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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Fall Color in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Aspen stands in Waterhouse Meadow, Hope Valley.

The Lake Tahoe Basin and nearby Hope Valley are great places to experience fall foiliage.  Follow the link above to see photos and suggestions for the best areas to view fall color at Lake Tahoe.

Fall Fish Festival

School of Kokanee salmon in Taylor Creek.

The Fall Fish Festival focuses on a variety of fish species that live in Lake Tahoe and its rivers. In addition to the Kokanee, these species include the federally threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and little-know smaller fish, such as speckled dace. The visitor center is located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Join the fun and participate in this free family event which has become one of the most fascinating educational and wildlife viewing events in Northern California.

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2008-2012 Wildlife Survey Summary Report

The 2008-2012 Wildlife Survey Program, Five-Year Summary Report is now available.  Follow the link above to read or download the report.

Fire restrictions in effect in the Lake Tahoe Basin

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Fire restrictions are in effect. Campfires/charcoal barbecues are restricted to designated recreation sites. Visit link above to read more.


Kids in a Park Program

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Starting in September, fourth-graders can obtain a pass that grants free entry to students and their parents to federally-managed sites. Visit the link above for more information.

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.

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