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part ofLake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 18 2015   Season Dates


Fallen Leaf Campground is situated on the north shore of Fallen Leaf Lake and adjacent to Taylor Creek. The south shore of Lake Tahoe is less than a mile away. The campground features 206 sites that include 6 yurts and standard tent and RV sites.

The campground is typically open from mid-May through mid-October. Fallen Leaf Lake is less crowded and not as well-known as Lake Tahoe, making this a great base camp for exploring the many sights and recreational activities in the area. It's a popular campground and tends to fill quickly.

Natural Features:

The camp sites do not offer views of either the lake or Taylor Creek, but they are nestled among towering native pine, cedar, fir and aspen. Some are adjacent to wildflower meadows.

Guests only need to walk a short distance to Fallen Leaf Lake, where the forested shoreline and surrounding mountains are reflected in its crystal-clear waters. Prominent peaks include Cathedral Peak (8,200 feet) and Mount Tallac (9,735 feet).

The surrounding woods provide habitat for squirrels, racoons, chipmunks and a variety of birds. The campground has some resident black bears that are often seen by guests; please be safe around bears.


Both Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe offer opportunities for non-motorized and motorized boating, tubing, waterskiing and windsurfing. Fishing is available at both lakes, but anglers generally have better luck at Lake Tahoe. Guests can swim in Fallen Leaf Lake, even though there are no designated swimming areas. The south shore of Lake Tahoe offers the Pope and Baldwin swim beaches.

Hikers can access the 1-mile Moraine Trail from the campground. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is directly across Highway 89 and has interpretive programs, guided walks on the Rainbow Trail and to the Stream Profile Chamber.

The Glen Alpine and Mt. Tallac trailheads are nearby for excellent day hiking and backpacking in the Desolation Wilderness. The Pope-Baldwin bike path parallels Highway 89.


Each yurt provides a cabin-like space for a family of five or six people. The yurts sit on a wooden platform and have an electric light and space heater, but no additional electric plug-ins. Interior furnishings include a futon and bunk beds with mattresses. Cooking supplies and bedding are not provided.

The tent and RV sites have paved parking aprons. Each yurt and standard site has a bear-proof food storage locker, campfire ring, pedestal grill and picnic table.

Coin-operated shower facilities, water spigots and accessible restrooms with flush toilets are scattered throughout the campground. A camp host is on-site, and firewood and supplies can be purchased from the camp store. A public phone is also available.

Nearby Attractions:

A century ago, what is now the Tallac Historic Site held the ''Grandest Resort in the World'' and the summer retreats for 3 of San Francisco Bay Area's socially elite families. Today, the remains of the resort and the restored estates attract thousands of visitors annually to recapture this bygone and significant era in Tahoe's history.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Campfire Rings
  • Coin Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Futon(s)
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Host
  • Lights
  • Mattress(es)
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Pay Phone
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Swimming
  • Tubing
  • Water Skiing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
Know Before You Go
  • All campers must register at the campground entrance kiosk.

  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Tahoe Recreation will be assessing a $7 additional vehicle fee per night on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicle in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.

  • Yurt rentals do offer electricity for the provided electric light and space heater. There are no additional electric plug-ins.

  • No cooking is permitted inside yurts.

  • Pets are allowed at all tent and RV sites (a maximum of two pets per site); pets not permitted at yurts.

  • Smoking in yurts is prohibited.

  • The campground is available by reservation only; first-come, first-served sites are not available.

  • Pets are not allowed on the beaches.

  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Supervisor's Office, (530) 543-2600

  • Maximum of six people per site.

  • Click here for more information about Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

  • Transport or introduction of aquatic invasive species is illegal. Please keep boats clean, drained and dry, and dispose of any debris away from all water sources. Click here for more information.

  • This facility is operated by Tahoe Recreation, a division of California Land Management, and your comments are appreciated; comment forms are available from campground hosts or on CLM's website.

  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    38.92639, -120.05
    38°55'35"N, 120°3'0"W

    From South Lake Tahoe, take Highway 89 North from the junction of State Highway 50 and 89. In 3 miles, turn left on Fallen Leaf Road. The campground is about half a mile on the right.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    P.O. Box 9047
    South Lake Tahoe  CA  96158

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (530)544-0426
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