Bayview Campground is true gem: near beautiful Emerald Bay, and a trailhead for access into Desolation Wilderness.

Bayview is a first come, first serve campground in South Lake Tahoe, halfway between Emerald Bay and Cascade Lake. You can catch an amazing sunrise over Emerald Bay! Large pine trees provide ample shade, and each site is equipped with a picnic table, grill, and bear boxes. Bring plenty of water - campground potable water is seasonal and is not always available. 

If you wish to go into Desolation Wilderness, you must have a day-use permit (available at the trailhead). Overnight permits for Desolation Wilderness backpacking must be secured in advance online. 

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water / water filtration
  • Hiking boots, hiking socks (wool), trekking poles
  • Snacks, food and cookware
  • Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
  • Medications / first aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
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Elevation Gain 6904 Feet
Activities Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


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