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Emerald Bay State Park Campground California

Emerald Bay State Park Overview

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Emerald Bay State Park (Eagle Point Campground)  has 97 campsites and overlooks Emerald Bay and beautiful Lake Tahoe. Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and smalls RVs (up to 18 feet). The campground is set up in two loops – Upper Eagle Point (campsites 1-33) and Lower Eagle Point (campsites 34-100).

There are 45 tent only campsites and some are up to 80 feet from the vehicle parking area. Some of the tent only and standard campsites are designated as ‘premium’ generally because of views. Additional ‘boat-in’ campsites are also available on a first-come first-serve basis. Each campsite also has a food storage locker/bear box, table, fire ring and grate

Depending on the campsite, you can 1 or 2 vehicles per site and up to 4 or 8 people per site. Most campsites can only have 1 vehicle due to size of parking pad/area. Vehicles must be parked on the paved parking spur. Check ReserveCalifornia (‘Make A Reservation’ button) regarding vehicle and camper limits per campsite.

Amenities include flush toilets, hot showers ($) and drinking water. There is no dump station or hookups at Eagle Point Campground.  Firewood and ice are also available for sale at the campground.

Emerald Bay State Park – Area Recreation

With its rugged shoreline and blue-green water, Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed places in the world. Vikingsholm, a replica of a Scandinavian castle (800 A.D.), is part of the Park.  Tours are also available of this 38-room mansion. Hikers can head into nearby Desolation Wilderness or walk the rugged lakeshore to D.L. Bliss along the Rubicon Trail.

Emerald Bay State Park is also adjacent to D.L. Bliss State Park. Meeks Bay is another campground in the area. It has 40 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs.

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Amenities
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Cultural Sites
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museum
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Wildlife Viewing
138 Emerald Bay
Lake Tahoe, California 96150
530 541-3030
Lat / Long:

38.9543, -120.111

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Best Campsites

29, 50, 66, 67.

Regions
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Mid May – Mid September

Elevation:

6,250

# of Campsites:

97

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Emerald Bay State Park Comments & Reviews

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118 Comments on “Emerald Bay State Park”

  1. Sylvie Graham says:

    What is a premium tent campsite versus regular?

    • Hi Sylvie,
      Good question! At Emerald Bay State Park (Eagle Point Campground), some of the tent only and standard campsites are designated as ‘premium’ generally because of views (and usually of the Lake Tahoe).

  2. Hi,
    We have reserved 2 sites in July. #’s 21 and 23. Will a cabover camper fit on one and a tent trailer on the other?
    Thank you,
    Steve

  3. Shannon says:

    We reserved campsite 4
    #49 and we are wondering if 2 tents could comfortably fit and if that site is sloped in any way?

    • Hi Shannon,
      Emerald Bay campsites #4 and #49 both will fit two tents. Both campsites have flat tent pad areas, but site #49 tent pad areas are a little smaller (than #4). Hope that helps!

  4. Leah says:

    Hi, I reserved campsite 89, will I be able to put 2 small tents up? Can we also bring 2 cars?

    • Hi Leah,
      Emerald Bay State Park campground allows two vehicles and 8 people per site. Campsite 89 does have room for two tents, perhaps one more. The parking area looks to be large enough to fit two vehicles as well.

  5. Jamie says:

    Hi, my family and I just reserved campsite #27, I noticed the tent pad dimensions are listed as 12×12. The tent we have is a 14×10, will this fit or do I need a new smaller tent?

  6. Christie Hall says:

    Hi, my family and I just reserved campsite #32 in Upper Eagle Point, I noticed the tent pad dimensions are listed as 6×6. The tent we have is a 11×9, will this fit or do I need a new smaller tent? Thanks.

    • Hi Christie,

      An 11×9 tent in Emerald Bay State Park campsite #32 (Upper Eagle Point) may be tight. It might barely fit in from to food storage locker or other side of the table, but not sure. Might be a good idea to bring up a smaller tent if you can. Hope all works out for you and have a great time up there!

      • Christie Hall says:

        Thank you for the info! We had a wonderful time. And just as an FYI for anyone else reading this thread, there was plenty of space for our 11×9 tent. Site #32 was a little loud because it’s in front of the bathrooms and dumpster.

  7. Delane Nelson says:

    Hi! We have reserved site #4. We were hoping to rent a trailer. Would a trailer that’s 18 feet and a vehicle fit?

    • Hi Delane,
      Yes, you will be able to fit your 18-foot trailer and vehicle in campsite #4 (Upper Eagle) at Emerald Bay State Park. You may have to park them side by side, but there’s room. Have a great trip!

  8. lori walker says:

    Hello! We are arriving July 23rd and staying for 2 nights. We reserved two ADA sites (#79 and #96). We need to release one because only 5-6 of us are available to camp (3 tents?). Which of the two sites do you recommend for the most private, the closest to the lake and largest space. My dad is 91 and semi mobile but not able too hike too far.

    • Hi Lori,
      Emerald Bay State Park campsite #79 is a little larger (and maybe a little flatter) than campsite #96. Both are about the same distance to the restrooms/showers, and both are about the same distance to the lake (about 1/2 mile from campsites to water – via a trail). The trail is a little steep though, so not sure if your dad could swing it. You may also have some ‘peak’ views of Lake Tahoe from both campsites. Hope this helps. You can also click on the ‘campground map’ button to check where the sites are in the campground.

      • Lori says:

        Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. I am truly appreciative of your excellent customer service.

        Do you happen to know which site has more privacy?

      • Camp Ranger says:

        You are most welcome and thank you Lori.
        I’d say they are about the same on the privacy factor. Site #96 does have a little more space between campsites (and a few more trees), but is a bit closer to the restroom facilities. Site #79 has a little walkway for people to access the restrooms.

      • Lori says:

        Hi, I have one more campsite we are looking into. Between
        #92, #96, and #79 which have the most trees, the most privacy and best suited for three 2-person (5×7) tents?
        and which would be your person favorite?
        Thank you!

      • Camp Ranger says:

        Way to go Lori!
        We’d lead toward campsites 92 or 96 at Emerald Bay State Park!

      • lori padelford says:

        Hello, We have the option to change our reservation to #75 or #87 from #92. What is the order of your preference for these campsites and why. We value privacy and shade. We will have three two person tents. One minivan. One Jeep. Thank you.

      • Camp Ranger says:

        Hi Lori,

        You may get a little more privacy at site #87, but it won’t have any shade and it’s a small site (to fit your 3 tents). Emerald Bay State Park campsite #75 is larger (plenty of room for your 3 tents), has some shade, and the privacy won’t be too bad either. So – we’d lean toward campsite #75 based on your preferences, etc. Have fun!

      • lori says:

        Thank you answering so may questions. Your support is so valuable and very much appreciated!

  9. Andrei says:

    Hi. We reserved the campsite #20 for two families. Will our tents (10×10 and 13×8) fit there? And how flat is the area? Thank you.

  10. Gillian Estes says:

    We’re camping in late July, with site #47 reserved. Is there enough space there for two tents?

  11. Gillian Estes says:

    Hi, there is a group of us (5 people) camping in site #47 late this July. Is there enough room for two tents in this site? It’s a little hard to tell from the picture of site 47!

  12. Jim says:

    I booked campsite #22. What size tents would fit at the site? Can we fit 4 tents? Is there a lot of yellow bee at this location?

    • Hello Jim!

      It might be tough to fit 4 tents in campsite #22 at Emerald Bay State Park (Eagle Point). That site is mostly to the right of the parking pad and includes a bit of a hill. The table, fire ring and a tent pad area is up to the right. There’s also some room at the end of the parking pad, but not sure how close that gets to the next campsite. Also remember than a maximum of 2 vehicles and 8 people are allowed per campsite.

  13. Kathleen Milford says:

    I’ve booked two campsites for mid July, #46 and #48. #46 looks to be very small with a 10 X 10 flat pad for the tent but I cant see the fire ring or bear locker and I assume its down the slope a bit. For site 48, will it accomodate to larger tents at 12 by 12 and parking for one car and a small utility trailer unhitched?

    • Hi Kathleen,

      Yes, the table and fire ring for campsite #46 is tucked up around the corner – behind tree – up the little hill. Campsite #48 will accommodate larger tents (12×12). Hope this helps!

  14. Whitney Smith says:

    I’ve reserved campsite # 31 which is listed as “small.” There will be 4 of us camping and we’d like to use 2 tents. Will we be able to fit 2 four-person tents on this site? Thanks!

    • Hi Whitney,
      Fitting two four-person tents at Emerald Bay State Park campsite #31 will be very tight. If they do fit, one of them may be very close to fire ring and or table.

  15. Caeebe says:

    We reserved campsite 41. Will it comfortably fit 2 families of 4 and their 2 tents?

    • Hi Caeebe,
      Campsite #41 at Emerald Bay State Park has limited space and may not fit two large tents. I doubt you’ll be able to fit the two large tents in that campsite.

  16. Bill says:

    Hi –
    I’ve booked campsite 30 and campsite 69, but due to cancellations in my party only need one of them. Which would you recommend? Is 69 right next to the bathroom (and noisy)? Thanks!

    • Good question Bill. The folks at CampsitePhotos.com would lean toward site #30 at Emerald Bay State Park because it has a bit more privacy and a much better view up by the fire ring area.

  17. Mona says:

    I booked site 97. In the picture it doesn’t look big enough, can it accommodate 2 tents (6-person) and 2 cars.

  18. Kit Lu says:

    Dear Ranger, I reserved campsite 34 for early August. I was wondering if it is big enough to fix two 6-person tents, and two minivans? Also, how much for how long can we shower at the campsite?

    • Alyssa Edwards says:

      Hi Kit,
      Yes, you’ll be able to fit two minivans on the parking pad at Emerald Bay State Park campsite #34. You can definitely fit two smaller tents (4 person) to the left of the parking pad, but it may be rather tight to fit two 6-person tents at that campsite.

  19. Lori says:

    I love this service and the rangers who respond! They are fast, accurate, very honest and friendly.

  20. sallie says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering if there are there may bears or bees in your neck of the woods this year? Thanks!

  21. aj says:

    Hi,
    Is #22 boat campsite. Is this enough room for two tents and two families?

    Also – What about #53..same question?

    • Hi AJ,

      Unfortunately we don’t have pictures or info for the boat-in campsites at Emerald Bay State Park. Hopefully we’ll be able to get those this fall. Sorry we couldn’t help.

  22. EFG says:

    Hi there,

    Thank you for answering these questions, very helpful. I see all these comments about the campsite size…. We have spot 29 and have a 6 person tent with an 8 x 10 floor plan with a fairly large vestibule. We’ll be camping with two small children. Will our tent fit in this space? Any advice much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Wow – what a beautiful campsite you scored EFG! Emerald Bay State Park campsite #29 will work with an 8×10 tent. And the vestibule should work fine too. Have a great time!

  23. Claudia Terrien says:

    Hi, we camped last year at Emerald Bay state park and we loved it. This time, we booked campsite 070 and I’m wondering if we can have 2 tents. Thanks!

  24. Jonathan Miller says:

    Hey– Campsite 58, will it fit tents? One of them large?

  25. Kate J. says:

    Hello, we just booked the campsite #87. Couple of questions, 1. It says the camp pad is away from the rest of it? Would it be hard to navigate with littles? One is 4, the other is 9. Second question: How big is the plague threat really? Do I have to worry about any animal borrows along the path between the table/parking spot to where the tent actually is? Would it be safe to bring our dog? Thank you so much!!

    • Hi Kate,

      Emerald Bay State Park campsite #87 is about a 75 foot walk from the vehicle parking area. The walk is on a trail that should be no problem for your 4 and 9 year old.
      Presently there is no bubonic plague threat in the Tahoe area, including Emerald Bay State Park. There are burrowing animals, but nothing you should be concerned about. Your dog will be fine, but must be on leash at all times.
      Hope this info helps!

      • Kate J. says:

        Thank you for the quick response! One more question, Our tent is approx 14’x16′ Would this fit in the tent pad?

      • Camp Ranger says:

        Hi Kate,

        Unfortunately we did not measure the area for campsite #87. From the photo, it appears a 14′ x 16′ foot tent will fit, but you may need to move the table around a little.

  26. Steph says:

    We currently have 2 different sites reserved for this weekend (Sat & Sun) but will need to cancel one of the nights, which site is better and offers more privacy because I know both are located near bathrooms, #44 or #56?

    • Hi Steph,

      That’s a tough one, but I’d lean toward Emerald Bay State Park campsite #56 as being a little more private than #44. Site #56 has a little more room between neighbors, although site #44 has a little more vegetation (for privacy). Also site #56 is nice and flat, with more room. Hope this helps!

  27. Michelle says:

    I have reserved campsite #51. How many people does it hold?

  28. GPF says:

    Hello,
    We booked site #80 which is listed as small, someone told me is a 6×6 pad for tent…we only have one tent but is more like approx. 10×8 , would we have space for it? From the photo shown is not clear. Also, from the photo is not clear if there is a picnic table, can you please confirm? Further, how is the shade/privacy?
    Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks!

    G

    • HI GPF,

      You’ll have some nice shade from the big pines at Emerald Bay State Park campsite #80, and it does have a picnic table, fire ring, grate and food storage locker. Unfortunately the angle of the photo doesn’t show you the tent pad area (we’ll try and get that re-photographed later this year). I’d go by the 6×6 pad listing for the tent size. Not sure if there will be enough extra room to fit your 10×8 tent.

      • GPF says:

        Thank you very much ranger, great info! One last question, is the picnic table movable ? In case there is an option to make more space moving the table.

      • Camp Ranger says:

        Hi GPF,

        You’re welcome and another good question (about the picnic tables being movable). Some tables are all wood and movable, but other sites have cement legs and are not movable. Unfortunately we can not see the table in the photo of campsite #80, so I’m not much help with your site. Sorry about that.

  29. Christine G says:

    Staying in 72 soon. Will we need a pop up for shade and is there any view of the water?
    Thanks

  30. Sean Healy says:

    What are the dimensions of the bear lockers? I want to make sure that my cooler will fit inside.

  31. Sean Healy says:

    I am staying at Upper Eagle Campground (Emerald Bay) and wanted to know the dimensions of the bear lockers. I want to make sure our cooler will fit inside.

  32. Laura says:

    Hello – how do we know which sites can accommodate a trailer? It’s hard to tell on the reservation website. Also, can you take a 23 ft. trailer? thank you!

    • Hi Laura,
      Yes, ReserveCalifornia still isn’t too user friendly with information. Generally the ‘premium’ campsites (listed on ReserveCalifornia) at Emerald Bay State Park can fit a 22-23 foot trailer.

  33. Laura says:

    Hi – Can you tell me which campsites can accomodate a 22 ft trailer? thank you!

    • Hi Laura,

      If you click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button you’ll be directed to the ReserveCalifornia website where you can check availability, pricing, site sizes and make a reservation.

  34. Paul says:

    Hi, I just booked site #57. I have a small (16′) trailer. Looking at the picture, it appears this will fit ok. Can you confirm for me? I usually back the trailer in, disconnect and park my truck at an angle to fit in on the pad. Thanks, Paul

    • Hi Paul,
      Yes – your 16′ trailer should fit fine at Emerald Bay State Park campsite #57. The pad length is 8 feet wide by 18 feet long (with extra overhang in the rear / dirt area).

  35. Kevin says:

    Is Campsite 033 big enough for two decent sized tents?

  36. John B. Camping says:

    Is campsite #86 gone this year? It’s been removed from the reservecalifornia.com availability search

  37. Marc G says:

    Hi,
    We will be coming to Lake Tahoe next summer. We will be 4 people with 2 small tents and 1 vehicle. We have seen camping sites # 49 – # 72 – # 78 – # 87.
    What are the differences between these 4 sites?
    Do they all have a view of the lake?
    Thank you

    • Hi Marc,
      Yes, all four of the Emerald Bay State Park campsites you mentioned have views of the Lake Tahoe, some more than others. Of course she 72 has stairs that you’ll climb to the tent/table area. Sites 78 and 87 are a tad larger and flatter. Hope this helps!

  38. Danielle says:

    This is a great site with info. We booked site 75 and it says it’s premium. Is it facing the lake? It doesn’t appear to be. We have an opportunity to book a different date and get site 44. Is one more ideal for a family of five? My daughter is allergic to bees. Is it typically a big problem there? I read you have had major wasp issues and checking in on both. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Danielle,
      Emerald Bay State Park campsites #75 is premium because it is one of the larger sites, flat and has some nice space/privacy between other sites. It is on the inside of the loop and may have a glimpse of the water, but doubtful. Site 44 does not have a view of the lake and you need to walk up a little (from parking spur) to get to the table/tent area. Hope this helps!

  39. kat alves says:

    Wondering if site #74 can fit two family sized tents and 8 people? Does it have a lake view?
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Kat,
      Yes – Emerald Bay State Park campsite #74 can fit two tents. One in the table/fire ring area, and there’s another area to the left of the parking spur. It is located right on the ridge and you may be able to see the lake from the site or by walking a little bit. Hope this helps.

  40. Adam says:

    We are eyeing a site at Emerald Bay in July. We have a small truck camper (18 feet) and one tent. Can any site accommodate this setup, including a tent-only site? Thank you.

    • HI Adam,

      The tent-only sites at Emerald Bay State Park may be a little inconvenient and tight (parking spur) for your small trucker camper, but all of the standard sites would work fine. And of course the ‘boat-in’ sites wouldn’t work 😉

  41. anu rai says:

    Hi there. We reserved sites 71 and 91…do they both accommodate trailers 18ft and under? Thanks!

    • Hi Anu,
      Emerald Bay Campsite #71 has a parking pad size of 8 feet wide by 18 feet long. Site #91 is 15 feet wide by 18 feet long. They would both accommodate trailers under 18 feet, but site #71 would not fit a trailer and towing vehicle (side by side or nose to nose). Site #91 should be able to fit the towing vehicle and trailer (side by side, but not nose to nose).

  42. Kathy Lee says:

    Hi,
    Does #81 site have a view of the water? Thank you!

  43. Wendy McConnell says:

    Hello. Does campsite #59 have enough room for two (4 person) tents? Is it difficult to get to the beach? Thank you!

    • Hello Wendy,
      Yes – Emerald Bay State Park campsite #59 does have enough room for two (4 person) tents! And it’s just a 1/2 mile walk to the beach. Have a great time!

  44. Christine Wright says:

    Hi,
    We have two campsites reserved 46 and 49 for tent’s only. Which campsite has room for one 6 person and one 4 person tent?
    Thank you

    • Hi Christine,
      Campsite #49 is a bit larger (can fit up to 8 people/2 vehicles), and would be best for one 6 person tent. Campsite #46 can accommodate up to 8 people and 1 car. With that said – you can probably fit a 6 person tent in either site.

      • Christine Wright says:

        Thank you! Which site has better view of the lake? More privacy?#46 or #49?
        Thanks for your help

  45. Mario says:

    Could tell me if there are any sites in the lower campground that can accommodate a 17′ trailer and a SUV, or can the car be park someplace else?

    • Hi Mario,
      Most of the Emerald Bay State Park campsite pads in the lower section of the campground are 8 feet wide by 18 feet long. There’s a few with a wider pad area and they include the following:
      Site 3: (15×18), Site 9: (16×18), Site 11 (25×18), Site 12 (17×18), Site 16 (12×18), and Site 24 (11×18). So a few of those sites will work for your trailer and parking your SUV along side it.

      • Mario says:

        Thank you for your quick reply, but I was thinking of a site on the Lower Eagle Point (campsites 34-100) How is the lake’s view from the upper area?

      • Camp Ranger says:

        Hi Mario,
        Some of the sites in the upper area of Emerald Bay State Park have nice views of the lake. You can check dimensions of each site by clicking on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button. It will direct you to ReserveCalifornia’s website. From there – enter ‘Emerald Bay State Park’ and dates you’d like to camp. You can click on each site to view dimensions of the parking area, etc.

  46. Brian Sullivan says:

    Hi,
    We campsite #41 which indicates on some of the information to only allow 1 vehicle and 8 people, but I see several comments mentioning that all sites include 2 vehicles??? Is it just that you have to pay for the 2nd vehicle?

    Thanks

    • HI Brian,
      Emerald Bay State Park campsites can have 1-2 vehicles per site and up to 4-8 people per site (depending on the site). Most campsites can only have 1 vehicle due to size of parking pad/area. Vehicles must be parked on the paved parking spur. We are not aware that the campground will permit extra vehicles (for a fee) in a 1-vehicle site.

  47. Ginny says:

    We have a small tab trailer and Tacoma pickup truck. Will we be able to park the (15′) Tab and truck in site #30 (side by side?), or is there parking for the truck elsewhere in the campground? We will also be doing a couple nights in the backcountry after our stay– do you have recommendations for day use parking for the Tab trailer? We are taking at Echo lake trailhead in to Lake Aloha, and heard parking was tight at that trailhead…

    • Hi Ginny,
      The parking pad at Emerald Bay State Park campsite #30 is 8 feet wide by 18 feet in length. All vehicle/trailer tires are required to be on the pavement. With that said, you won’t be able to park side-by-side, but you may just have enough room to fit everything tail to nose. You should have a few extra feet on the length/overhang toward the pack of the parking pad area.

  48. Sarah says:

    Hello —

    We have site #26 which is a small premium spot. We have a 6 person tent and the max number of people for this site is 4. However we’ll be camping our tree small children. Do you that this will be an issue? Will the park strictly enforce the max number of people allowed per site? Any advice will be much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Hi Sarah,

      You should be okay with three small children included in your group of 6 people. However, if there is a complaint – the ranger will most likely enforce the letter of the law (park policy) regarding only 4 people allowed at campsite #26.

      • Sarah says:

        Thank you for the prompt response, and my apologies for all of the typos.

        I should’ve been more clearer, there will only be five of us. My husband, our three kids, and myself. (5 total in a 6 person tent).

        From you’re response, I think we should be fine. Thank you, again! 🙂

  49. Jane says:

    Looking at reserving campsite #42 or #80 – any idea which one has the better view? Or any view at all? Thanks!

    • Hi Jane,
      Emerald Bay State Park campsite #42 won’t have any water view; campsite #80 may have a peak. FYI – too late for this year, but in the fall we’re going to get new photos of each campsite and also include ‘view’ shots from the camp table area.

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