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Camp Richardson Resort in South Lake Tahoe, CA

Camp Richardson Resort in South Lake Tahoe, CA

Specialties

Historic Camp Richardson Resort & Marina is the premier destination resort for South Lake Tahoe.  Cabins, Hotel, Beachside Inn, RV & tent camping.  The Beacon Bar & Grill, offers lake front dining  and the world famous Rum Runner.  Full service Marina that offers gas and seasonal mooring sites.  Rentals of  motor boats, wave runners, kayaks, paddle boats and paddle boards.  The closest Marina to Emerald Bay.  Try a cruise to Emerald Bay on the Rum Runner, 2 cruises daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Mountain Sports Center has a full array of mountain bikes, tandem bikes, kid bikes and carriers.  During the winter months a full nordic skiing and snowshoeing center.  Ice Cream Parlor, General Store and Coffee and Confectionery.  Horse riding stables.  Gateway to Desolation wilderness and the best hiking trails in the continental United States.  Camp Richardson can provide constant activity or just sit and relax and enjoy mother nature at it's finest!!

History

Established in 1926.

In 1924, Al and Cora Richardson, purchased the property formerly known as Zeigler's Grove.  In 1926 the Richardson's built their first cabins and the main hotel and dining room.  "Capt" Al would drive to Placerville on Friday evening, pick up a load of guests who stayed at the resort for a full week, then returned them to Placerville and brought up the next group.  At this time the resort only operated for a 3 month period during the summer as no one wanted to withstand the harsh winters.  Each year the Richardson's built a few more cabins.  In the late 1940's early 50's pot belly stoves were installed and Camp Richardson became a year round resort.  In 1967 the resort was taken over by the USFS to ensure it's preservation as a true Tahoe historic site.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.44

Address: 1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96152

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    Comments (103):

    1. foxy b.
    A great place to hang out at the lake. Live bands play here in the summer months. Adults can hang out on the patio at The Beacon and listen to music while the kids can play in the sand and water only a few feet away. One of my favorite bands Lavish Green is booked here a few times this summer. Would love to camp or rent one of their old school cabins sometime!

    28/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Corey P.
    This really is a great place to hang out on the lake.  I've spend many an afternoon hiking from Camp Rich, through the Tallac Historical Estates and back again.  While I find Tahoe to be a bit too hot and dusty during the summer, spending time here during the fall and spring is an absolute pleasure.

    15/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Tiggy F.
    This is for day use of KIVA BEACH within the Camp Richardson Resort area.  Beautiful, sandy beach with spectacular views, clean, and as is always important to me, the dog could join us!  Tahoe beaches are generally closed entirely to dogs. Other beaches that allow dogs are simply boulder strewn dirt areas that even my waterdog doesn't care for. But Kiva is great - Tahoe at its best (in the summer).

    30/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. shesaid t.
    This campground was nice for us 6 girls, (4 kids). It had a nice walk to the beach and the campsites were roomy. It was a nice location, easy to get around to enjoy the lake and casinos. It had all the amenities we needed for tent camping, including showers!

    22/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Aaron T.
    Very Nice. My wife and I took the RV out for a short weekend trip to Camp Richardson, at South Lake Tahoe. This was the first time we had been to this camp. Reservations were made by phone (nothing online that I could find) and we arrived late to find our reservation waiting at the reservation desk. The campground was clean, and there are flushing toilets and showers. A great value for $40/night, and because we stayed after Labor Day, we got our second night FREE. Very nice. Standard hookups and within walking distance to a general store, bike rentals etc. We didn't have much interaction with staff, but those we did speak with seemed very nice. I'm told Camp Richardson is open year round, so we will be back in the "off season" again. Oh, and one huge draw for us was the dining at The Beacon restaurant at Camp Richardson (see separate review). We highly recommend dinner reservations or one night of your stay.

    07/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Italophilia M.
    We stayed at their RV campground. Ice cream, latte shop, general store, bike and boat rentals were all walking distance. The beach on Lake Tahoe was a 5-10 minute walk. Nice place.

    31/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. David M.
    We loved Camp Richardson in so many ways... the rooms were fine, but it was really the vibe we were grooving on.  We were there in the off season.  The (skeleton) staff was very helpful and... well.... HUMAN.  Our front desk guy took care of us, whatever we needed, and it was more like asking a friend then calling down to a hotel.  We sat out in the jacuzzi our first night as the snow came down, which was exactly what we needed.  The second night we pulled the couch up to the GIANT fireplace, ordered Chinese, and went through four bottles of wine that we had bought as we nursed our sore muscles.  The decor was straight out of the 70s and the Trivial Pursuit game we played referenced West Germany and several other extinct nations.  It was great.  My one caveat is, it might not be as much fun with more people around.  We really liked being (nearly) the only ones there.  Breakfast was good too.

    Our one complaint was the beds- we could feel the springs, and after a few nights I got a crick in my neck that lasted a week!  Ug.  Buy some new mattresses and it will be great!

    08/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Trisha H.
    Camped here a couple of years ago. Very nice little campground. Its close to some stores and most importantly the BEACH. Called Pope Beach. Nice and shady there, you can relax and swim. Also for you campers that need showers there are showers here!

    20/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Dinah M.
    My husband and I were staying in South Lake Tahoe for our honeymoon. We didn't stay at Camp Richardson, but it looks like it has every possible kind of camping experience you could want (tent, RV, cabin or hotel) and I would consider staying here on a future visit to the region.
    They also seemed to have a wide variety of activities to keep you occupied during your visit.

    Our first experience with CR was at the Marina. We wanted to go kayaking. Some of the other reviewers have pointed out that the sign posting is not the best and I'd agree. You can't be afraid to ask a staff member for directions!
    The girls who served us were not the sullen teenagers mentioned in other reviews, but friendly and helpful, although the general layout could stand to be a bit more organised and user friendly, we initially picked up the wrong sort of paddles simply because we didn't see the correct sort and hadn't been given good directions.

    We went back a few days later for horse riding at the corral. I had never ridden a horse and they were great at placing me with a horse that was gentle for new riders. We'd chosen the 2 hour trail and the pace was comfortable for me but some of the other riders who were more experienced might have wished to go a bit faster.

    We ate at both The Beacon (their main restaurant) and the General Store Cafe  as well as enjoying some ice cream from the ice cream parlor.
    The Beacon had a great menu, but the prices were a little high for what they offered.
    The sandwiches at the general store were much more reasonably priced and just as tasty.
    The ice cream store had great flavours, but the 'single' scoop was 4 hefty scoops of ice cream and I would have been fine with half that. We both threw away half of our cones, not because they were horrible, but simply because we didn't need *that* much ice cream.

    I can see why places serve huge portions when they charge high prices, but I would much rather get a smaller serving and pay a more reasonable price. I hate throwing food away. When I'm on vacation I can't justify keeping leftovers in the same way I can when I'm at home.

    Overall, I enjoyed our experiences at the Camp Richardson. They seemed at times a touch 'resort-y' and aiming for a higher clientele but when you have tents and RVs there's only so snobby you can be about your customers. Frankly I was on my honeymoon and just happy to be on vacation let little things like mediocre customer service bother me that much, but I can see why some reviewers gave it less stars that I would.

    02/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Laurel B.
    Historic cabins right on the shore of Lake Tahoe, minutes from Heavenly Valley (home of the $379 annual ski pass) (what a deal).  The aesthetics are mildly 1950's but in a good way.  I find the cabins to be aesthetically pleasing.  It has a restaurant (let's just say it's not San Francisco), but the cabins have kitchens (I like to cook after skiing), and if you like the post-skiing moonlight cross-country skiing avec cocoa and schnapps (what's not to like about that), this is a great place.  It's not exactly a bargain.  But it's nice.

    11/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Lauren C.
    So far the best place that I have camp now that I have a family of 5.  I use to be an avid camper with my hubby back in the days.  We went on hiatus since it was just too much fuss with 3 small ones.  Camp Richardson makes car camping so enjoyable.  Facilities are great; hot showers, large sink outside bathrooms to clean dishes. Eagle's nest section provided more privacy and larger sites.  Beach, general store, biking paths, hiking paths, etc were all within such a close distance. I give it less than 5 stars only because the weekend we were there, the bathrooms were busy & dirtied by this large group that made it inconvenient for everyone.  Great place for groups & families. And make sure to bring bikes & make a trip to the Ice Cream store!

    27/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Miss F.
    This review is for our experience renting showshoes and using the trails at Camp Richardson.
    Ann is a delight.  She helped us in the rental shop.  She showed us how to get in and out of the shoes and explained the network or trails for us to use at the camp.  She also gave us a handy map with the shop phone number on it just in case we got lost.  We didn't, but it would have been easy to do especially if it had been snowing.
    The cost was very reasonable and the parking was easy.
    If the rest of the place is run the way the rental shop is, then this is the place to go in Tahoe.

    12/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Brian G.
    Before you read please accept that I'm writing this from a family perspective. Your wants might be different.

    Dangerous
    With the number of bears that patrol through the site at night I wouldn't recommend staying there if you have children. Seeing a mother bear with cubs was particularly worrying. I made sure to walk my children to the bathroom after dark in case they had an unpleasant encounter and the kids had trouble sleeping as the bears would come up and snuffle the tents. One morning I found my football with bite marks in it. Another morning the lady next to us called the ranger as somehow the bear had got into her bear locker and she felt unsafe. Hmmm... bears increasing / rangers decreasing... perhaps there is a correlation?
    Unclean
    The women are all writing reviews about how unclean the bathroom facilities were so I'll skip it here. An "accident" shut down their facilities for a day and phone calls were just ignored. Personally I would have liked a warm shower as the water was tepid at best and the weather was unusually cold and wet.
    Noisy
    I don't mind drunken singing to 3am if that is one's expectations.  However the camp advertises a noise curfew so it would be great if    they did a drive by encouraging campers to adhere to it. Bottom line - families do have different needs than party mobs so they just need to decide which way the want to go. PS Having the same car's alarm going off in three subsequent mornings at 2am was a little much although not the camp's fault.

    My spouse, who tolerates camping, as opposed to myself who loves camping, has sworn to never go camping after this experience, hence the overall experience gets a single star.

    27/06/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Jay C.
    This review is for the bike rental at Camp Richardson.

    We rented two bikes and two trailers.  The staff was ok ... not great but not bad.  The equipment was alright.  The reason I gave it 2 stars is because they did not honor their coupon.

    I am not a super price-sensitive consumer nor am I a coupon clipper.  However, since there are so many rental shops and I had no idea which is better, I just went with the one I happen to have a coupon for.  When it came time to pay, the guy pointed to a sign on the wall that says coupon is for 1/2 day rentals only.  Which would have been ok if the restriction was printed on the coupon!

    The $5 difference isn't a huge deal obviously.  But I just hate false advertising.  It is unfair to the honest businesses.

    26/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    15. Michael C.
    Richardson is the must come to when boating on the lake. They have rum runners which are the cousin to the woody. They also have good comfort food. Just be aware, the racoons come out begging for food late in the evening so clear out unless you want to get bugged by them. =)

    22/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Jasmine L.
    I was really excited to come camping here as I had never gone to Tahoe before.  Because this was my first time visiting Tahoe, I was so weired out by the fact that we were there to go camping, but there were restaurants, casinos and stores only 5 minutes away!!  Well, that's not the campsite's fault.  I stayed confused for the rest of the trip because I couldn't get over that facts like we checked into a HOTEL for our campsite, we went to a casino for our first dinner after arriving, and my friend forgot to bring her lotion, so we stopped by a store to go pick it up.  Camping, right?  I couldn't get over it.

    Facilities were fair, with running water and hot showers.  They had bear boxes (food storage lockers) we could use to keep food out of our cars and tents.  Tall trees provided good shade, and the campsites were decent in size.

    Tahoe was beautiful.  I had a great time on the water.  The only reasons why I wouldn't give this place 5 stars is because the amenities were only so-so...

    18/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    17. Daniel O.
    I spent a wonderful three nights in one of the summer only cabins.  Off season is great. Quiet. Relaxing. Nothing to do, and everything is within five miles.  I had dinner my first night at the Beacon Rest. on the porch next to the beach. Watched the sunset. Fantastic.  I prepared dinner in my cabin the next two nights. (After dinner, I would stroll about two hundred yards to the beach and enjoy the twilight's last gleaming while sipping my wine.) Two breakfasts out, one in.  I knew that there was no TV, radio, or phone, or heater, but I came prepared, bringing an extra blanket with me and warm clothes. The reservation clerk advised me to "dress in layers and be prepared for cold mornings and cool nights."  I brought my "boom-box" and iPod Touch 4th Gen., too.  FREE Wi-Fi in hotel's lobby.  (Would be better if they could broadcast it within the cabin/motel/beach grounds.) Also, staff gave me access to the "Hotel's" hot tub.  Very friendly staff. Low ambient lighting made for star filled skies at night.  (Cabin was half-priced, too = Fall Special)  Brought my mountain bike with me...lots of bike trails, both paved and unpaved.

    26/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Sarah S.
    We have visited Camp Rich twice this year. The first time we stayed in the hotel. Good price, clean rooms. A little on the small side but they weren't busy so they upgraded us to a bigger room free. Very cool! Nice accomodations, no frills. Enjoyed the big fire place in the common room.

    Just got back from tent camping on the Badger's Den side for 3 nights. Nice sites, kind of close together but we got two and it wasn't at all busy so the kids had room to roam. Pretty quiet at night too, but could have been simply due to the lack of campers! We were close to the bathrooms ( pretty clean for camping bathrooms) and a plus with free HOT showers, nice. Quick five minute walk to Pope Beach. If you stay on the other side (Eagle's Nest) or the RV side you have a much longer walk to the water.  Beach was nice and sandy and had a gorgeous view.

    Also a very quick walk down to the Ice Cream Shop. Really cute place with yummy ice cream and nice picnic tables to sit. They also have a Cafe/General Store and Coffee Shop right there so you can get some wine or a latte if you are sick of roughing it. Worth a trip for a Camp Rich Sundae!

    Been to several Tahoe sites for tent camping in the past few years, this was one of the best, would definitely go back :)

    23/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Elis I.
    Winter: Studebaker or T-Bird cabin with a beautiful white carpet of snow rolled out to the edge of the blue, blue lake. Hiking along the lake and through the great old lodges at Tallac. Drinking cocoa in a rustic rocker in front of a gas fire stove while looking out at the blue-purple-mauve-pink sunset. Waking up in the middle of the night to the flicker of firelight. Big pot of chili for dinner with lots of red wine, and then a big mess of greasy eggs for hangover breakfast. Within minutes of Heavenly or (better yet) Sierra. If you want an old-fashioned true Tahoe experience it truly doesn't get better.

    Summer: Car camping, deck drinking, cover bands by the lake, kids in the sand, swimming, paddle boats and ice cream.

    The people at Camp Rich are lovely (especially Mai!). The vibe is unpretentious (no, the beds aren't fitted with the "Hotel Collection"), rustic, and relaxing. I'm proud to say my son is growing up going to Camp Rich, and someday I hope he'll take his kids there too!

    15/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Christina A.
    Long review... prepare yourself.. it's story time.

    CR seemed to have it all when I was younger, but now that I've had a chance to explore other areas of Tahoe, this place just isn't all that great anymore.

    I can certainly see how the appeal of having a Marina, General Store, Coffee Shop, Ice Cream Store, etc etc etc all within a stone's throw from each other is extremely convenient, but it hardly makes up for what they're lacking.

    1. Campground - I haven't camped here in a handful of years but I remember the showers being absolutely awful.  They were smelly, grimy and all out gross. I can only hope they've renovated them recently, because I only imagine how foul they would be now.  As for the sites, they're cramped, lack the woodsy feeling you get at other locations, and there is hardly any privacy..  Some of the sites back directly up to the highway which makes for an obnoxious evening.  If you want to camp in what feels like someone's overcrowded front yard... go for it.

    2. The Beacon (restaurant)- go for the rumrunners, you'll enjoy them (I always have, can't speak for the food)

    3. The beach - crowded, but not too bad if you can find a spot.  There's a roped off swimming area and the northern view isn't half bad.  Can get a little dirty, though... what's with people leaving their trash behind? Oh, and you have to pay for parking.  Best if you park down the block and carry your stuff down to the beach.

    4. The Marina - I'd suggeste it for non-motorized rentals, but anything with any sort of engine from this place is just a disaster.  Kayak rentals are reasonable and they'll usually give you at least a quarter of an hour extra if you go towards the end of the day.  Other than that I've had two terrible experiences here.

    Two years ago some friends and I decided to rent a jet ski.  As soon as we got to the dock i noticed that our vehicle's display panel wasn't working.  The sassy employee told me not to worry.  The second I pulled away a loud beeping started, I asked the gentleman if I should be concerned and he told me it wouldn't be a problem.  So, my friend and I headed out and after 5 minutes the beeping didn't stop so we returned.  The same employee told me again not to worry, I asked if we could switch crafts and he said they didn't have any others within the same price category , so it was either taking the same one out, or paying more.  Refusing to pay another dime, we headed out again and got to the far end of Tallac before our jet ski died.  We waited on the water for nearly 30 minutes before a good Samaritan towed us back to the marina.  Turns out.. that incessant beeping.. was the fuel gauge.  When we got there, I didn't get a single apology from the employees on the deck and when I went inside to discuss the situation with the clerk at the desk, she insisted that I pay for a half hour since we, in her words, "were able to enjoy the PWC for a portion of the hour". No.... I did not enjoy any part of getting stuck on a lake nor did I enjoy dealing with Skippy Smartass.  Eventually, after 15 minutes of her trying to weasel her way out of it, I walked away with a full refund.  And that's only part 1.

    Last year, my friends and I decided to rent a boat, fine.. shouldn't have been a problem.  The gave us what seemed to be a nice boat and told us not to worry about anything but the motor and the steering wheel as if we were children.  When we asked about the bilge, they told us to let it be.  Long, Long story short we're stuck on the lake.. something under the boat is leaking and trash (I mean cups, wrappers, soggy napkins, soda cans) is now coming up through the bottom.  It takes us twice as long to get back to the marina than it did to get to Emerald Bay since none of us were interested in ruining (and potentially having to buy) this boat. So we get back to CR and here we are, faced with penalties for going over our reserved time because their crew couldn't be bothered to properly clean or inspect their boat.  Nice try, Camp Richardson Marina... but again you fail.

    All and all, I'd say the area is worth an afternoon visit, but there are far better places to enjoy the lake. And certainly far better customer service to be found elsewhere.

    11/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    21. Austin M.
    I've been to a few other beaches in the area, and have to admit I liked them a little better.

    The beach at Camp Richardson is clean and the view is nice.  

    The food and bar area though is a little hectic though.  I don't really think there's anywhere else in the area for food or drinks, so everyone goes there.

    As for the food, it's okay.  I ordered this pork chop thing for about $20.  I tasted like it had been cooked an hour ago and had been sitting under a warming lamp during that hour.  

    The rum drink was good, but it was a small portion and costed be $10.

    I'm glad I went, I can see why people go there, but I don't think I'll be returning next time I'm in Tahoe.

    12/04/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    22. Mimi L.
    Camp Richardson was our one and only stop while boating on Lake Tahoe.  It's on the southwest side of the lake.   From the water, we could see the shore was pretty crowded...a couple hundred people relaxing on the beach or hanging out on the patio of the Beacon Bar & Grill.  The crew at our boat rental said people at any of the places we decided to dock would help us park the boat, but that didn't happen here.  It took us at least a half hour to park our big pontoon since it took a while to find a space big enough.  Boat docking was free for 2 hours.  

    The beach was very lively with a live band at the restaurant, locals drinking on the patio, and families playing at the beach.  We opted not to drink any alcohol from the restaurant even though we had brought our ID's just in case.  It seems the majority of the people had driven to the site instead of boating in.  We brought our own small grill and coolers and bbq'ed at a picnic table near the cabins.  It was very beautiful and relaxing...we could've stayed there all day.  There was actually a small wedding reception right by our bbq site and I saw another wedding party boarding a sailboat on the dock.

    Personally, I would've preferred a more quiet area to dock, but this was a great little resting spot.  Who knew there were sandy, blue-watered beaches on the Lake Tahoe shore?

    25/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Janet S.
    Too many people . . . . AAAAACK!

    19/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    24. T B.
    This place is a little heaven on earth!  LOVE IT!

    15/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Neuy D.
    Right by the lake, free showers, near the historical parts of Tahoe. Can see the historic old homes on the lake. There is a killer ice cream shop.

    Gets really loud at night.

    11/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Matt R.
    Repeat visits make me appreciate this place more and more. After a few visits to the cabins, I finally tried the lodge itself. Very nice. The rustic-woodsy theme continues (all rough-hewn furniture, wall-to-wall) in the hotel-style rooms. The Great Room, with the giant fireplace, anchors the whole place. The rooms themselves, although small, have renovated bathrooms with roomy showers and good showerheads. The free toiletries are high-quality. The mattress was excellent. Most noticeable--considering the rustic vibe--the place was absolutely spotless.  You could practically eat off the carpets. It's a fantastic place to spend a Tahoe weekend, well away from the greasy glitz of the Stateline casino scene.

    A highlight is the service. These folks actually appreciate your business, working hard to convince you to stay (if the few online rooms sell out, be sure to call them directly for reservations) and working hard to make sure you enjoy your visit.

    It's still my go-to resource for Tahoe lodging.

    30/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Sarah B.
    Gorgeous place to stop, walk around, hike, walk along the beach.
    Lots of things to do here. Bicycle rentals, boats to charter. The beach is beautiful and if it had been any warmer I would've gone swimming.
    Very romantic place to be taken.

    23/09/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Crystal L.
    We just returned from 5 nights at camp Richardson and loved every minute of it. Our group was in three locations: tbird cabin, the lodge and the hotel. Staff very friendly, tons of snow, beautiful snow shoe walks ad x country skiing and close to Sierra at Tahoe for down hill skiing. I'm giving camp Richardson 5 stars because so many parts of our stay were magical and tons of fun.  That being said, here are a few things that could be improved. The bedding is not very nice. Actually the beds themselves are fine (I'm a little picky about beds so that's a great review). But the blankets bedspread were so uncomfortable and inadequate for the cold weather. I asked for more bedding and they obliged with a space heater and more blankets, but what I really wanted was a big down comforter or something similar. Next time we come, and that will be often and soon, I will bring my own bedding!  The other improvement would be to improve the food at the cafe and the grill. The grill is really fun and has an awesome view of the lake. Drinks are great but food is just ok.  
    All in all this is a great place for families and groups. Can't wait to return!

    27/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Chris S.
    Didn't camp here, but it had the closest paddleboat rental around, so we stopped by. First of all, we waited in a long line in the office only to find out that the paddleboat rental was around the corner (HOW ABOUT SIGNS...ANYONE?). Then we got greeted by a sign reading TIPS GREATLY APPRECIATED in front of a bored teen girl who: 1) has obviously never heard of "customer service" (S-M-I-L-E), 2) forgot to mention that we could only paddle around the roped off SWIMMING AREA(?) (we were planning on a long shoreline exploration), 3) didn't even tell us about the life vests (yes, that's my 7-YEAR-OLD son).  Anyway we were so bored paddling around the swimming area with all the swimmers, that we only stayed out about half of the hour that we paid for. And, no the bored teen never got her tip.

    NOT RECOMMENDED.

    05/08/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    30. Jannette P.
    In summary, the place is no frills with friendly staff and lots of services on site.  The hotel rooms are small and without many amenities. In the campground however, expect crowds of noisy campers, no rule enforcement and gross old bathrooms with insufficient capacity for the busy weekends.  Bring earplugs - they were the only way I got any sleep.

    GENERAL:
    First off, the staff here was extremely nice and helpful - laid back, friendly, accommodating.  The resort has lots of services to offer right there on site - wi-fi in the hotel, ice cream store, general store, (overpriced) deli, bike rental, and walking distance to the beach - which is a huge blessing on summer weekends when the parking lots are full.

    HOTEL:
    Spent a long weekend in the hotel in July.  Room was very hot and stuffy - no A/C.  Small too - barely any room for our luggage.  But the room was simple and clean.  Because of the heat we kept our windows open, and it was very loud outside - between the highway, the 4th of July partiers, and the security guys with their loud walkie talkies at full volume at 3:30am, we didn't get much sleep.  From our room which was far from the lobby, the wi-fi signal was barely there for my kids and unusable for me.  If you're a TV junkie, the rooms have no TVs, the only TV is in the lobby, but we don't watch TV so we didn't care.  But we would have liked to have a mini fridge and microwave in the room - which they don't have.

    CAMPGROUND:
    We spent a week and a half in the tent campground in July.  Tent sites are very close together and vary dramatically in size and appeal.  Weekdays were quiet and peaceful.  Weekends can be a zoo.  4th of July weekend is unbearable.  Then a convention of 300-500 people moved in when we were about to move out.  Don't expect much quiet here.  There's a highway running next to the campground.  Mgmt doesn't enforce any of the rules.  Quiet hours are 10pm to 8am.  We had neighbors that woke up at 5:30am every day and made a lot of noise despite asking them to keep it down.  They had 6 tents on their site, but the limit is 2.  On busy weekends, so many people had campfires going that my eyes and nose were burning from all the smoke.  A big group arrived one night and left 2 tour buses loudly idling for an hour after midnight, while 2 busloads of screaming 15 year olds goofed around to add to the noise.  Some sites are very nice, some are next to the highway, some are covered in ant hills, most are very dusty.  The bathrooms are disgusting.  I see they're building new ones, but they weren't opened yet.  100 sites have to share 2 run-down bathrooms with 2 sinks and 4 stalls.  3 of the doors didn't shut and there was always 1 toilet out of order.  One sink took forever to drain.  The shower building was covered inside with moldy walls and ceilings.  The doors are always left open, so you have to worry about getting your butt bitten by swarms of mosquitoes in the early evenings.  Many of the female campers hog the sinks with huge bags of cosmetics, curling irons, blow dryers.  They also don't seem to bother cleaning all their hair off the sinks - they were always disgusting.  I've done a lot of car camping, and these bathrooms take the prize for being the nastiest.
    One benefit of camping there is you have access to the hotel lobby whenever you want - so we spent a lot of down time using the internet and charging our electronics there.  Oh, and when we were there at night, we used the hotel lobby bathrooms to wash up so we could avoid waiting in line for the yucky campground bathrooms.

    16/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    31. Elizabeth N.
    My bf lives in SLT. He's a local, I'm a tourist. I go up to SLT occasionally to see my bf. My bf wanted to camp here because the price was pretty low. I believe it was $35. The resort is pretty chill. Its quiet, but the shower is dirty, and need some cleaning. I'm giving them a 2 star rating because of one of the guys that works front desk. I was suppose to arrive in Tahoe on Friday, but I was delayed due to family situation. My bf called in telling them that we won't be coming on Friday, but Saturday instead. They said okay, and that they won't charge us for Friday. When I arrive on Saturday, while my bf was working, the front desk guy thought it would be funny to play a joke on me. (FYI, locals hate tourist. And because I wasn't with my bf, I'm a tourist. When I'm with my bf, people think I'm a local). I asked him if the shower were free. He said no and that I had to buy tokens from him. I knew he was playing a joke on me so I told him no thanks. He then charged me for the day I didn't check in (on Friday) even though we called the front desk. The guy try to argue with me. I called my bf and made him talk to him, pretty much yelling at the guy for not doing his job. This place is disorganized. Wouldn't recommend. Camp somewhere else who knows how to do their job.

    19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    32. Brandon M.
    I've been wanting to do a review for a long time. This place is amazing, and I'll tell you why, as well as debunk some other reviews. I lived in Tahoe for 5 years and have an intimate knowledge of Camp Richard Resort.

    I say Resort, because that's my first point. There's tons of things around that count as Camp Rich. The Camping, hotel, restaurant/bar and marina are all the same thing, really. So giving a bad review for one is unfair, in my opinion.

    Firstly, the hotel and cabins. They're nice. Very rustic. I think some people expect a condo when they hear "cabin" but these define it. A few have lake views, and in the winter you get a nice layer of snow. Just gorgeous. But if you're looking for luxury, look elsewhere. The price is a bit steep at times, but I got a package deal they were advertising on their website.

    The camping is nice, but again, you have to understand that for the price, you're not getting any bells and whistles. Yes, you're neighbors are close. But instead of being prude about it, embrace your neighbors. I camped there for the Renaissance Faire and their Oktoberfest celebration on several occasions. Some people forget what "camping" is, and I think that's what causes the bad reviews. Yes, there are bears out there. And yes, you have to find your site, pitch your own tent, and start your own fire. But it's civilized with the store so close. I will admit that it is close to the highway, and can be distracting at times, but at night, it's empty. And above you is a gorgeous starry sky.

    Now for the the missing star. I do love the restaurant. BUT there are things I don't agree with. Mainly the price. It's as if they're some high-class downtown place. I think if they toned down their prices and introduced a better Happy Hour, this would be perfect. I've never had a bad meal (although working in the food industry, I understand not every plate is perfect). Bartenders are good, and quick to help you unless you are rude about it. In the summer, it gets crazy busy, though.

    As for the other shops like the Marina and bike rentals, I've never used them. Heard good things, but I can't say for sure. Just use common sense, is all. And don't be afraid to ask questions, that's what they're there for!

    Overall, i think it's a wonderful experience. One person mentioned that the casinos are 5 minutes away... that is a flat-out lie. The casinos are over 10 miles away! In the summer is does get crazy. The beach is packed and the lines get long, yes. But just have a little patience and enjoy your vacation. This resort is not for the weak of heart or the impatient. In the winter, it's serene and quiet. In the summer it's bustling and busy. For me, both were perfect.

    10/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Karl S.
    This review will be short and sweet.

    Campground: Absolutely horrible.  Dirty, quiet hours from 10pm-8am are NOT ENFORCED AT ALL, people screaming and partying literally all night long, LOTS of bears probably because they don't lock their dumpsters.  All around PATHETIC....

    Staff: RUDE

    Beach: Nice but really crowded

    Proximity to highway: it's right there, so unless you like traffic all hours of day and night go somewhere else to camp.

    Marina: Rented a jet ski, it ran OK, it was not the supercharged SeaDoo they represented it was, barely got up on a plane...

    The only guy that was even close to nice and accomodating was the old guy that you pay to park down close to the beach.  He was not only nice, but funny, and answered questions very thoroughly.. All the other staff I encountered were RUDE and typical Tahoe stoners that think tourists suck (at least they sure behaved that way)....

    Don't waste your time and money at this resort, find another in Tahoe, or go to Lake Almanor where local people are still decent and nice to travelers who like the outdoors..

    13/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    34. Jeff O.
    Spent a week at RV village and enjoyed time here. We launched boat at Tahoe Keys and rented mooring at camp Richardson marina. The ice cream parlor was great at the proxemics to grocery stores, shops, and casinos was very convenient. Bike trails and nearby horseback riding kept kids having fun!

    24/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Rez A.
    I would give this place zero stars for an absolutely terrible service at the Jet Ski kiosk. I understand everywhere is busy during 4th of July weekend but I was extremely disappointed by the unprofessional treatment.  I was greeted by a girl named Marissa at 2:30pm on July 6th.  We were looking to get 2 jet skis for four people. What really didn't make since was that they don't have any waiting list or anything to keep track of the people and manage their clients except a white board which looks like crap from where you see it. First, she told us to wait for an hour the first time to see if we could get A Jet ski for 3:30pm. We went back at 3:20 and she said around 5pm. When we went back at 5pm, she said that they were done for the day. I'm not sure why she didn't tell us that earlier, but our day was ruined by a girl who does not know who to manage people's expectations and time. I could have left at 2:30pm and did a lot more with my time except waiting hopefully. I definitely won't be back there next time I am going to Tahoe. The only place worth going there is the Ice cream shop across the entrance. I got a root beer float and my girlfriend and others got an ice cream. It was really delicious. Go to the ice cream shop but stay away from the Camp Richardson watersports and their broken, old, and small equipment.

    16/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    36. Mel C.
    This review is only for the horseback riding. While the trail was beautiful, the staff and guides weren't personable or friendly at all. They didn't offer any info about the horses or the grounds on our tour. It was a mediocre experience not worth the $300 for 7 people.

    20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    37. David B.
    Amazing location and great place for a family. Feel very safe and great place for the kids to ride bikes and hike.

    27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Kathy S.
    Great place to visit. Georgous Beach!

    22/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Joe S.
    We purposely camp to Camp Richardson during the off season and on a weekday when school was in session as we knew it wouldn't be crowded. I hate crowds! We came late Sept on a Monday & Tuesday. The weather was absolutely beautiful with 70+ deg sunny days. If you come here during the summer months, be warned...After talking with the staff at the marina and reading other reviews, this place is a zoo. If you enjoy staying at the zoo with all the other animals, then come here in the middle of summer when it's extremely crowded & noisy.

    The hotel room was pretty basic but comfortable and the staff nice enough. Early check in appears to be frowned upon here as we arrived a few hours early and were told the room wasn't ready. They said they would call us as soon as it was and they never did. We just showed back up at 3pm (check in time) and the room was ready to go. The lobby has a big screen and wifi along with a nice fireplace if you want to relax there in the evenings. We never ate at the Beacon Grill on site as the prices were very high. $15 for a burger & $25 for a plate of pasta is rediculous. There are other less expensive dining options in Tahoe for those with families with small children.

    The beach area was clean, nice and quiet and my kids enjoyed playing in the sand. Again, no crowds this time of year. We brought our own kayak and we launched from the beach and paddled around the marina which was nice. On the second day, we rented an 18' powerboat from the marina for a half day. The staff at the Marina was friendly and very helpful.  If you've never rented a boat and been out on the lake, I highly reccomend you do a half day rental. The scenery is beautiful and it's a relaxing way to spend your day and see the lake. Including gas and rental fee's it cost $415 for a 4 hour rental. In the mornings, we went across the street to the coffee/confectionary place and had some good coffe and danish. The General Store makes breakfast, but it's like $9 for a plate of bacon, eggs and toast which seemed high.

    The only areas of improvement for the hotel would be...Towels! The towels in the bathrooms are probably the cheapest, crappiest towels of any hotel  I've ever been in. They are thin and rough like sandpaper. I've seen Motel 6's with better towels than at this Hotel. Pillows are also a little thin and flimsy and don't offer up much support, so bring your own if you like sleeping with a decent pillow. The ceiling fan in our room was a little noisy and needed to be replaced.

    Overall, this place is a good basic place to stay with the kids. I would never stay here in the summer though as it's extremely crowded.

    28/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Mada A.
    Nice cozy place very close to the lake (couple minute walk). My husband and I came here on new years day for a few days and I'm glad we picked to stay here. First time hot tubbing in the snow and we enjoyed it. We weren't aware there was one so it was a nice surprise. Rooms have no TV but it is good to keep you away from your tech routine for a few days. There is a tv in the lobby with a nice fire place though which feels very homey. All in all we plan on coming here again in the summer to stay in one of the cabins. I have to mention the walls are thin so if you bring your kids it would be nice if they don't run around the halls at 8 am sharp waking everybody else up.

    30/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Lyn T.
    Badger Den rocks!  Okay, I'll say that my husband was a skeptic when I said we were going to go camping with friends, but after our visit this past July, he said he'd do it again.  Yea!

    Highlights:  Bathrooms!  Showers!  Bear Lockers!  Spacious campsites!  Close to lake!

    After reading some of the reviews here at Yelp just to get an idea of what to expect, it helped to know about the bear situation.  It lowered my anxiety about it.  It helped to know about the potential noise situation so we could prepare for it.

    During the week is the best time to go... we were there Mon-Thurs.  For summer camping, be sure you bring long-johns for night time or a Below Zero sleeping bag because the daytime temps are deceptive and nighttime gets down to the low 50's or mid 40s

    02/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Climber C.
    I am only rating the Richardson house which is the 7-bedroom house on site. overall, a good experience. My big group of 20 has rented the house for 2 nites annually in January. Reasonable. Plenty of tp, paper towels, clean towels, etc. Just a few minor things would make it perfect: 1) no reception n no wifi even with the password provided. 2) with the thermostat set at 60-65 in the winter, the first floor was perfect, the second floor was way too hot and one of the rooms on the third floor was freezing. Should work on evening everything out. 3) the trash issue is confusing. When we called the front desk they seemed to not care about the recycling at all. It would be nice if there were clear instructions n availability to throw away trash, recyclables, as well as compost. I'd still stay here again nxt yr tho :)

    30/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    43. AquaFairy M.
    I have not been staying with Camp Richardson - I often use their rental center and cross-country ski trails. Equipment is good and reliable. Trails are well-groomed. People are nice! Also, there is option to go outside of their trail system to Fallen Leave lake, which is stunning.

    24/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. K T.
    Best place to rent a motorboat from if you want to see Emerald Bay. They will tell you to buy the 4 hr. package in order to see Emerald Bay and swim around. However, we found that 2 hrs. would have been more than enough time. It doesn't take more than about 30 min. to get to Emerald bay if the wind is not too strong (the earlier you go the less wind you will have) and you can stop your boat and take a dip etc. We booked the boat for 4 hrs. and took it back early because we didn't know what to do after about 3 hrs. It just gets really hot and boring. The service was great and everyone was super friendly and helpful.

    15/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Aus B.
    This review is for the marina and more specifically boat rentals.

    The staff was very friendly and helpful.   Camp R prices are darn reasonable when you compare them to the other rental places on the lake.  The boat showed some age but it worked fine and got us around the lake with no problems.  

    The guy in charge of getting us in the boat and on our way was just as friendly and helpful as the staff inside.  Big plus.

    Another bonus with Camp R is that the marina is only about 15 to 20 min by boat to Emerald Bay.  Emerald Bay is a great spot when the wind starts to kick-up.

    Recommended for sure!

    22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Chuck C.
    This review is for the Camp Richardson RV park. If you like camping in the dirt (there is NO grass here, all night parties with no oversight or rules enforcement, bugs in the showers (literally climbing up the walls in the stalls), sloped sites (almost every one), traffic noise, crowds-crowds-crowds of drunk people then this is the place for you. We will not stay here again. If you are young and into partying, this place will give you a spot to hoot and howl all night with no manager bothering you to stop. There was even a drunk guy getting sick all over the already disgusting bathroom early one morning. A poorly maintained, poorly managed party paradise if you're into that sort of thing, we are not. Beware if you have kids too as there is a lot of lewd behavior going on around the campground/RV park.

    24/07/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    47. Scott C.
    The campground is really about a 3...the experience was actually a 5!

    We only stayed here in our pop up tent last year for one reason - Kokonee Salmon Festival AND Oktoberfest! These events happen on the same weekend in early October (I believe in 2010 its Oct 2/3).

    The campground itself was middle of the road. We had plenty of tree cover and the site was spacious (think #40). There was zero privacy with our neighbors, which wasn't end of the world (since we had good quiet neighbors). The bathrooms were just passable as far as cleanliness.

    Both the above events are GREAT! The Salmon festival is great for the kids and its only about a 2/3 mile walk up 89. We got to see black bears and there are an amazing amount of salmon doing there thing. Then we walked to the Oktoberset along the Tahoe shoreline. And of course its fun for the whole family there as well too (except for the beer part...that's for the missus and I to enjoy responsibly). Al Gruber band is there...which is always a great time.

    The kicker for last year...we got about 4 inches of snow overnight...so we got to check snow camping off of our list.

    28/03/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    48. Marcus K.
    I'd probably rate them higher if they had not lied to me on the way in.   I was looking to launch my kayak from the closet launch to emerald bay. I went in the drive and they said that they were the closest launch.  Great, I thought and I paid the entrance fee and went in.  Turns out about the forest service has a beach about a mile closer.  If this is any indication of how they run a business, I won't be back.

    23/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    49. oriana c.
    BED BUGS AND BAD SERVICE BY THE MANAGER! If you stay in one of the cabins PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring a magnifying glass to check for BUGS! We found bed bugs and other tiny bugs. The kids that work there were nice and helpful but the manager was so horribly rude! We had to be moved from cabin to cabin because each cabin had bed bugs and the couches and mattress were so old and outdated full of stains and looked like they were 20 yrs or so old. When trying to talk to the manager she swung her hands in my face and yelled at me. I tried asking her to be quite for just a moment so that I could say something because she was talking over me and she hit the roof yelling even more. It was a horrible experience that I wouldn't want anyone else to have. First BUGS and then I get treated like that. I was even told I was put on the no return list! WOW kick me in the teeth while I'm down! I wasn't planning on coming back but that's a horrible thing to hear after dealing with all of the bugs and being moved from room to room and yelled at. Stay far away from this place!

    09/02/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    50. Joe C.
    One of our favorite beaches in Tahoe. Laid back, BBQ pits with tables, a dock to have fun jumping off, and an area to play volleyball with family and friends!

    17/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    51. Laura J.
    After trying the RV park over Independence Day weekend, I'm back to update my review.  As far as RV parks go this one is pretty awful.  The bathrooms were filthy.  A single trash can  - one for the men's room and one for the women's room - were only emptied once per day at around 7 am, so by mid-morning they were generally overflowing and there was TP all over the floors.  We quickly discovered the best and only time to use the showers is right after the 7 am cleaning.  We never saw anyone patroling the RV park as we do at other parks.  There just seems to be a general lack of concern for guests at this resort.

    Camp Richardson in general needs to be upgraded.  With the crowds they attract on holiday weekends they need a safe path for people to walk from the RV park and campgrounds to the beach.  As it is, people are expected to walk along side the paved road in the dirt, which can be really difficult when you are carrying a lot of stuff.

    They claim to have a rule about taking down shelters on the beach every night but we saw no evidence of this rule being enforced.  Consequently, our view of the fireworks across the lake was obstructed by a shelter that had been left in place for 3 days and had been unoccupied for the entire day on July 4th.

    We're done with Camp Richardson.

    P.S. The dirt at the RV park still stuck to everything just like it did when we stayed at the campground.  I have no idea why this is and I certainly don't blame the resort but it's just another reason I won't miss Camp Richardson.

    29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    52. J F.
    T*E*R*R*I*B*L*E HOTEL management. WOW. Let me just start with that. I gave it 2 stars for a few reasons and I'll get there...but let me start with the BAD. And it was fucking BAD! I decide to take my infant son, wife, sister and a few friends to camp Richardson. Why? Because I've been going there since I was literally 5 years old (25 years) and it is one of the cleanest, most pleasant places, within all of Lake Tahoe. This past weekend was the worst experience I've ever had there - or anywhere. That includes France and the French. Yeah...that bad. So I get there around 8ish PM on Friday night. Long day at work and I'm ready to unwind. The RV kiosk is closed so I have to use hotel check-in. No problem. I drive over to my spot before walking to the hotels and I notice someone is in it. Couldn't figure out which spot was actually mine but that's besides the point because every spot has someone in it. So I walk in to the hotel and I'm greeted and helped by a very nice guy - I think his name tag said Scott. Over by the TV the manager (whom I dealt with later) was watching the Kings/Rangers hockey game. I mention that someone might be in my spot and the guy checking me in quickly says to let them know and they'll radio over security or campground maintenance. I walk back to the campground and, yes sir, someone is in my spot. Back to the hotel I go. I walk in and I grab the attention of the guy who was watching the game and is now fluffing couch pillows. Great fucking use of your managerial time and skills by the way. He is the night manager, name starts with a B (for fear of recent slander suits on yelp - I'll refrain from using the full name). Anyway - I mention it to him and he radios a guy over there. The guy that shows up is fantastic but he can't do much because there is, in fact, someone in my spot. Hop in his truck and back to the hotel we go. At this point it has been an hour. My wife and child are tired, it's dark, everyone is ready to drop camp and relax. So, this night manager decides the people in my spot are priority (even though I paid for and picked it) and so are the people who are going to show up TOMORROW to a spot I'm asking about taking. He then attempts to send me to a different spot. Cool. I'll take it. But I want to see where it is first. I go look at it. Uh uh. Nope. No way. Grass up to my knees. The fire pit is literally unnoticeable because the grass is above it. Back I go. I tell him. His response? "It's a spot we rent out every year - I don't know what to tell you." I've had it with this asshole. It's now 10pm. And he's satisfied he provided me the solution of a shitty camp spot. I reiterate I've got an infant. Nope. He's doesn't give a fuck. He actually says "how about I give you your money back and you go camp elsewhere because I don't like your attitude." Great resolution asshole. Go back to fluffing pillows and watching hockey. Now, in his defense my group was being mouthy and I tried to restrain them, however, he has no idea what customer service, conflict resolution, or management actually means. He has the social skills of a cucumber. He's one of those managers that won't do the things he asks others to do because he wants it easy. I come up with my own resolution and all is well. But it's 10:30 - 2 and a half hours of this shit. I wake up the next morning and decide that, because I manage 25+ people and would want to know when someone is an asshole because customers pay my bills, I would go and inform whoever his manager is. Nope. Bad idea. I see where he gets it. She was fucking nuts. She, her name starts with an M, actually chose to cut me off saying "I can't change what happened. I can't go back." Yes, this is true. But to me as the consumer this means "wtf do you want because I have no desire to address this with my shitty employees." So, I ask her to let me finish. This bitch actually steps back, throws her hands in the air, and proceeds to yell that I've ruined her morning and I'm attacking her. She goes on to call me harsh and STILL has no resolution. I see where the asshole of a night manager gets it. She was crazy. And also had the social skills of a cucumber. The social ineptitude of these 2 managers was astounding. Apparently she was having a bad weekend. It wash Saturday. Get the fuck out of management if you can't handle it. I leave with the resolution being the campground manager would come help me. This is where the other star comes in. And where I will use a name. MATT, the campground manager is amazing. Nicest guy ever. Literally one of the most pleasant people to deal with. Same with his whole group - Andy, Joe, all of them. Had I had the opportunity to deal with them from the get go this would have 5 stars. The resort owns everything. And while talking to an employee at another one of the stores he summed it up - "that's why we don't like going in the hotel and dealing with them." Get your shit together hotel management. You're ruining a great place.

    15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    53. Jim S.
    This review is for the RV campground. I have stayed here on two occasions, and for a total of 13 nights.  

    First off, the location is just fantastic, and one of the main reasons Camp Rich is so popular.  You can (and we did) literally walk across the street and plop yourself on their private sandy beach. It's a 1500' walk from the campground entrance to the sand.

    The RV campground offers some sites with full hook-ups in the lower section closest to the road. After that, all the sites have water and electric. There is a dump station on site if needed.

    The campground is quite primitive in that there are no paved areas. It's all dirt roads and dirt campsites. Bring your patio mat, you'll need it!

    As of 7-2012 the RV campground bathroom is really quite old and dilapidated. There are three showers on each side (men & women). Imagine painted plywood doors and old cinder block and you'll get the picture. They work, but it aint pretty.

    Also, in the toilet side there is no counter space at all by the sinks. So when you finish up you'll need to set your stuff on top of the paper towel dispenser if you're lucky enough to get it. The bathrooms were poorly lit to top off the experience.

    The beach has ample room even on busy holidays. What's nice is that the large pine trees come all the way down to the beach where they cast a nice amount of shade if needed. There is also a live band playing on the patio of The Beacon restaurant right there too. So you can sit in the shade, still be on the beach, and enjoy the live music. What's not to like?!

    Please note that the dirty little secret about Lake Tahoe is that the water is too cold to swim. Seriously, try to find the water temp on any of the local marina websites. Nope, not there. That wouldn't be good for business.

    It's still alot of fun to float around on rafts, etc... and just sit on the beach enjoying the vibe.

    All in all I like this place and would come back again.

    20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Josana I.
    We tried several RV camps in Tahoe and this is our favorite so far! The campground is very pretty with wonderful trees around. And even though you are close to the road, the noise was really minimun. We got spot 35 which is a full hookup site but we dont recommend this spot to anyone as the water is different side as the electricity and the rest. So we had to really adapt in the way we parked order to have everything connected at the same time. We noticed other spots were better.
    Staff was okay, I called to make a reservation (as they unfortunately don't take online reservations) and the call was really a mess, the person who answered me seemed to be in a big rush but at the same time confused, she said she would send me an email confirming my reservation, which I never got. I wonder if online reservations wouldnt be better and easier for everyone.
    But I definitely hope to stay there again!

    09/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Bruce P.
    This is a report of our experience at the Camp Richardson Resort general store delicatessen, but probably reflects a more pervasive flaw in the management.

    We stopped at the deli during a bicycle trip on the popular trail that passes Camp Richardson. We ordered sandwiches for the three of us. Once our preparer started working on our sandwiches, he made some comment that indicated he was annoyed or disgruntled about something. Following this, not one, but TWO managers chewed him out while he was working on our food. It's obvious common sense: you don't bother or distract a food preparer while he's working on someone's food, and no professional manager would do something to get him upset while he's working on someone's food. These managers, however, did not put that level of thought into their work. I stood there fuming and wishing that they'd leave him alone.
    When we got to our picnic site, we found that the hapless preparer had been so distracted that he left the avocado out of an avocado sandwich.

    We went back and spoke with one of the problem managers, but she just didn't get it that it was her fault. She told us "we have two cases of avocados"!

    I have sympathy for the preparer. Whatever his problem was, and it may have stemmed from these same two managers, he did not deserve the abuse and never should have been distracted while working on someone's food.

    15/07/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    56. Alyssa J.
    There is no denying that Camp Richardson is in a great location as far as ease of getting places. Its literally right on the highway. This is also a downfall however, as you can hear the cars and also at night, see the lights as they drive by through the tent. We even purposefully avoided the Badger Den area and instead camped in the Eagle's Nest tent area, which was significantly less crowded. Actually, it was downright empty. The majority of the time we were there, there was only one or two other camp sites we could even see that were occupied. It was almost TOO empty.

    The bathrooms and showers here are fantastic. Nice and new, they are a great size and very clean. I've been camping a lot in my life, and these are some of the best bathrooms and showers I've ever seen. 50 cents (you have to buy tokens at the hotel lobby though) buys you an entire 15 minutes of shower time. Unheard of, and totally awesome.

    The ice cream parlor is really yummy and has HUGE portions, but its very popular so try and go earlier in the morning, otherwise you're in for a 15-30 minute wait.

    Bears! I didn't really think we would see any, but lo and behold, a little guy came cruising through the camp site in the middle of the day....crazy! He wanted nothing to do with us, just wanted to try the trash dumpster. Just keep all your food and smelly stuff in the bear locker, and you'll be totally fine.

    Water. When you book your reservation, and even on the website, the camp map shows a ton of spigots throughout the campsite. LIES! We spent a good 20 minutes hunting for these things, only to call the lobby and be told that "the parks department" took them out for one reason or another. So the only one available are attached to the bathroom/shower buildings. Its a pain in the butt. And they need to remove those from the map.

    All in all I was pleasantly surprised with how nice everything was. That said, I don't think I'd camp here again, at least not any time soon.

    02/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    57. Melanie I.
    Just got back from camping at Camp Richardson with my boyfriend, his two daughters, and my son. I highly recommend going to Camp Richardson mid-week. The Eagles nest campground was only about 1/3 full. We had campsite 515, which was bordered by wilderness on 2 sides, and very quiet at night. Most of the campers were families with kids, so the noise was just little kid squeals, which died down by 9pm. The showers/bathrooms were quite a walk from our campsite, but they were clean, with plenty of hot running water. We had two tents and two cars and we still had plenty of room at our campsite.
    The campgrounds at Camp Richardson are within walking distance to the Lake, bike trails, a general store, an ice cream shop, and the Beacon Bar and Grill.
    The kids enjoyed swimming in the freezing lake, going to Tallac Historic site, riding bikes, and watching the chipmunks and blue-jays at our campground.
    This is a nice low budget family vacation, although I have a pile of laundry waiting for me that might convince me to rent one of the Camp Richardson cabins next time.

    17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    58. Helen M.
    This is a review for Camp Richardson's Marina Duplex. We stayed here for a week over the summer. We found that is is quite an expensive place to stay ($375/night for 7 night minimum) for what it offers. The duplex is right on a small beach area, which was very pleasant. Though, the duplex itself was quite run down, is very small, small beds, only one person can stand in the kitchen at a time. Also, you need to share the deck with whoever is renting the other duplex (as well as sharing an adjoining wall). There is quite a bit of noise from the car park area, and the restaurant nearby.
    The best thing about the marina duplex was that it is on the lake, but in our opinion is is very overpriced for what you get.....

    28/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    59. Carolina J.
    Beautiful location. Love all of the tree's.

    19/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    60. Annie D.
    My husband and I were married at Valhalla right next door to Camp Richardson Resort so our family and friends stayed in the cabins and Beachside Inn all weekend and it was a blast. We were right next to the lake, the Beacon, the venue - fantastic weekend. The staff was great and provided our guests all the hospitality they needed. We now have a "go-to" for when we have large groups and/or when we don't feel like camping.

    17/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    61. Laurie R.
    Nothing but positives to say about Camp Richardson Resort. We spend every 4th of July here (before and after too!) The place is well kept and the parking is re-imbursed if you spend $20 at the Beacon Bar & Grill. Which, is the easiest thing to do when they have the best food and rum runners in town. Visit this place if you have not ;)

    06/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    62. Randy B.
    LOCATION, OPTIONS, FUN!

    With 3 options, cabin rentals, hotel, and camp site - this is a great consideration for you when staying in the Lake Tahoe area.  By far, the cabin rental is the best of their options..as they have a variety of sized properties & prices to choose...with some with lake view and others just hundreds of feet from it.  The hotel rooms are very nice, but with no TV or amenities (good remedy for that "get away from it all" need; the lobby has a TV if you need a fix).  The campground is great, with hookups if you need them for your TV/Camper, and convenient and (mostly) clean bathrooms.  Key with the campground is that you'll find certain spaces are better than others (trees, close/far from trash, close/far from showers, close/far from bathrooms, etc).  The prime spots get reserved up to a year in advance, and if you go each season, you'll find the same set of your newly made friends.  

    Conveniently, they have a horse riding stable, bike rental, jetski & boat rental, a restaurant, a small general store, an ice cream shoppe...all close to walk to.  It is, however, on the south side of the Lake, so you'll have to pop in your car 5 minutes to the market, or 15-20 mins to the casinos.

    The summer peak season is VERY busy, and often sells out.  4th of July is crazy nuts, but my favorite time of year is mid-August.  Definitely don't just drive up and see if you can get a spot..a reservation is highly recommended!

    17/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. Patrick D.
    Camp richardson is awesome. Stayed there two nights last summer, wish i had more time there and can't wait to go back. Unless you know another campground that's within walking distance of your own beach ( albeit crowded but duh...it's tahoe in the summer) and a good restaurant. Getting a site on the beach side is a must.Overpriced? Well perhaps the restaurant is spendy if your used to $1 jumbo jacks but as a restaurants on the lake (as in, fall off the deck into the sand), I found it pretty reasonable considering the view.
    Bad reviews? Oh there were bugs, bears and loud people!! No shit. It's camping in Tahoe. You could walk ten miles into the backcountry from the lake and get loud campers. I've lived here for over 20 years and am yet to find a place as nice with the amenities, proximity to the lake and food. Meeks bay is sweet but no restaurant or cabins for my parents. Sand harbor is fun but nowhere to camp. The backountry is cool unless you want a fire. Hotels in town are older and overpriced during peak season. Outdated? You know of a house around the lake not outdated ( save for the recently built ones put up after tearing down the original)
    If your a Sally go to the north shore and stay at the ritz. If you want a chill Tahoe experience close to the lake with good folks and decent campsites at a good price. Stay here. (Again: the lake side of the highway)
    I cancelled my trip to Santa Cruz next year for this place. Little to no traffic compared to most of california, beautiful scenery and accessible. Bike rides, swimming, watching stars and campfires! Only thing that would make it better would be a hot tub. Course them someone would complain it was too warm and dirty. Oh yelp...

    17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    64. Nicole G.
    Driving up from San Diego for our first visit to Lake Tahoe...4th of July weekend.

    We met some friends at Camp Richardson, kids and all. Our camp site was nice and clean. Each site comes with a picnic table, firepit and bear box. Bathrooms were decent, with running water and stocked toilet paper...I wasn't expecting much from a camp ground but I was satisfied with these two things in the bathroom.

    Being that it was 4th of July weekend, the shore was crowded. Lots of rocks upon entering the water but my kids had a blast anyway.

    The staff in the office were VERY friendly and informative. We tried to check in early and they were very courteous and considerate, taking contact information to let us know as soon as we could check in. We got a very good discount with my husband's active duty ID!

    Being that the drive is quite long, not sure if we'll be returning but if we do...Camp Richardson is at the top of our list for sure!

    08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    65. Roger W.
    Absolutely the best campground in North Lake Tahoe with full hookups. This is our wedding site and love coming back every September.

    20/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Charlene K.
    Very beautiful area and the Cabins are conveniently located on the Lake. The Cabin we stayed in was very cozy and comfortable. Amenities were clean and well kept.

    15/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Linda J.
    We've stayed here twice in our 32' fifth wheel. Always clean.  Friendly staff. Close to everything. We were surprised that is was as quiet as it was. Easy walk to the lake. Friendly staff at the office. Great place to meet friends. Have plans to stay here in September. FIVE stars.

    28/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    68. Lori D.
    Richardson Resort RV camping - bring earplugs, tolerance and hope you don't care about not having any personal camping space. Hubby and I made two camping trips so far this summer here. The sites are VERY close together with no privacy and you can hear just about everything. The electrical and  water hookups are great to have. Memorial Day weekend we were at site #39 which is a decent site not too far from the restroom  yet far enough.All the pop-up trailers were on this side and it was quiet except for the drunken camper screaming at midnight. July 4th week site #71 where all of the big rigs park. Very loud trip - people watching movies on the side of their RVs, music blaring, big groups whooping it up, screaming children and twenty somethings with blenders creating various "clubs" all over the campground. I suppose this is what happens near a holiday and there's electricity available. I just can't believe the amount of people that have no regard for other campers who want to hear the birds chirp and relax. They do not enforce quiet time - as a matter of fact there is no camp host here, just the person at the kiosk who checks you in. They could use bear lockers for those of us who have pop-up trailers and not hard side rvs, more garbage cans and another restroom. Would I stay here again ? Only if Camp Shelly has no room and I can get site #39, oh yes and earplugs.

    06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    69. Sf Momm Y.
    I don't camp outside... But we do love the water. So, renting a paddle boat here was a nice little break from me watching him in the water..... Although kiddo later stated that he preferred being in the water vs. being on the water. Ah, at least we tried.

    The camp is a little irritating cuz you can walk in but you have to park outside unless you are dining or staying inside... The path is paved but lots of cars come through.

    The beach is very crowded, which makes it a big minus in my book..... jumping off the dock looked like fun though.

    I'm a little confused at this place. I read that you have to pay to walk in, but I didn't see that happening on one day, and then they were checking at the checkpoint on another. I wouldn't pay $40 to park here. I'm principally opposed to the idea of private shoreline of any kind, period, so SLT gets on my nerves sometimes.

    Poorly paved paths for beginning bike riders, be careful if you bring bikes with smaller kiddos.

    Friendly folks working here. Must be a fun summer gig.

    28/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    70. Stacey B.
    Very disappointed with service. Do not recommend at all. Not clear at all on their policies. My daughter and boyfriend are driving their as I type to camp. Called camp Richardson to confirm reservation and learned you must be 21 years old to check in. This is stated no where on their website or confirmation email. Their suggestion to me is to drive 3 hours so that I can check them them in. They will not refund my money as I am past the cancellation period. All they had to say was "Sorry".  I will never camp there.  I will never recommend any of my family and friends to camp there. I understand there are policies. But if you are going to have policies you intend to enforce, include them in your website or in the confirmation email.

    29/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    71. Alvin C.
    Was at Camp Rich last weekend (6/15/2013-6/17/2013).

    My first time here was in 1993.  I come when I can.  Lately, that's been annually.

    I don't have much to share, except that I like coming here.  Location, convenience, and relative safety (bears live in nature) can't be beat.  Bear lockers (I've never had trouble with bears since they installed them, I don't think they were there 20 years ago), decent restrooms (Badger's Den), and a plethora of activities (bike trails, the marina, the corral) make it a great locale.  And the Y isn't too far away for shopping.

    It's the perfect balance, camping-wise, for someone who for whatever reason needs to strike the balance between faux-camping luxury (too many amenities) and true roughing it (bring your own toilet bags, MREs, freeze dried stuff, and little butane backpack stoves).  I enjoy coming here, and any guests or friends whom I invite who get skittish about "wilderness" have been comfortable too.  In fact, the biggest drama is being a stickler against the "convenience" of leaving stuff out at night that animals like to rummage through and eat.

    As a camper, I don't expect to be treated like a "guest", so I have no comments about service aside from everyone I've ever run into has been friendly and helpful; but then I'm not a particularly high-maintenance person when I'm pitching a tent and lighting a fire to cook on.

    One possible criticism is that Camp Rich is hardly a secret, and you may have the misfortune of camping near a large loud party crowd.  But that's par for the course.  Being friendly goes a long way, and it's never been much trouble for me (but then again, I'm not a particularly light sleeper).  If this is a concern, call for reservations instead of doing them online, and ask what the situation is for the dates you're there; they can advise you the best spot to camp at reasonable distances from noise, bathroom traffic, etc.

    For sure I'll be back.  Likely for years to come.

    20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    72. Lynn L.
    We go to Camp Richardson each year with our Scout pack. I love this place. Old school cabins right on the lake. Friendly staff, clean, etc. Would love to go back in summer. Our son's last year in his pack will be next year and a group of us are planning on continuing the tradition, just cuz.

    14/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    73. Mandi K.
    This campground was actually pretty nice! Great places to hike and walking distance to the beach. Maneuvering and finding our exact site took a bit because the number signs are small. Only reason this place isn't 5 stars is because the bathrooms are small and only cleaned once a day which is not much for the amount of traffic that goes through it. By nightfall and the next day there is clogged toilets and  paper and gross things scattered in the stalls. I'm embarrassed to say that some girls or women need to learn to throw away their monthly things!! Who the hell wants to see that strewn on the shower floor! Or the bathroom stall. Also we had the unfortunate case that a family of 30 camped next to us and would wake up at 6am and talk loudly and also causing a ruckus in the evening til late. There are campground rules for "quiet" time but that blew past these folk. Majority experience was overall good. Would go back sometime!

    30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Jack S.
    This was my family's 3rd year in a row staying in a summer only cabin. For those of you who have not stayed in a summer only cabin the term "rustic" will become very familiar to you. Other terms that come to mind are shabby, bare-bones, drafty, and aging.

    To Camp Rich caretakers-
    Why not spend a small amount of time and money to caulk all the interior holes on your summer cabins? All the holes that carpenter ants and spiders emerged from during my stay could easily be caulked throughout the entire cabin (Mack in my case) in under an hour.

    How about a decent shower nozzle instead of the incredibly cheap one that is installed?

    To Camp Rich Front Desk- Your crew was pleasant and efficient during check in and check out but please remember to say, "Thank you for staying with us" or similar statement when people check out. It's a small gesture that goes a long way for your guests who just spent thousands at the camp you represent. This is the third year in a row where I received no thanks from the front desk at check out.

    To whatever entity owns Camp Rich- Congrats! Your steadily increasing top-dollar prices and seemingly never-ending summer guests will ensure wonderful income for years.

    All in all my family had a great time and made many family memories.

    Recommendations- Go on a horse ride via the Camp Rich stables, go rafting for half a day on the South Fork of the American River, visit the mansions of Tallac and Sugar Pine Point, lay out at the beach as you listen to the band play at the Beacon, and take the kids fishing at the kids only Mill Pond near the Y.

    08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    75. Nina M.
    It's hard to go wrong with nature, but there are certain things I dislike about this location.

    The beach is very rocky/pebbly so it is painful/reallly difficult to get into the water if you don't wear water shoes.

    The place is always packed with tourists so don't expect any peace & quiet here.

    There is one little restaurant on the shore & it serves really OVERPRICED sad diner-type food.

    14/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    76. Joy P.
    This place is beautiful. Water was crystal clear and clean... My boyfriend and I went kayaking and paddle boating, it was fun despite not being able to go out farther. So be prepared to stay within a close proximity. Besides that, I love this place and can't wait to take the kids.

    18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    77. p m.
    Had fun camping three nights at #365.
    Everything is well- organized and both showers and toilets were kept very clean. General store , coffee house, and info shack were accessible and well-run. Had excellent meal at Beacon Beach on the lake with good service.

    22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    78. Antonio G.
    Go-to place for camping. Was here for 4 nights last week. Great location. Close proximity to nature, the lake, and points of interest, but not far from casinos and town. Staff very kind at the Hotel. Coffee shop staff was a little less so.

    Guys that drive around the campsites; please slow down. I can forgive the occasional fellow camper losing traction and kicking up little dust clouds, but you guys know better.

    24/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    79. Kimberly W.
    If it weren't for is proximity to the lake this place would be out of business.  The staff is sloppy with their "POLICIES".   I stayed there two times with my two dogs doing the complete check in two times without note of dog policies.  We stayed there two times not realizing a no dog policy.  So under this assumption ! I made a Family reservation for four spots on phone no mention of a no dog policy.  I soon realize upon receipt of confirmation that they had a no dog policy.   I immediately called to cancel reservation ( which was five months prior to camp date). They stated they had a strict policy about cancel fees, although they are sloppy about policies stated in transaction.   Will be disputing this charge... Poor staff that really capitalizes on location only, as camp ground mediocre and bathrooms filthy.

    31/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    80. Matt F.
    Just sucked all around. I paid for a boat buoy and that included a boat taxi to my boat ( which was on the outer edge of their marina) but had to swim in twice because of foul weather and them jut not paying attention. All around wasn't pleased at all.

    07/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    81. Steve J.
    The resort staff and forest rangers ran a bear out of camp, at 3am, with a air horn. Really!?! Woke up hundreds of people while they did this for hours. Ruined my next day. Will never stay there again.

    07/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    82. LeeAnne B.
    My family has been coming to Camp Richardson since 1942. We have always had the Marmon and white cabins. I love the fact that it has not changed much and the family history is rich. It is fun to hear family members talk about when the Pope Estate was still occupied. Over the last few years it has gone down hill with the prices increasing. The staff appears to be predominantly teenagers, which has supplied us with your typical teen at their summer job. Nothing great and nothing too terrible. It used to be on the quieter side which was nice. Now, espiecially on the weekends it is so loud, difficult to find parking, and it is harder to find a place on the beach near the cabins.
    We now rent houses off of vrbo for a couple of reasons. The houses are quieter, we can bring our dogs, and we have better options for comfort. It is sad that we aren't going back only because of the family history we have there.

    29/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    83. Jeff D.
    Love love love love this place... My in-laws have been coming here for years to the campground side. They have there usual spots they reserve every year! Love it at night when it bears come walking into camp. Like to watch at a distance, showing respect for the wildlife. So much to do, walk to the beach at the lake, take off on a bike ride, walk down to the fish ladder, or go for a hike on the trails right behind camp to so many different  destinations. Nothing like going down to the beacon for a rum runner! Or swinging by the ice cream shop for a scoop. If you enjoy camping and everything that comes with it, stop on in!!!

    02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    84. TRACY R.
    Winter Review for Snow Shoeing at Camp Richardson:

    So I've never been to Tahoe in March.  Didn't realize that it still snowed in Tahoe in March.  The weather was beautiful and sunny, but lacked snow for snow shoeing purposes.  I say that, because parts of the trail were dirt and rock, NOT snow.  Not sure why we were charged $22 for half day adult snow shoeing when the website said $15.  I don't know why we were charged more for less snow!

    The trail was easy to follow and had really good markers to make sure you stayed on path.  The guys advertised the longer trail to be 3 miles.  Not sure it was.  I mean it took us an hour to finish the whole thing.  That's with stopping for a photo session and breaks in between.  By no means were we racing or trying to finish quickly.  Maybe it was because of the lack of snow on the trail??  IDK!  Not sure it was worth $22 a person!

    Costumer service was good.  The guys that helped us were friendly enough and made sure we had the number to call if we got off trail and were lost.

    04/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    85. Janice G.
    Ok..I have read the reviews and felt the need to put in my two cents.

    My family has been coming to Camp Rich for over 40 yrs. It has had it's ups and downs over the years. Personally, I don't think the place has ever looked better. Yes, it is crowded. The traffic is horrible so prepare yourself. The July 4Th weekend is particularly a nightmare. I am convinced it is the irresistible ice cream store that sells single cones the size of soft balls is the reason for the traffic jam. If you're an ice cream fan this is the place for you. Then there's the bike rental place, the coffee store, the grocery store/ breakfast/ sandwich place, the hotel, the beach, the campground, the. Tallac trail head etc etc etc. No wonder it's crowded.

    If you are renting paddle boards etc, keep in mind the restricted access to the lake for paddling is because of safety concerns. The lake is unpredictable and can be extremely dangerous. It can change from calm to a boiling mess in an hour. Choose different locations to rent equipment. You can head down to Baldwin and rent a board or even rent something in Emerald Bay.

    The Beacon is their restaurant on the water. You can sit inside or outside on their huge deck. They have recently separated themselves from The Fresh Ketch in The Keys (thank goodness) and have a new menu and a new attitude. The ahi sandwich is to die for and the fish tacos are enough for two.  Did I mention the employees at the restaurant love their job? The view is spectacular and the people watching is fun. Have a Rum Runner. Yum.

    Summer help complaints? Seriously? These are kids working a temporary summer job, and not their career choice. To expect them to give 5 star service is ridiculous and you are surely setting yourself up for disappointment. This is a campground after all.

    Overpriced? A bit. Crowded? Yep. Everything a family could want in one location? Uh huh.  Fun? You betcha.

    30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    86. Allen M.
    I like visiting this place. During the summer it is waaay to packed. During the winter its hard to get a table sometimes. The food is very interesting tho. Trust me, get the nachos. Very different. Very good.

    18/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    87. Laura G.
    We had a great spot for tent camping, number 61 I believe. It was all the way in the back.  The campground was fairly empty, there were some people around us but not too close and it wasn't noisy at all. Kayaking was amazing. It's convenient to rent a kayak right there and we paddled all the way to Emerald bay in a double kayak. It was a bit tough, l would not have made it in a single. Teamwork is key! The staff were super helpful,  Especially Mike. Just don't forget the sunscreen and protect your head! We ended up so burnt, even with sunscreen.

    02/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    88. Eric U.
    This review is for the Rum Runner cruise. We had a family of six go and we were blown away. The sights were amazing! Everyone (ages 3-50+) were all entertained. The boat was very nice - we loved the seats up front, what a view!

    The crew was great, very friendly with lots of local knowledge. Plus the rum runners were a nice bonus, very tasty for adults! We had such an amazing time I cannot recommend enough! $5 off coupons help :)

    09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    89. Tucker D.
    My family has been staying in the Camp Richardson cabins for years.   I like that it doesn't change and it is well kept.  Staff on grounds are very nice.
     
    I guess now that I am beyond my teenage years (and out of my 20s) I have no tolerance for this place anymore.  Crowds crowds crowds.   Lots of noise.   It's a zoo. And this year the mice were particularly bad.

    28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    90. Diane D.
    camped here since 1990 with generally no issues but in the summer of 2013 we had the worst time ever.  We will never go back.  The original showers not updated, loud groups that would not settle down even after calling.  they took away a water faucet for the campers in our area.  We had to go so far just to get water for the dishes. they allowed way to many people for each site.  Looking else from now on.

    28/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    91. Michael W.
    The campground of this resort is totally overpriced and way-too noisy. We spent the July 4 weekend there. What a mistake!

    Many camp sites are so close to the public road that you can hear constant car passing by before falling into sleep. Most of the drive way to the camp sites are unpaved that, every time a vehicle is driven by, a cloud of dust arises. Good luck if you are having a BBQ nearby.

    What annoys me most is that they do NOT enforce quiet hours. Though they say the quite hours starts at 10pm, I only saw a patrol vehicle drove around somewhere between 10-10:30. Then, if your neighbor is having a party, no one will stop them. On July 5, the site next to mine played party games with cheers and laughs till about 12:30am. Then they chatted till about 2am. Amazingly, they were not the only loud party. Unable to sleep in my tent, I can hear another loud party somewhere in the distance until after 12.

    I have camped in many states and parks. The campground here is at least twice the price but less than half the service.

    07/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    92. Samira M.
    We go camping every year and this is our first year here. Aside from the beautiful beach, I don't think I would return to this camp site. The ants here are the size of my pinky finger. They're huge!!!! And our camp site was right along ca-89 it was super loud throughout the day. I'm not a fan given that we've been so accustomed to the more secluded camp site. Quiet and peaceful throughout the day.....this camp site isn't like that at all. Cars are roaming pass us 24/7. The town has super nice residents and our kids enjoyed the beach very much.

    15/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    93. Peter L.
    This review is for the Marina. We rented 2 beach chairs for 4 hours. 90 minutes later, some teenage kid came by and said that he was taking the chairs back because it was going to rain. We asked if we get a refund or a credit and he said "no refunds." Mind you IT WAS NOT RAINING and it did not rain for several more hours as we ate at the Beacon Cafe. And mind you THESE WERE BEACH CHAIRS. I told him  that we'd be challenging the charge with our credit card company. He replied "it's not like you paid a lot." I responded "it's also not like it's raining."

    We would give them zero stars if we could. We did not receive the service that we paid for, and the employee was rude.

    We will not be back.

    30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    94. Brian H.
    This camp is nicely nestled in behind the trees on the beach.  The beach and water is a tad crowded but there is a ton to do.  We opted for the booze cruise which, imo, wasn't even close to worth the money.  We paid $49/person and got a 2 hour ride around the lake where we couldn't even stop.  We paid $8 for a "rum runner" that was flavorless.  That being said, you can get stand up paddles, paddle boats, rent a boat of your own (which is what we did after our "booze cruise" docked), and have a good amount of fun over all.  One thing I will warn you about is the traffic.  It sucks.  If you are doing ANYTHING that has a scheduled time to commence, give yourself about 20 minutes extra to get there, get parked, and walk to the beach.  Good luck.

    24/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    95. Anna R.
    We camped at Fallen Leaf campground just a few blocks up from Camp Richardson. We fell in love with Camp Richardson!
    We rented Sea Dos and had a blast, the price was reasonable. If you pay for parking, $8 the rental place will apply the $8 toward the cost of the rental price. The staff at the rental place was friendly and helpful, the Sea Dos were in great shape and we had the best time ever out on the lake.
    We lunched at the Beacon and tried the Rum Runner cocktail and am now hooked on the drink. You can buy the mix in the little general store.
    The bathrooms next to the rental place has showers, hot showers for Free!! It was nice to clean up after playing in the lake water.
    We walked across the street and had gigantic ice cream cones after and rented bikes, tandem bikes for our family. Again, the price was reasonable, the staff friendly and we had an epic bike ride along the bike path.
    The resort was a little crowded but not as crowded or pricey as the resorts closer to state line. We felt secluded and away from the hustle and bustle. This place is a rare gem and not to be missed.

    03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Alexandra C.
    My family and I are going on our 16th year at Camp Richardson Resort campgrounds.
    It is our "happiest place on earth." Our home away from home in the Summer.

    Camping is what you make of it, camping is spending time with family, being silly, finding adventures, soaking up the summer sun at the beach ( which is a  short, safe walk from the campground)... yes, camping can get dirty, you are sleeping in a tent on dirt surrounded by trees after all, if you can't manage to get  a little dirt on yourself or deal with a few bugs around your food and bed then camping may not be for you! And that's okay! Camp Richardson also has cabins.

    The new showers and restrooms that were recently installed in the campsites are AMAZING ! They are beautiful and clean. The old ones are still great and "rustic."

    I have been to over 23 countries, and Lake Tahoe is still at the top of top 3 list of most beautiful places I have ever been, up there with Fiji. The whole experience is surreal and breathtaking every year, Tahoe is truly our summer home.

    Some of my favorite things about staying at Camp Richardson campgrounds:

    I know the whole camp like the palm of my hand.
    Biking everywhere.
    Walking distance to clean showers, restrooms,
    Walking distance to the popular ice cream parlor, SMORES,  convenience shop and cafe, ( must have coffee ), camp richardson beach and pope beach, biking trails, hiking trails, paved biking trails, horseback riding, kayaking, jet skis, BOATING, fourth of july, short 2 minute drive to starbucks, safeway, 7 eleven ( for firewood or snacks)  , delivery pizza--round table, tahoe pizza company, 5 minute drive to stateline where fun shops and open flea markets await, as well as the casinos , gambling, arcades.

    30 minute drive to Virginia City, ( R.I.P Ponderosa) , zip lining, river rafting, Carson City  ( old Nevada--so fun to explore on half day trips)

    ...PRICELESS FAMILY MEMORIES ARE MADE !!!

    LOVE SOUTH LAKE TAHOE & CAMP RICHARDSON
    Your family will have fun too.

    08/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    97. David H.
    Had a horrible experience. I coordinated a family reunion at Camp Richardson and on of the rooms in the beachside inn had an unbearable sewer smell and two other rooms had a slight sewer smell. So instead of smelling the mountain pine air we smelled bleach, room deodorizer and the sewer.

    Camp Richardson has been defensive, self serving and rather offensive to the family who had the worse conditions.

    27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    98. Yonnie Z.
    On our most recent trip to Lake Tahoe, we stopped by Camp Richardson area -- and hung out by the dock. It was recommended by one of the locals that there may be nice hiking paths by the water since it was snowing heavily that day. We drove to this large parking lot, and walked out on the beach to the lakeside. There was a long dock that extended out into the lake, and lots of trees surrounding us. Gorgeous views and nice tranquil place to hang out. Since it was rather cold from the snow, we only stayed about 20-30 minutes to take some photos and then returned to our cabin. haha :) Nonetheless, it was a nice side-trip to see the waterfront in rather dreary weather.

    04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    99. Rebecca T.
    Camp Richardson is Amazing!

    We had our wedding here in April and it was absolutely beautiful. We stayed in the historic hotel the first few nights before moving over to Studebaker Cabin. We had our ceremony under the tall pine trees outside of the Studebaker Cabin.

    The staff that helped us were wonderful through the whole process. We dealt mostly with Vanessa and Gina as they work with groups.
    Our reception was in The Great Room of the historic hotel, which was the perfect size for our 65 guests with the patio to spread out to. We had Camp Richardson cater our event as well since we found that to be the easiest option.
    Everything the whole weekend went so smoothly. I couldn't have dreamed it up any better with the friendly staff to the perfect weather and nice cabins. We had a great time and will be returning next year to celebrate our anniversary.

    Most of our guests also plan to make return trips to Camp Richardson. They really enjoyed the tranquilness of the property and closeness to hiking, boating, and skiing.

    Looking forward to making many more great memories here!

    01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    100. Malalini S.
    Recently returned from camping (tents) and I love Camp Richardson Resort.

    The office staff is friendly, and the maintenance guys are on top everything.  

    Bear boxes, picnic table, and fire pit all included with site.  Learned this year that the wood on the ground in the surrounding forest is not to be used for fire. That each site is responsible for buying/briningin in their own firewood.  

    For warm showers, don't forget to cash out some tokens at the resort hotel lobby.  (4 tokens per $1 - one token is worth 7 mins of shower time)

    Must check out the Resort's lake and must have an ice cream from the parlor.. you only need a single scoop!  Mmmmmm

    I LOVE CAMP RICHARDSON RESORT & MARINA!!  and boy do I miss being there......

    01/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    101. Deanna L.
    I come here almost every year for my families annual camping trip.  We enjoy how close everything is.  We always stay on the Eagles Nest side for tent camping. (Which is NOT lakeside).  We choose to stay here due to the mosquito's that come out at night.  The lake is about a 10 minute walk.

    They have a very nice ice cream shop that always seems to have a line out to the street.

    They have a quaint market for your last minute things you may need, but forgot.

    They are very close to the lake and have their own Marina and a few docks.

    They are about .5 miles away from the Taylor Creek Visitors Center which offers a lot of guided tours that will teach you and your children all about the wildlife and habitats around Lake Tahoe.

    The hotel staff (where you check in for tent camping) always is very pleasant.

    The sites themselves are standard.  They have picnic tables, bear lockers and a fire pit.  They have plumbing in their restrooms (which means flushing toilets).  Which they do keep very clean and well stocked.  If you want to use the shower you must buy tokens.  It is 2 tokens for $1.00.  Each token will give you 7 minutes.  Whatever tokens you do not use can be returned.  The tokens must be purchased from the hotel staff.

    They have a coffee shop, which is reasonably priced.  I normally look forward to every morning getting up and going to the coffee shop and buying 2 large coffee's for me and my s/o and a hot chocolate for my son.  I have done this every year and it had become part of my tradition, before my boys woke up to go pick this up for them.  It would cost about $12/day.  When I went this year for 4 days it totaled $48 spent on coffee.  I must say though that because of one of the staffs extreme rudeness on the last morning we were there I think next year I will be buying a camping coffee pot and making it myself.  

    Overall I really love this place, been coming here almost every year for the last 11 years.  Look forward to coming back next year, however I don't think I will be visiting the coffee shop again.

    A note to the cleaning crew of Eagle's Nest:  Please do not drive so fast through the campsites.  You kick up way to much dust and it is very unappreciated.

    05/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    102. Katherine F.
    All of below, but 2014 Oktoberfest became so crowded after about 12:30 it was nearly impossible to get around.

    I get there is no admission, so it has *caught on* but I am not sure I love it enough to come back, or perhaps I will come and go very early in the future.  

    It definitely did not work for our mobility challenged family member. There was absolutely NO handicapped parking starting  before noon.

    Like many events, some crowd size control would make it allot better, but the lack of handicapped parking is a deal breaker..

    06/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    103. Armeda M.
    I just  have to say this is the best place to camp . Spend a afternoon . Also if you want to work at a place where the staff and people treat you like family . This is the place . The managers Mai and and Charlie are there to greet you . And they are so kind and make the hotel such a wonderful family affair . I don't think anything beats going to the general store and getting a burger and than grabbing a ice cream at the parlor . They have cozy cabins and wonderful packages . I would say this is the best resort in all of Tahoe . I will always give it 5 stars and camp Richardson will always have a special soft spot in my heart ! Thanks Camp Rich !!!

    05/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0