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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2014 Recreation Fee Program Accomplishment Highlights

Members of Generation Green help clear a hazard tree.

Recreation fee dollars are an investment in outdoor recreation.  The fees support and enhance public safety, recreation site maintenance and improvements, educational experiences, exhibits, youth programs and partnerships and interpretive programs.  Follow the link above to read more.

Fire restrictions in effect in the Lake Tahoe Basin

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Fire restrictions went into effect on July 1, 2015. Campfires and charcoal barbecues are restricted to designated recreation sites, and other fire-related activities are prohibited until the end of fire season. “Illegal and unattended campfires cause over 90 percent of wildfires in the Lake Tahoe Basin,” said fire management officer, Kit Bailey.  “Increased fire danger due to the ongoing drought combined with warmer and dryer weather is a big concern for the basin.  Fire restrictions help reduce the possibility of human caused fires.” Learn more about fire restrictions in the basin and surrounding areas and affected recreation sites at

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Drones can be Deadly for Wildland Firefighters

Air tanker drops retardant on wildfire.

Unauthorized drones can hinder firefighting operations by preventing tankers and helicopters from dropping retardant and water. Follow the link above to read more.

Camping Safety and Tips

The U.S. Forest Service has camp sites available for all recreationists.

Whether you're roughing it in a tent at a campground or in the back country, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe. Visit the link above to learn more.


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. Visit the link above to read more.

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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