Outdoor activities with a healthy dose of curiosity, brought to you by Laure Latham
April 24, 2012
Summer days with kids don’t get any better than around Lake Tahoe when your morning starts on a sandy shore with beach toys and ends with a cool drink overlooking the lake’s sapphire blue waters. Picture Hawaii Big Island with sugar pines instead of coconut trees and fire-oven pizzas instead of pork luaus. Every year we always spend a few days camping around Lake Tahoe and they are always our dedicated “beach days”. The water is cold but kids can’t resist crystal blue water that sparkles in the sun. Here are the places we’ve pitched our tent around the lake and what we thought.
Ed Z-Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park – Frog Mom rating: 4.5/5
Sandy shoreline, swimming beach, sugar pines, historic mansion and easy trails – what’s not to love? Located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe 10 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is a great campground for families. Once the tent is pitched and the food secured in the bear locker, you can pretty much say bye-bye to your car for the weekend and explore the area on foot or on your bike.
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D.L. Bliss State Park – Frog Mom rating: 4/5
Oh it’s really a toss-up between D.L. Blissand Sugar Pine Point as to which one I prefer. Both parks are amazingly beautiful, they are both part of the California state park system and the nature is fantastic. However there is a difference. What D.L. Bliss has that Sugar Pine Point doesn’t is beach campsites. For many families, that’s a hardcore selling point. Located on the West Shore, 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89, D.L. Bliss State Park is a couple of miles north of Emerald Bay. You can camp right next to the beach (reserve a spot in the Beach camp) and enjoy the beach all day, or take some hikes in the trails in the park or out onto the rocks on Rubicon Point. We did the 0.5 mile to Balancing Rock with our girls and they also spent a day getting their Junior Ranger badge by picking up trail trash and doing a couple nature activities.
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Camp Richardson Historic Resort – Frog Mom Rating: 3/5
Bleh. Historic resort, sure – campground, can do better. The only reason we ever camped at Camp Richardson was because none of the state parks around the lake had spots for us. That’s how we spent two nights at Badger’s Den on a campsite that closely resembled a parking lot.
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Next time I go to Lake Tahoe, I plan to try the Nevada side campgrounds. I hear they are simply out of this world.
What’s your favorite place to stay around Lake Tahoe?