Fallen Leaf Campground and Store

Fallen Leaf Campground is about three miles west of South Lake Tahoe off of Highway 89. The campground has spacious camp sites with paved parking pads with a fire ring, BBQ grill and table at each site. Taylor Creek runs along the west side of the campground and salmon can be seen spawning in the creek in October each year. Along with a few bears and coyotes fishing!

Fallen Leaf Lake in just a few minute walk from the south end of the campground. The lake is very picturesque with Mount Tallac in the background. Swimming, hiking and fishing are common activities.

The area now occupied by the campground was once a summer destination for the Native -American Washoe. Over a millennium, the Washoe journeyed from the Carson Valley to the meadows and streams of Lake Tahoe. Archaeological records indicate that human presence has been documented to have existed as far back as 8,000 years. Tribal members would camp in the meadow area, while actively hunting, fishing and harvesting nature's bounty available at Taylor Creek, Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. Throughout the late 1880s and into the 1900s, the Washoe would be a regular presence in and around the Fallen Leaf meadows and adjacent lake shore. Portions of the area were logged off in the early 1880s to provide timbers for the mines of the Comstock Lode in Virginia City.

E.J. "Lucky Baldwin" acquired approximately 2,500 acres of land around this area just before the turn of the century, and for a score of years, he turned the area now known as "Kiva" into a world class resort destination. In 1951, the Forest Service acquired the acreage previously owned by the Baldwin family, and later developed the beautiful family campground known as Fallen Leaf Campground.

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Latitude: 38.9289671 Longitude: -120.0478246 Elevation: 6353 ft
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Number of Camp Sites


Campground Style


Maximum Campsite Spur Length


Maximum Number of People Cabin or Fire Lookout May Accommodate

6 people per site

Nightly Fee


Maximum Length of Stay Allowed

14 days

Direct Link to Reservation Site


Driving Directions

Follow Highway 89 heading towards Tahoe City from South Lake Tahoe for about three miles. Turn south on Fallen Leaf Road. Proceed on Fallen Leaf Road for 1/2 mile until you reach the campground entrance.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Campground and store are operated by Tahoe Recreation, a division of California Land Management, under permit with the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit .

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed on a six foot leash.

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