving breakfast and lunch, deli take-out, groceries, beer and wine, ice, camping supplies, books, maps, clothing and gifts, ATM.
Here you can get homemade sandwiches, pizza, bread, cookies and more, as well as a wide selection of groceries, toiletries and bulk items.
Counter-service health-food cafe preparing homemade soups, wraps, burritos & smoothies.
A snack bar and general store at the Marina.
If you don’t want to bring your own gear, consider renting camping gear from Tahoe Wilderness Adventures , they offer full service or individual gear rental and will deliver the gear right to your campspot or trailhead!
Renting a bike near after arriving in South Lake is a great option for getting around. Many of the key lodging and recreation destination are accessible via bike paths. South Shore Bikes is a short walk down Emerald Bay Road from the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center or more information. A tandem bike with a trailer is $75 for overnight rental, and includes helmets and a local map. See rates and more info here
Bringing your bike with you is another great option. BART allows bikes on board and space is not usually an issue except when travelling during peak commute hours, see more info here . The Capitol Corridor Amtrak train allows bike storage and there is no extra cost or reservation required, see more info here . The Amtrak thruway bus from Sacramento to the ‘Y’ in South Lake Tahoe also allows bikes in a storage unit under the bus, as space allows.