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Camp Richardson Camping and Kayaking

Description and Directions >>

Camp Richardson is located along Lake Tahoe's southwest shore. Camp Richardson Resort offers lodging, camping, dining and recreational activities. For more information, see

kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, swimming, sightseeing

From Sacramento, take Highway 50 east toward South Lake Tahoe for approx. 100 miles. Turn left onto Emerald Bay Road (Hwy 89) for approx. 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Jameson Beach Road to Camp Richardson Resort. Badger's Den Campground is located right off of Hwy 89 before Camp Richardson Resort.

Story Date 8/27/2006
Publish Date 2/6/2007

Story Perspectives >>

According to Mikala: Lake Tahoe is always a great place to visit and do some camping. We have camped a few times in various places, and this time some family asked us to camp with them at Camp Richardson's Badger's Den campground. The campground is pretty nice, although some of the camp sites are a little too close for my taste. However, there are some sites that are more isolated along the perimeter of the campground. None of the sites have a view of the water, although there are beaches within walking distance.

The beach at Camp Richardson can get pretty crowded. It is a nice beach when you are with a group of people, as we were. There is a restaurant and bar located right on the beach. Just keep in mind that you are not allowed to take your drink onto the beach and must drink it at the bar or on the outside patio. This wasn't such a bad deal, since they had a band playing while we were there...and you have a good view of the water. The drink selection is pretty limited special requests.

There is another beach located within walking distance, which is Pope Beach. This is not a part of Camp Richardson and is run by the Forest Service. It is a nice long stretch of sandy beach, with great shady areas under the pine trees.

Overall, Camp Richardson has a lot to offer for a vacationing family. They offer a lot of recreational opportunities, such as kayak rentals, bike rentals, and other water sports. If you're looking for solitude though, you'll have to get off the beaten path or go somewhere else.

Pictures >>

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The beach at Camp Richardson Resort.

Camp fire smoke visible as the sun sets.

Sunrise on anchored boats.


Another sunrise picture of the dock.

Early morning along the shore.

Duck enjoying the sunrise.

Less crowded beach in the early morning.

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