Forest Service seeks Zephyr Cove, Meeks Bay and Camp Richardson lease proposals

Zephyr Cove Beach is a popular attraction at Lake Tahoe. U.S. Forest Service photo

Zephyr Cove Beach is a popular attraction at Lake Tahoe. U.S. Forest Service photo

Proposals for operation of Zephyr Cove Resort are being sought by the U.S. Forest Service.

The resort includes government-owned facilities and improvements including Zephyr Cove Lodge and Restaurant; Sunset Beach Bar and Grill; Zephyr Cove Marina; Event Plaza; 28 cabins; Campground and RV Park; Equestrian Stables; workshop and storage facility; and the Zephyr Shoals area north of the current resort.

“Successful applicants will be required to provide high-quality public service in the operation and maintenance of these government-owned facilities,” said LTBMU Public Services Staff Officer, Daniel Cressy. “Our goal in soliciting and evaluating applications is to select applicants whose proposed activities best match the public’s need and our mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of our National Forests to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

Proposals are also being sought for Meeks Bay Resort and Camp Richardson Resort.

Included in Meeks Bay are the general store and visitor center; north and south campgrounds; eight cabins, Lake Front Lodges; the Kehlet Mansion; Meeks Bay House and Studio; Snack Bar; beach rental building; and day-use area.

Camp Richardson includes the Beacon Bar and Grill; Camp Richardson Hotel; 38 cabins; The Beachside Inn; Richardson House; Badger’s Den, Eagle’s Nest, and RV Village campgrounds; General Store; roads and bike paths; and buoy mooring field.

New permits will be issued for 20-year terms and may be extended an additional 10 years depending on the nature of investment and operations in the successful proposals.

Written applications must be submitted by mail and received by the LTBMU no later than 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 2023, for Meeks Bay; March 3, 2023, for Camp Richardson; and March 31, 2023, for Zephyr Cove.

Applications will be evaluated following the deadlines with selections anticipated in spring/summer 2023. Successful applicants would begin operations on Nov. 1, 2023.

Guided site visits for each resort are scheduled for Oct. 5, 2022. Interested parties must RSVP to Alecia Rutledge by Sep. 15, 2022.

For questions related to these offerings or site visits, please contact Alecia Rutledge, at


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