The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is located in the east central part of California.
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Passes & Permits


Federal Recreation Pass Program

America the Beautiful, the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program includes the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Volunteer Pass.  Participating agencies include the National Park Service (NPS), Forest Service (USFS), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Army Corps of Engineers (COE), and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  Please follow the links provided below to learn more about the Federal Recreation Pass Program or to purchase your pass online.



Campfire Permits

You must have a valid Campfire Permit to use a stove, lantern, charcoal barbecue, or wood campfire outside of a developed campground or recreation area.  The permit is your agreement to follow the campfire restrictions and regulations in effect.  Campfire Permits may be obtained at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor's Office or the Taylor Creek Visitor CenterCampfire Permits are issued free of charge.


Christmas Tree Permits

During the holiday season the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit offers permits for the public to select and cut Christmas trees in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Permits are offered to help reduce hazardous fuel materials that have built up over years of fire suppression. Removal of excessive amounts of small trees helps create a healthier forest over time.  For more information on Christmas tree permits, follow the link provided below:


Fuelwood Cutting Permits

A valid permit is required for cutting and/or removing any wood products from National Forest Lands.  Firewood permits may be obtained from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor's Office and are typically available in early June, weather permitting.  You may call the Forest Supervisor's office at (530) 543-2694 in mid-May to check on the date.  Permits are valid in any of the open designated firewood cutting areas within the Lake Tahoe Basin through October 31, depending on dry soil conditions.  You must be at least 18 years of age and show a valid picture identification.  For more information, visit fee for the purchase of a Firewood Cutting Permit is $20 per cord, 2 cord minimum. 


Sno-Park Permits

The California Department of Parks and Recreation operates Sno-Park sites that provide sanitation facilities with access to snow play areas, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. A Sno-Park permit is required for each vehicle parked at a Sno-Park site from November 1 through May 30 of each year. Day or seasonal permits are sold by permit vendors throughout Northern California.You may purchase your Sno-Park permit at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor's Office located at 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. You may also purchase a Sno-Park permit from permit vendors located throughout Northern California. Please follow the links provided below to visit the California State Parks Sno-Park web page and view documents from the California Sno-Park program which include a printable map with a list of Sno-Park locations, and a list of vendors where you may purchase the permit. The fee for a Day Use permit is $5.00 and is valid for one single day. Season permits are $25.00 and are valid for the entire Sno-Park season.


Special Use Permits

A Special Use Permit provides use of and access to National Forest lands for a wide variety of activities to both commercial and non-commercial operations.  Permits are also issued for private and non-exclusive use.  Examples include National Forest Land cabin ownership, reserving a public site for a wedding party, or holding a bicycle race on public lands. These permits contain specific terms and conditions that the holder must follow. Follow the links provided below for more information on Special Use Permits. There is a proportional fee charged for Special Use Permits.


Weddings in the Lake Tahoe Basin

An outdoor wedding ceremony may be held in certain places on National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin under the operations of specified wedding service providers. These wedding providers operate under a Special Use Permit with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, which authorizes them to conduct wedding ceremonies at specific locations on public land. Visit the Outdoor Weddings in the Lake Tahoe Basin webpage for more information, or call the Forest Supervisor's office at (530) 543-2694, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.


Wilderness Use Permits

One roadless inventoried area and five wilderness areas are located in or near the Lake Tahoe Basin. Permits are required year-round for both day and overnight use in most of the wilderness areas.  The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit manages Meiss Country roadless area and shares management duties of Desolation Wilderness with the Eldorado National Forest, and the Mt. RoseWilderness with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The Granite Chief Wilderness is managed by the Tahoe National Forest.  The rules and regulations vary in each area. Visit the Recreation Passes & Permits webpage for an overview or the links below for specific information and how to obtain a permit to visit these national treasures.