by Allison Tibaldi
This historic lakeside resort in South Lake Tahoe offers spectacular views of the lake, plus a wealth of low-tech family activities in the great outdoors. Reserve a cozy cabin or a room in the motel-style Inn or old-fashioned lodge. RV and tent camping in season is also an option and a great way to fully immerse in nature.
In the summer, the resort’s onsite marina rents all sorts of watercraft, including motorboats, kayaks and standup paddleboards. There are miles of safe, paved paths for cycling and hiking, as well as an outdoor pool to enjoy this time of year, too. Winter blankets Camp Richardson in mounds of the fluffy white stuff, so it’s the perfect place to snowshoe come winter.
There’s a restaurant and coffee shop onsite, plus an old-fashioned ice cream parlor to enjoy in the summer. The general store is open year-round for simple provisions.
Our Editor Loves
- Old-fashioned fun
- Four-season resort
- Snowshoeing in the winter
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
by Vicky H
1st time at Camp Richardson - stayed in Beaver Den. Nice area, fantastic showers and bathrooms (hot water and private.)
Great shade and level sites for tents. Close to shopping and local trails for hiking.
We are from Australia and doing an RV trip with a family of 5, young adult kids. We’ve stayed in quite a few RV parks. Camp Richardson is one of the nicest visual campgrounds with lots of grass and trees and away from the road. We are here late Sept so the RV park is not busy. Say less than 20% full. Maybe only 15% - it’s a big place.
So being quiet also adds to the tranquility as we have no one around us. But even if it was full there is still privacy in the way it’s set up.
The water pressure here is amazing and the taste of the water is the best we’ve had in USA. The power hook up reasonably modern too so the hook ups have been upgraded in the past decade. Tables and fire pits also great.
The only area that’s quite revolting is the bathrooms. They would be the worst we have seen on our 3 week trip so far. The toilets function ok and have paper etc but crikey they really need a total refurb. I mean seriously the whole layout and chipping concrete and what was once painted white, well, let’s say I reckon it was painted 30 years ago maybe.
And the showers. Well they are truly disgusting. Shower curtains that are black with mould and tiles that I guess were once white but now are mostly grey and brown. As I said the water pressure was awesome and hot water great (only 10-20% full though so not sure how they’d cope if the park was full given there are 3 men’s toilets no urinal 3 basins and 3 showers for 60 RV’s maybe 200-250 people hmm I’m glad I’m not here at peak season). I guess most people must use their own RV toilets and showers and not use these because they truly are an embarrassment to this facility.
Whoever runs this place must surely be ashamed of these bathrooms. I used one over in the lovely campground over the road (part of this park, across the road in an area which is closed this mid week) just to see if they were as bad and they were identical to this one. So whoever owns this place, well, if you were to fix these toilets and showers well you’d have 10 stars from me but because of this I can only give you 3 stars sorry.
They call it an historic camp but the only thing historic is the bathrooms.