Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Meeks Bay Resort has a long tradition as a family vacation and holiday retreat. It is located on western shore of the famed Lake Tahoe (Da ow aga), far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Washoe Tribe has been a part of the Meeks Bay area of Lake Tahoe (Da ow aga) for many millenium. Their link to the land is an important part of the Meeks Bay Resort charm. It is the perfect spot to recharge those drained reserves and immerse oneself in the spectacular rustic environment.
Enjoy the sandy Meeks Bay beach, or rent a kayak or paddle board and venture out onto blue waters. Explore the hiking trails that lead both north and south along the lake as well as the Meeks Bay Trail which climbs into the Sierra Nevada Desolation Wilderness Area to Phipps Pass and beyond. For more details download the document available from the US Forestry Service.
The Resort has abundant Day-Use parking and a grill for the hungry camper. Stop by the main building for supplies, toys and clothes, and perhaps a chat with one of the Washoe Tribe members.
The resort offers all levels of vacation facilities from the historic Kehlet Mansion and the Washoe House, several cabins and lodges, full hookup RV spots, and standard tent campsites. Many couples have begun their wedded life together and families regularly hold their reunions at the Resort. Group reservations can be made on Recreation.gov or by phone to the call center.
The Kehlet Mansion provides seven bedrooms, three bathrooms and a full size kitchen. Enjoy the private deck, picture windows, and a full event area for weddings, reunions and sepcial events.
The Washoe House, also known as the Point House, offers three bedrooms, one bathroom, and a seperate studio cabin. Located on the south shore of the bay, it offers unmatched privacy.
12 Lodges with studio, one and two bedroom floorplans. All units have kitchens with utensils and cookware.
7 standalone cabins with studio, one and two bedroom floorplans. All cabins have kitchens stocked with utensils and cookware.
14 Non-electric campsites for tents and small pop-up trailers.
23 RV sites with full hookups. Several are pull through and can accommodate up to 60 feet of vehicle and RV.
Food and shopping:
The Wa She Shu Grill offers a great selection of breakfast and lunch meals and snacks.
The main lodge offers an assortment of clothing, souvenirs, snacks, beverages, ice cream and sundries. It also offers a cozy lounge area to meet with friends.
Kayaks and paddle boards are available for full and half day rental.
Hot private shower facilities are available with purchase of tokens.
Several public restrooms with flush toilets are available.
Meeks Bay Resort is excited to be available on Recreation.gov. The resort requires a non-refundable nightly down payment in order to secure your dates. Full price is the total of the down payment AND the nightly fee displayed—shown as the remaining balance when you make your reservation. Reservation holders will pay this down payment amount at the time of booking. The balance will be due 30 days from your arrival date for the remaining fees for your site.
Food Storage- You are in an active bear area. When not in use, you must store all food, scented items, coolers, equipment used to prepare food and garbage (recycling also) inside provided bear-proof boxes. These items must be stored day and night. Food-storage box dimensions are 28" high x 33" deep x 47" wide.
Registration - Please check in at the main building upon arrival.
Parking - Vehicles must be parked with all four wheels on pavement. Extra vehicles must be parked in the overflow parking lot.
Quiet hours - Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM daily. Music, talking, and generators should not be audible beyond your immediate campsite any time of day.
Generator use - Generators may only be operated a maximum of 2 hours during quiet hours from 10 PM to 8 AM. Campers are asked to be considerate.
Check out - Campsites need to be vacated (people, equipment, and vehicles) by 11:00 am.
Occupancy - There is a maximum of 6 people per campsite or RV site. If you exceed this number, purchase another site (if available) and relocate some of your group and equipment to the other campsite.
Fires - Campfires are only permitted in fire rings. DO NOT leave a fire unattended. Be certain to extinguish fire completely with water before leaving site. Dead wood on the ground may be collected for fuel for campfires within the parks, do not cut or break trees. All collected wood must fit completely within fire rings.
Fire rings are provided in each campsite, DO NOT build additional fire rings.
Tents - Pitch tents on tent pads and within campsite boundaries only.
Day Use - Campsites are for overnight visitors only. Please use designated day use areas for parking, picnics, and lake access.
Trash - Please keep your campsite clean. Place all litter in campground trash dumpsters. Do not leave cigarette butts or bottle caps on the ground. Glass, aluminum, and food are prohibited in fire pits.
Water - Do not dump waste water on the ground or at the water spigots. All waste water must be disposed of at the restroom sinks. This applies to shower tents as well. Shower water must be collected and disposed of as stated above. Used water must not be allowed to run onto the ground.
Preserve Natural Resources - Injuring plants or trees by cutting, breaking, or attaching nails or other hardware is prohibited.
Bicycles - Bicycles are allowed (with helmets if under 18 years of age).
Off-Road Vehicles - Off-road vehicles are prohibited in the campground.
Propane Tanks - We are unable to recycle your used propane tanks. They CAN NOT be left at the park. You must take them home with you and dispose of them properly.
Pets are not allowed at Meeks Bay Resort.
No trailers of any kind are permitted in the tent sites.
Meeks Bay Resort is historical and rustic and does not have ADA compliant lodging.
There are no life guards.
Chainsaw use and hunting are prohibited in the area.
Please keep non-motorized watercraft and boats in tow clean, drained and dry, to avoid transport or introduction of aquatic invasive species. All watercraft will be screened to avoid invasive species.
Meeks Bay Resort no longer has a marina or access for boat launching.
Overnight sleeping in vehicles can only be done in marked, and fully paid camping sites.
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.
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.
Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting rustic cabins; click here to learn more
Meeks Bay Resort is operated on National Forest Service Land by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California under a special use permit administered by the USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Nightly price for all sites and buildings is the total of the down payment and the remaining nightly fee. This reflects the same prices charged since 2018.
Meeks Bay (mayála wáťa) is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe at a 6,225-foot elevation and is surrounded by many of Lake Tahoe’s most famous attractions. You won’t need to go far to experience the iconic views that travelers come from around the world to see. The abundant natural features include snow covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada, forested mountainsides, green meadows, miles of pristine shoreline, and impressive granite boulders. The azure lake is rimmed by footpaths, hiking and biking trails. Don’t miss the spectacular views of De ek Wadapush (Cave Rock) across the lake from the beach of mayála wáťa (Meeks Bay). The more adventurous hiker can traverse the Tahoe Rim Trail which offers panoramic views of the basin. Or one can venture deep into the Desolation Wilderness to Phipps Pass from the Meeks Bay Trailhead.
When most people imagine what to do at Lake Tahoe, they think outdoor activities. Enthusiasts will find hundreds of miles of trails to hike, bike, and ride horseback. The Meeks Bay Resort provides sunbathing, beach play, swimming, and scuba diving.
Kayak and paddle boards can be rented onsite. While motorized craft are not allowed in the bay, boating and water skiing are readily accessible elsewhere on Lake Tahoe.
Anglers can land the big one at dozens of spots. Kokanee salmon and mackinaw, rainbow, Lahontan Cutthroat and brown trout are found throughout the area. The Washoe Tribe has actively helped improve the population of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Ɂímgi).
If I book this reservation today, what are my options to change or cancel?
Please remember that reservations at these facilities prevent other visitors from using these sites. Planned changes to your stay should be made as far in advance as possible. You can make changes to your reservation ahead of your arrival date in Reservations.
If your new stay dates are completely different from your original stay dates, there is a $10 change fee (per reserved site). There are no additional fees for:
Adding or removing nights to your stay.
Changing to a different campsite.
Balances will adjust based on your new stay's nightly rate.
Changes on or after the arrival date are made at the discretion of Resort Management and may result in forfeit of rental fees.
Meeks Bay Resort will require a non-refundable down payment on all lodging, RV and Tent sites. Reservations will require a down payment equal to 50% of the full daily rental rate. The remaining balance must be paid no later than 30 days prior to check-in. The Recreation.gov site will send the guest up to two reminder emails with links to facilitate payment. Those emails are sent seven days and 24 hours before the 30 day deadline. Down payments are non-refundable.
If you do not complete the payment by the 30 day deadline, your reservation will be cancelled and the down payment forfeited.
If you place a reservation 30 days or less prior to check-in, you must pay the down payment and the remaining rental fee at the time of reservation. If you cancel after that point you will be responsible for the $10 cancellation fee and forfeit the down payment. If you cancel within 14 days of the check-in date, you will forfeit the down payment and one day at the rental rate, as well as the $10 cancellation fee.
This is an automated process and Meeks Bay Resort personnel cannot make changes.
Late Check-in and No Show
Meeks Bay Resort will hold any paid reservation until the following day at check-out time. Your reservation will be cancelled with no refund. If you have not checked in by that time or contacted Meeks Bay Resort Management to request one additional day to arrive.
7941 Highway 89 Tahoma CA 96142
7941 Highway 89 Tahoma CA 96142
For campground inquiries, please call: 530-525-6946
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