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Camp Shelly at Lake Tahoe

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Quick Facts
Size: 25 sites
Fees: $45/night for residents & $50/night for nonresidents (maximum of 8 people per site)
            First car included; second car $5/night. No more than two vehicles per site.
Dates of operation 2018: daily from June 8 to Aug. 12 (closing early this season for restroom construction)
Map & Directions

View the 2018 Camp Shelly reservation calendar, updated weekly


Camp Shelly 2018 Camping Season Reservations:

April 09: Special Needs. Advanced reservations begin for mobility impaired or special medical needs (documentation required). Make reservations in person at the Robert Livermore Community Center. Weekdays, 9 a.m. –  5 p.m. Limited to 2 sites per person.


April 11: 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. on Wednesday, April 11. An in-person appointment will be scheduled for Saturday, April 14, to complete the reservation. There will be an early registration fee of $5 per site per night. Choose your dates and sites carefully! No refunds of any kind will be given for group reservations.


April 21: Opening Day Reservations. In person at the Robert Livermore Community Center. 4444 East Ave., Livermore. 8 a.m. – 12 Noon.


April 23: General Public Reservations Begin.

In-Person: Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 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 Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550 (Attn: Camp Shelly)


Cancellation, Refund & Change Policy:

Cancellations - LARPD office MUST receive notice of cancellation no less than 7 days in advance of the first day of your reservation in order to receive a refund. No refunds granted for cancellations received less than 7 days in advance of the first day of your reservation. Receipt is required. Refunds may take up to 15 days. A $12 per campsite processing fee will be deducted. No refunds for Group Reservations.

Changes – No changes can be made less than 7 days before the first day of your reservation.



Things to do at and around Camp Shelly:

Making ice cream Baldwin Beach Playing Ping-Pong
Make Ice Cream with the Rangers! (Friday Nights)

Go to the nearby

Baldwin Beach

Play ping pong
Meadow Volleyball View from Mt. Tallac
Explore the nearby meadows
Play Volleyball!
Hike to the top of Mt. Tallac

Campground amenities/facilities:
• 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.

General information
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:

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.

Information about Camping in Bear Country

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.

Camp Shelley Water Information

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.


Wildlife Policy – LARPD is not responsible for damage caused by bears or other wildlife.



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.