Fodor's Expert Review Camp Richardson

1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, California, 96150, USA

The pluses of this old-fashioned family resort on 80 acres fronting Lake Tahoe are also its minuses: Camp Richardson earns retro cred for its 1920s rustic log cabin–style lodge, few dozen cabins, and small inn—all tucked beneath giant pine trees—but wins no style points for its straightforward accommodations and lack of amenities many travelers take for granted. Some cabins (one-week minimum in summer) have fireplaces, or woodstoves, and full kitchens; a few units sleep eight. The Beachside Inn has more modern amenities and sits right on the lake, but its rooms feel like those in an ordinary motel. The resort sits well off the road, and there's tons of space; kids have a blast here. Rates drop significantly in winter, plus you can snowshoe and zip along cross-country ski trails on the property. The resort has a strict no-pets policy. This is an older property showing its age; if modern amenities matter, look elsewhere.


  • lakeside location with wide choice of lodgings
  • great for families
  • inexpensive daily and weekly rates


  • dated style
  • lacks upscale amenities (and even phones and TVs in some rooms)
  • some cabins available in summer only


Near the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: 530-541–1801 | 800-544–1801


74 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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