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Camp Shelly at Lake Tahoe

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Quick Facts
Size: 25 sites
Fees: $38/night for residents & nonresidents (maximum of 8 people per site)
Dates of operation 2015: daily from June 19 to Sept. 8
Map & Directions

2015 Camping Reservations


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.

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.

2014 Camp Shelly Basics Information Pamphlet (pdf)

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.

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.

To learn how to support Camp Shelly, visit the LARPD Foundation page
or view Donation Opportunities.