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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Revised Land Management Plan Available

The revised Land Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is available and a notice has been published in the Federal Register. Visit to read more.

Fall 2015 Fire Hire

The fall 2015 fire hire vacancy announcements open Wednesday, August 12, 2015, and will be open for 30-days. The closing date is Friday, September 11, 2015, at 8:59 PST. Visit our employment webpage at to learn more.

Recent News


Fire restrictions in effect in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Campfire graphic

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

Drones can be Deadly for Wildland Firefighters

Air tanker drops retardant on wildfire.

Recently, unauthorized drones disrupted wildfire operations in southern California twice in one week. Because of these drones, Airtanker operations were suspended on both the Sterling Fire and Lake Fire on the San Bernardino National Forest. Follow the link above to read more.

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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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