Camp Richardson: Old Tahoe charm with heart-pumping, smile-making lakeside fun

Ahhhh! Summer spent by the lake. Cool breezes. Fresh air. The toasty warmth of a campfire. The freedom to do everything and nothing all at the same time.

Since the 1920s, Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina on the south shore of Lake Tahoe has been the hub for families to summer by the lake. Live music, theater, cultural events, dining and endless outdoor activities make for an affordable and memorable Lake Tahoe getaway. They’ve kept the old Tahoe charm and personal service that is their fame with added activities and events for some heart-pumping, smile-making fun!

A full-service marina operates with boat, Jet Ski, kayak, paddleboats, and stand-up paddleboard rentals; boat mooring; a gas station; fishing and sailing. Visitors can catch the water taxi that departs throughout the day to Round Hill Pines Resort (their sister resort), plus Lakeside and Timber Cove marinas, or travel to Emerald Bay aboard a 35-foot yacht on the Rum Runner Cruise. Too much activity? Feel free to just relax on the resort’s long stretch of beach with a roped swimming area, arguably the best on the lake.

Camp Richardson’s popular lakefront restaurant, The Beacon Bar & Grill, serves lunch and dinner every day. Summer months welcome deck dining as well as indoor dining. The Beacon’s famous rum runners are $8 on Wild Wednesdays. Live music is featured on the summer dining deck from 1 – 5 p.m., 7 days a week.

Spectacular sunsets? Free of charge.

For supplies, you can visit the General Store, which is open daily year round and offers breakfast, deli sandwiches, souvenir gifts, clothing, books, maps, camping supplies, snacks, basic groceries, beer, wine and ice. And they have everything you need to make s’mores – summer’s quintessential treat. It also has an ATM and Wi-Fi for guests’ convenience.

Camp Richardson’s Coffee & Confectionary Shop, located in the resort’s historic post office building, features gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, desserts, pastries and coffee-related accessories and gifts. The coffee shop also offers locally made toffee and chocolate treats.

Step back to yesteryear at the resort’s Ice Cream Parlor, next to the Coffee Shop. Generous scoops satisfy those sweet tooth cravings for kids of all ages. And the year-round Mountain Sports Center is your resource for biking and hiking with rentals, trail maps, advice on routes and other sporting needs.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, California’s rich and famous built their elaborate summer estates in the secluded woods along the beaches of the Tallac Historic Site, next door to Camp Richardson. The Valhalla Boat House Theater and Grand Hall are a part of the Tallac Historic Site and throughout the summer both venues offer cultural events, live music and theater. For event details visit

Once you arrive at Camp Richardson, park the car, step into your vacation and enjoy.


Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina
1900 Jameson Beach Rd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150