Camp Shelly at Lake Tahoe
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Size: 25 sites
Fees: $35/night for residents & nonresidents (maximum of 8 people per site)
Dates of operation 2013: daily from June 14 to Sept. 3
Map & Directions
2013 Reservation Schedule (updated weekly)
Reservation schedule 2013:
April 1: Advanced reservations for mobility impaired or special medical needs (documentation needed). Make reservations in-person at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 9 a.m. to Noon.
April 3: Groups wanting to reserve a minimum of of five sites for two or more nights may have a representative call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. An in-person appointment will be scheduled for Saturday, April 6th to complete the reservation. There will be an additional early registration fee of $4 per site, per night.
April 13: Start of 2013 reservations, Robert Livermore Community Center, 9 a.m. - Noon. In person reservations ONLY. No phone reservations will be taken on this day.
Beginning April 15th, reservations may be made by phone, mail, or in person.
- Phone: Call (925) 373-5700 between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm Monday - Friday.
- In Person: At t the Robert Livermore Community Center during those same hours.
- Mail: Click the "Form" link below the picture of the Camp Shelly sign (above). Fill out the form and mail it with a check in to the address listed on page 2.
***Reservations for Camp Shelly are not currently available online.***
Things to do at and around Camp Shelly
Make Ice Cream with the Rangers! (Friday Nights)
Go to the nearby
Play ping pong
Explore the nearby meadows
Hike to the top of Mt. Tallac
• Restroom with flush toilets, wash basins and hot showers.
• Community faucets with potable water throughout the campground.
• Recreation - a pingpong table, a volleyball court
and a horseshoe pit.
Campsite amenities/facilities: Each site has a parking slot, a table, a level space for a tent, a food storage locker, and a metal fire pit and grill. In addition to tents, most sites can accommodate tent trailers and campers, while a few sites can accommodate trailers and motorhomes up to 24 feet in length. However, there are no water, sewer or electrical hookups available at Camp Shelly. The food storage locker dimensions are 48" wide x 34.5" deep x 20.5" tall.
Looking for an easy getaway to the beautiful Sierra Nevada high country?
Come join us at Camp Shelly, the Livermore Area Recreation and Park
District's family campground at South Lake Tahoe.
Camp Shelly is nestled in the woods just above Highway 89, between the town of South Lake Tahoe and the scenic wonders of Emerald Bay. The campground is centrally located so that visitors can take advantage of both the natural wonders of the area and the amenities of a major tourist destination.
Whatever high-country pursuits you wish to enjoy, Camp Shelly and the scenic Lake Tahoe area have it all:
- Looking for some high country adventure? You can take
a hike in the breathtaking Desolation Wilderness, raft down the Truckee
River or bike through the forest on paved paths or rugged mountain
trails. Perhaps you'd rather take a guided horseback ride, or go
boating, kayaking or water skiing on the crystal clear waters of
Lake Tahoe. You can also try your luck at fishing in the area's
numerous lakes, creeks and rivers.
- Want a more urban adventure? World-class shopping and excellent restaurants are only minutes away, and the entertainment capital at Stateline can be reached in less than 30 minutes.
- Hoping to unwind? Maybe you'll choose to simply relax
in the great outdoors, enjoy an old-fashioned campfire or head down
to the lake for a day of swimming and relaxing at the beach.
Camp Shelly is a community campground where memories
are made and friendships are forged. If you haven't been to Camp Shelly
before, this is the year you should take advantage of the Park District's
hidden gem in the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Tahoe wilderness.
2013 Camp Shelly Basics Information Pamphlet (pdf)
About the Campground
Camp Shelly is a forested, 25-site campground located a few miles outside of the town of South Lake Tahoe.
Community faucets with potable water are located throughout the campground.
All facilities and equipment are available to our campers on a first-come, first-served basis at no additional charge. Kids love riding their bicycles around the campground loop and exploring the natural features of the campground.
The campground is staffed by Park District rangers who are on duty daily to assist you and to maintain the camp. Special programs may be offered, usually on weekends, including campfire programs, ice cream socials, volleyball games, night hikes and astronomy programs. Stacked firewood and bagged ice are usually available for sale.
Know before you go
Pets - For the safety of pets, people and wildlife
-- pets must be leashed at all times.
Safety - Many visitors have concerns about encountering
wild animals such as bears. Please follow the campground rules and
instructions of the ranger staff to discourage unwelcome visits.
Contact the rangers - If you have questions for the
rangers you can call the ranger office at 925-960-2400 or can reach them
Camp Shelly is operated under a Special Use Permit with the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, Camp Shelly is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
To learn how to support Camp Shelly, visit the LARPD Foundation page
or view Donation Opportunities.