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Attention: William Kent Campground will be closed during the 2014 camping season for enhancement and water quality improvement projects. Camping options during this closure: Meeks Bay, Fallen Leaf and Nevada Beach.
ATTENTION: Water conservation measures are in effect in this facility. Please do not fill RV water tanks and use water wisely. Thank you.


Status: Closed through Thu May 14 2015   Season Dates


William Kent Campground is conveniently located on Lake Tahoe's west shore, a few miles south of Tahoe City. It straddles the highway and features not only a large area in which to camp, but also a day-use area that is popular among visitors.

Natural Features:

William Kent Campground is situated in a residential area, alongside a busy highway. The campground has more than 80 sites, each surrounded by tall pine, cedar and fir trees.

Many of the sites are secluded with evergreen shrubs and the terrain, with its shallow gullies and low ridges, helps to keep each site separate from neighboring sites.


Just minutes away from the campground, 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe provides sunbathing, swimming, boating and water skiing. Anglers can look forward to healthy fish populations of kokanee salmon and mackinaw, rainbow and brown trout.

The campground is also ideal for people planning a full day of bike riding around Lake Tahoe. Bike trails that traverse the western shores of Lake Tahoe begin near the campground.


The campground offers dozens of campsites, available for tent and RV camping. Each is equipped with tables, campfire rings and grills. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

A day-use area is located across the street from the campground for lake access and other water activities. Tahoe City is less than 5 miles away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Ranger Station
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Water Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Beach
  • Bike Rentals
  • Biking
  • Educational Programs
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Marina
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Propane
  • Restaurant
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Tahoe Recreation will be assessing a $7 additional vehicle fee on the ''second vehicle'' in each single family campsite, and on the ''third and fourth vehicle'' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Bears frequent the area; use appropriate food storage containers
  • All campers must register with camp host
  • Off-road vehicles are prohibited in the campground
  • Limit of two pets per site; pets are not allowed on the beaches
  • Chainsaw use and hunting are prohibited in the area
  • Please keep boats clean, drained and dry, to avoid transport or introduction of aquatic invasive species
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Supervisor's Office, (530) 543-2600.
  • This facility is operated by Tahoe Recreation, doing business as California Land Management. Your comments are welcomed; Visitors may collect a comment form from a campground host or submit feedback online.
  • Maximum of six people per site.
  • Click here to learn more about the Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.13833, -120.15611
39°8'18"N, 120°9'22"W

William Kent Campground is 2 miles south of Tahoe City on California Highway 89.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 14000

Phone Number:

Information: (530)583-3642