The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is located in the east central part of California.
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[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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Forest Service asks public to stay safe on the July 4

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The Fourth of July holiday weekend is the busiest time in the Lake Tahoe Basin.  Keep the following information in mind to help everyone enjoy a safe and fun holiday.  Wildfire prevention is everyone’s responsibility.  Possession of fireworks of any kind, including firecrackers and sparklers, is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin.  Campfires or portable charcoal grills are not permitted on National Forest beaches or in the general forest.  For those planning to barbecue on the beach, bring portable gas grills instead of charcoal. For complete information, visit

Fire restrictions to go into effect in the Lake Tahoe Basin

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Fire restrictions will go into effect on July 1, 2015. Campfires and charcoal barbecues will be 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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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

A food storage locker sits in a campground next to a picnic table.

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.


Tahoe Recreation Sites Open Early

Visitors take in the view while standing on the bridge above Taylor Creek.

Some Tahoe recreation sites are already open and others will open early for the 2015 season. Until sites officially open, be sure to pack out all trash. Follow 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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