We went on a camping trip to Nevada Beach in Zephyr Cove, NV. Nevada Beach is a National Forest campground and part of the Lake Tahoe Basin. We stayed at site 11.
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Our 20 foot trailer fit in our campsite (#11) just fine. We had space for our tow vehicle, but not too much extra space lengthwise. There was a large rock near the trailer door so we weren’t able to back the trailer up as much as we would have otherwise.
The view from our site, and pretty much anywhere in the campground, was stunning. You can see Lake Tahoe. From our site it was a bit distant, but you could still see it through the pine trees. There were no other campers between us and the view of the lake.
Our site, and the majority of sites there, were large and spacious. From most sites you still see your neighbors, but everyone has plenty of space.
This is a dry campground. There are no hook-ups and there is no dump station. There was good cell service. We had a good 5G signal with Verizon.
The Best Campsites
- Site 11
- We were very happy with campsite 11. It is right across from a bathroom, but it feels pretty private. We had plenty of space at camp and we were able to see the lake.
- Site 13
- This site has a better view of the lake, as it’s a little closer than site 11. The site is pretty large but your neighbor does feel close.
- Site 22
- This is the closest campsite to Lake Tahoe. The lake is only a few steps away. The site didn’t have much shade and it isn’t very secluded.
- Sites 36 & 37
- These sites would be great for a group of two. They are on a corner so it gives a nice secluded area in the center. You can see the lake from these sites but you’re looking through other campsites since it’s on the other side of the road.
We were here in the fall, it was early October, and the weather was incredible. We had perfect weather. There was enough sun that playing at the lake was enjoyable, but there was also enough of a breeze that walking around was comfortable. It did get cold in the evening but the kids were fine with beanies and jackets.
This campground is right on Lake Tahoe. No matter where your site is, you can walk to the lake. There is a beautiful sandy beach and the water is cold but fun.
It is worth noting that part of the lake access is not dog-friendly. It is very clearly marked. There is a dog-friendly part that is indicated by following the paw prints painted on the sidewalk. We didn’t see any issues with the dog-friendly portion and we were happy that there was an option.
Also at the campground is the Lam Watch nature trail. This trail is pretty easy. Our kids had no problem with it. And there were lots of different paths you can take so you can make it be as long as you’d like.
And if Lake Tahoe and hiking aren’t enough, you are just minutes away from South Lake Tahoe. We went to the Basecamp Beer Garden there for a few beers but there are also several different restaurants and casinos.
The Dog-Friendly Hiking
The Lam Watch nature trail is right at the campground and dog-friendly. We went on the trail multiple times. There is a main loop but then several side trails you can take. We really enjoyed walking around there.
There is another trail right across from the campground. It’s the Round Mound trail. The trail looked nice and at least the beginning was paved. No dogs are allowed on that trail though so we didn’t try it out.
The closest brewery to Nevada Beach is at the Basecamp Beer Garden. The brewery at Basecamp is called South of North Brewing Company. They serve both beers from their brewery and other local beers.
Nevada Beach is an amazing campground. Right at camp you have both Lake Tahoe and hiking trails. Plus, South Lake Tahoe is only minutes away. This is a great place to vacation, relax, and have fun.
Nevada Beach Campground
Bittlers Road, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
Can reserve online at recreation.gov. Reservations open 6 months ahead.