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Camping With Your Pup Around South Lake Tahoe


Camping in South Lake Tahoe can be easy!  There are several pet friendly campgrounds in the South Lake Tahoe area. We’ve provided some options with pet policies below. Camping with your fur buddy can be fun for both of you but before heading up to our mountain paradise read these valuable tips from the Forest Service:

  • “Remember to bring enough drinking water for all of you!  The parasite Giardia is present in both streams and lakes in the Tahoe Basin, so you should limit your dog’s intake of this water.
  • Even if your dog is very friendly, you may encounter others who will not appreciate your dog getting close to them; they may be afraid of dogs, or their dog may be frightened by yours.  You have no way of knowing this before your dog approaches others, so please use common courtesy and control your dog at all times. A loose dog will disrupt the feeding and nesting patterns of many species.  In addition, dogs can be injured by wildlife such as porcupines, bears, and coyotes.  For the sake of your pet, wildlife, and other campers, keep your dog on a leash, do not leave him unattended at your campsite, and leave him at home if he likes to bark.”

If you and your pooch are prepped and ready to camp, check out these pet-friendly options:

Fallen Leaf Campground, Ca. (530) 544-0426

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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.

  • Pets are allowed at all tent and RV sites (a maximum of two pets per site); pets not permitted at yurts.
  • Pets are not allowed on the beaches.
  • Additional pet fee assessed.

Tahoe Valley Campground, Ca. (877) 570-2267

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 “Whether you prefer the luxuries of an RV or the excitement of tent camping, you’ll be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of towering pines and mountain vistas at Tahoe Valley RV Resort. Enjoy the beaches or a stroll by the river and when you’ve finished playing and relaxing in the great outdoors, the fabulous casinos of Stateline, Nevada offer world famous dining and casino night life for your pleasure.”

  • Pets are allowed at all sites except for cabins and cottages.
  • No Pet fee

Lake Tahoe KOA (530) 577-3693


“Four miles from the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, this campground offers a relaxing stay with dozens of activities. Tall pine trees shade the full hookup and tent sites, and the deluxe accommodations include a Camping Lodge, and KOA Chalet. The Camping Lodge features a full kitchen, private bathroom and shower, the KOA Chalet sleeps up to six comfortably with private master bedroom and upstairs loft!”

  • Pets are not allowed in the Chalet or Kamping Lodge.
  • Pets must be on a leash, no longer than 6 feet, at all times and may not be left tethered and unattended.
  • Good behavior is required. Dogs of any breed that are hostile or aggressive will be asked to leave the campground, along with their owners.
  • Pet fee is assessed.

Enjoy your time camping with your furry friend near Big Blue! You’ll find most folks you encounter on hikes or in town, receptive to the presence of your pet.

Don’t forget to be courteous about cleaning up along the way to help keep the pet –friendly vibe growing! And if you feel like exploring for a day without your dog in tow, call us daycare!