The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is located in the east central part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit!

[Graphic]: Depicts the location of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in the state of California.Over 78% of the area around the lake is public land managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service.  Totaling over 150,000 acres, this land includes beaches, hiking and biking trails, wilderness, historic estates and developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and riding stables.  The forest is managed to provide access for the public and to protect the natural resources of the area.  We hope you will join us in ensuring that the lake and surrounding lands Read More

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Recent News


Forest Service announces spring 2016 recreation area opening dates

Taylor Creek Visitor Center Sign

Kiva Picnic area, Baldwin and Nevada beaches, Big Meadow trailhead, the McKinney Rubicon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area and Sawmill Pond, Eagle Falls, Chimney Beach and Secret Harbor parking areas are now open. The Sandpit OHV area opens May 11, 2016. Taylor Creek Visitor Center parking area, grounds and restrooms open May 14, 2016. Tallac Historic Site gate opens April 30, 2016, and will be staffed beginning Saturday, May 28, 2016 for Memorial Day weekend. William Kent, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Bayview, Fallen Leaf and Nevada Beach campgrounds open May 13, 2016. Luther Pass Campground opens May 25, 2016, and Pope Beach opens May 27, 2016. Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds open June 1, 2016. Follow the link above to read more.

Be Fire Wise: Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season

A Fire Wise protected home with landscaping designed to minimize fuel that would feed a fire.

Very often, the difference between saving your home in a wild fire and losing it to the flames is pretty much determined by what you do to prepare your property. The U.S. Forest Service calls it being Fire Wise. Visit the link above to learn more.

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Tips for Hikers and Backpackers

Campers are seen on the far side of mirror-like Grouse Lake.

Whether you are going out for a day hike or an extended backpacking trip follow the safety tips found at the link above to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Safety Tips for Visitors to Lake Tahoe

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When visiting the Lake Tahoe Basin, knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. 


Aerial Survey Program critical to battling tree mortality

The Forest Service’s aerial survey team estimates tree mortality in California.

With tree mortality rising to an estimated record-high 27.6 million trees in California in 2015, the role of the U.S. Forest Service’s aerial survey team is more critical than ever.

Washington DC Live Bald Eagle Nest Cam

In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose a nest site at the US National Arboretum in Washington DC. Follow the link above to view the nest cam, 24 hours a day.

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