Forest Service seeks comments on Tallac Historic Site Project

Release Date: Mar 7, 2014  

Contact(s): Public Affairs, Lisa Herron (530) 543-2815

[Image]: United States Forest Service Shield.South Lake Tahoe, Calif., –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is asking for input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the Historic Facilities Best Management Practices (BMPs) Retrofit project.  The proposed project would improve water quality and enhance sustainable recreation opportunities at the Tallac Historic Site on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.  

The Forest Service proposes to implement a variety of water quality BMPs at the site including infiltration basins, drip line trenches for structures, slope stabilization along the shoreline, and construction of a fence between the Kiva Point beach area and the Taylor Creek Marsh.  

At Kiva Point, informational signs would be installed, the pathway from the parking area to the beach would be upgraded to meet accessibility standards, and some user-created trails would be removed.  A six-unit restroom would be built at the Kiva Point parking area.  

The proposed project would improve site circulation by reconfiguring the three entrances along Highway 89 N (Valhalla, Tallac, and Taylor Creek) into two entrances connected by an internal road, which would allow visitors to enter the site and access all areas without returning to the highway.  Parking areas at the Tallac and Valhalla sites would be expanded and the existing unimproved parking area near the Valhalla entrance would be paved to offset the proposed reduction in parking associated with Caltrans work along Highway 89.  The volunteer RV campground at the Baldwin site would be reconfigured to include 15 additional campsites.

Project work could begin as early as May 2015, and depending on funding could take 10 years to complete.

Written or electronic comments will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of the legal notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on March 7, 2014.

The EA is available for viewing at  

For more information on the project and how to comment, visit the link above or contact Ashley Sommer at 530-543-2615, or email