Camp Shelly at Lake Tahoe
NOTICE (8/22/16): LARPD’s Camp Shelly Campground, as well as other campgrounds in the Lake Tahoe Basin, is experiencing an unusually heavy yellowjacket wasp presence this summer. Those with allergies to bee or wasp stings, or who are particularly sensitive to bee or wasp stings, should avoid staying at Camp Shelly or at other campgrounds in the Lake Tahoe area.
Since yellowjackets are attracted to meat and sweet sodas or juices, the use of a screen house over the table and cooking area of your campsite should help in avoiding yellowjackets while cooking and eating. For your reference in purchasing a screen house, Camp Shelly has 8-foot long tables.
Full refunds will be given to those campers who choose to cancel their Camp Shelly reservations due to the unusually high number of yellowjackets.
To cancel your reservation, call the LARPD main office at 925-373-5700.
For information, call the LARPD ranger office at 925-960-2400.
Size: 25 sites
Fees: $45/night for residents & nonresidents (maximum of 8 people per site)
First car included; second car $5/night. No more than two vehicles per site.
Dates of operation 2016: daily from June 17 to Sept. 6
Map & Directions
Camp Shelly 2016 Camping Season Reservations:
View current Camp Shelly 2016 reservation availability (updated weekly)
March 30: Groups -- Groups wanting to reserve a minimum of five sites for two or more nights may have a representative call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. An in-person appointment will be scheduled for Saturday, April 2, to complete the reservation. There will be an additional nonrefundable early registration fee of $5 per site per night.
April 11: Special Needs -- Advanced reservations for mobility-impaired or special medical needs (documentation needed). Make reservations in person at the Robert Livermore Community Center. Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 16: Opening Day Reservations -- In person at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore 8 a.m. to Noon
April 18: General Public Reservations Begin
In-Person: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Robert Livermore Community Center
By Phone: Credit card payment only, accepted at 925-373-5700.
By Mail: Download reservation form from the District’s website, mail it with a check to LARPD, 4444 East Ave., Livermore, CA 94550 (Attn: Camp Shelly)
Things to do at and around Camp Shelly:
Make Ice Cream with the Rangers! (Friday Nights)
Go to the nearby
Play ping pong
Explore the nearby meadows
Hike to the top of Mt. Tallac
• Restroom with flush toilets, wash basins and hot showers.
• Community faucets with potable water throughout the campground.
• Recreation - a pingpong table, a volleyball court and a horseshoe pit.
Campsite amenities/facilities: Each site has a parking slot, a table, a level space for a tent, a food storage locker, and a metal fire pit and grill. In addition to tents, most sites can accommodate tent trailers and campers, while a few sites can accommodate trailers and motorhomes up to 24 feet in length. However, there are no water, sewer or electrical hookups available at Camp Shelly. The food storage locker dimensions are 48" wide x 34.5" deep x 20.5" tall.
Looking for an easy getaway to the beautiful Sierra Nevada high country? Come join us at Camp Shelly, the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District's family campground at South Lake Tahoe.
Camp Shelly is nestled in the woods just above Highway 89, between the town of South Lake Tahoe and the scenic wonders of Emerald Bay. The campground is centrally located so that visitors can take advantage of both the natural wonders of the area and the amenities of a major tourist destination.
NEW! Insider's Guide to Lake Tahoe by Ranger Amy
Whatever high-country pursuits you wish to enjoy, Camp Shelly and the scenic Lake Tahoe area have it all:
- Looking for some high country adventure? You can take
a hike in the breathtaking Desolation Wilderness, raft down the Truckee
River or bike through the forest on paved paths or rugged mountain
trails. Perhaps you'd rather take a guided horseback ride, or go
boating, kayaking or water skiing on the crystal clear waters of
Lake Tahoe. You can also try your luck at fishing in the area's
numerous lakes, creeks and rivers.
- Want a more urban adventure? World-class shopping and excellent restaurants are only minutes away, and the entertainment capital at Stateline can be reached in less than 30 minutes.
- Hoping to unwind? Maybe you'll choose to simply relax in the great outdoors, enjoy an old-fashioned campfire or head down to the lake for a day of swimming and relaxing at the beach.
Camp Shelly is a community campground where memories
are made and friendships are forged. If you haven't been to Camp Shelly
before, this is the year you should take advantage of the Park District's
hidden gem in the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Tahoe wilderness.
About the Campground
Camp Shelly is a forested, 25-site campground located a few miles outside of the town of South Lake Tahoe.
Community faucets with potable water are located throughout the campground.
All facilities and equipment are available to our campers on a first-come, first-served basis at no additional charge. Kids love riding their bicycles around the campground loop and exploring the natural features of the campground.
The campground is staffed by Park District rangers who are on duty daily to assist you and to maintain the camp. Special programs may be offered, usually on weekends, including campfire programs, ice cream socials, volleyball games, night hikes and astronomy programs.
Know before you go
Pets - For the safety of pets, people and wildlife -- pets must be leashed at all times.
Safety - Many visitors have concerns about encountering wild animals such as bears. Please follow the campground rules and instructions of the ranger staff to discourage unwelcome visits.
Contact the rangers - If you have questions for the rangers you can call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 or can reach them by e-mail.
Camp Shelly is operated under a Special Use Permit with the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, Camp Shelly is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.