Spring RV Camping (April/May) around Tahoe

Camping in the Tahoe area via RV is absolutely possible in the ‘Early Season’ (April/May), you just have to know where to look!

The biggest challenge is simply finding campsites that are open, as many don’t ‘officially’ open until Memorial Day Weekend (last weekend in May).
Also, to make things even more interesting…the official opening dates can vary widely depending how deep the snowpack is from the previous winter. So basically, you have to know where to look.

Depending on your objective (sightseeing, skiing, hiking, fishing or biking), there’s still lots of options in the area. We’ve got a post in the works that’s skiing specific … keep an eye out.

From a ‘getting away from it all’ camping perspective, check for availability at local campgrounds on Recreation.gov , make sure you select RV sites on the left hand side, it will quickly narrow down locations for you. The earlier in the season it is, the more likely it is that you’ll need to look for options at lower elevations.

An option only a couple minutes north of Truckee is Upper & Lower Little Truckee River campgrounds.


Its convenient location makes it a great base camp for a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, hiking and biking.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the banks of the Little Truckee River, at an elevation of 6,100 feet. A forest of lodgepole pine, aspen and juniper trees covers the area, offering partial shade. A few sites overlook the river.


Fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the Little Truckee River is a popular activity enjoyed by visitors to the area. The surrounding area offers hiking and biking trails.


The campground offers single-family campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

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