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
What a find! Out of the rat race of South Lake Tahoe, but just around the corner. Excellent location in winter at least, with very small number of people, but awesome cabins (some newly renovated, like the Chevy). Right on the lake!!!! Good little breakfast spot and awesome lunch/dinner place are just a short walk from your cabin/room. Great cross country skiing/snowshoeing trails and rentals right across the street. So peaceful amid the trees and snow. We will be back!!!!! Service was exceptionally good.
by Maureen R
I had no idea that Camp Richardson had a XC ski/snowshoe center. It's wonderful! Better yet, it's affordable for families and individuals. Not to bore the reader, but my husband and I decided to invest in XC gear vs buying a downhill ski pass at a local resort. After having a second home in South Lake Tahoe for 15 years, I was not aware of local XC ski centers until we did a google search and found this gem of a place.
If you are local, or staying in SLT, and want to get away from the madding crowds and enjoy a true Tahoe experience, this is the place to go.
Although we have our own equipment, I noticed that the store here had great rental equipment and sold hats, gloves, and other sundry items so anyone could go out and enjoy the day if spur of the moment. There are plenty of skis and snowshoes to rent.
The trails are well maintained and groomed. You go through woods and smell the pines.
It's a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors.