Recreation

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With breathtaking mountain peaks, lush meadows filled with wildflowers, historic mining towns, destination vacation spots at Goodyears Bar, Downieville, Sierra City, Truckee, Yuba River, the Lakes Basin Area and the Jackson Meadows Region, the Tahoe National Forest is one of the most popular recreation forests in the US.

In winter, there are outstanding winter sports opportunities including world renowned downhill ski areas and extensive snowmobile and cross-country ski trails to experience. In the summer, an extensive array of hiking trails (including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail) , OHV, equestrian and mountain biking trails provide access to many lakes, rivers, and mountain tops. Developed recreation sites including campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas, nature trails and even a fire lookout or two that can be rented for overnight occupancy.  The Tahoe National Forest is a year-round playground. So come for a visit, relax and rejuvenate with our mountain air!

The recreation information is primarily organized  by travel corridor.  The main travel corridors are:  Interstate 80, Highway 49, Highway 20, Highway 89 (North and South), Foresthill Divide Road, Mosquito Ridge Road, Bowman Road, Marysville Road, and Gold Lakes Road.  Activities such as camping and hiking will also have related links to boating, biking, trailheads, parking, and OHV riding in the same corridor.

Accessible Recreation Facilities - For more information on accessible recreation facilities on the Tahoe National Forest follow this link. This guide lists facilities and recreation opportunities by Ranger District with features that are accessible for people with disabilities; (Not all locations/facilities listed are 100% accessible.) Because we are continually adding new accessible sites, please call ahead to the Ranger District for more information. The facilities listed meet federal accessibility standards (32-inch minimum width for doorways, adequate room for turning etc).   More...

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aspen Group Camp Closed to Visitor Expected to open late May 2016. This campground is now operated by the Nevada Irrigation District, call (530) 265-5302 to make reservations.
Aspen Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter. Expected to open late May 2016.
Bear Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Re-open in spring.
Big Bend Group Campground Closed to Visitor Lots of snow still 4/8/16
Big Reservoir Campground Closed to Visitor
Bowman Road Closed to Visitor See Motor Vehicle Use Map for additional information.
Burlington Motorcycle Trail System Open to Visitor See Motor Vehicle Use Map for additional information.
Calpine Fire Lookout Open to Visitor Popular rental with reservations booked approximately 6 months in advance.
Canyon Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Carr Lake Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E website - www.pge.com/recreation
Castle Valley Road Closed to Visitor Gate closed
Cold Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Cottonwood Creek Campground Open to Visitor
East Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations begin May 20 2016. Under new concession with Nevada Irrigation District starting this summer.
Findley Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations begin May 20 2016. Under new concession with Nevada Irrigation District starting this summer.
Fir Top Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations begin May 20 2016. Under new concession with Nevada Irrigation District starting this summer.
Foresthill OHV Area Open to Visitor Expected opening date April 1, 2016. Call for current conditions
Giant Gap Campground Open to Visitor Opening April 22nd
Grouse Falls Overlook Trail Open to Visitor
Grouse Ridge Campground Closed to Visitor
Hallelujah Trail Open to Visitor
Hampshire Rocks Campground Closed to Visitor
Indian Springs Campground Closed to Visitor
Italian Bar Trail Closed to Visitor Trail maintenance has not been done.
Jackson Point Boat In Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations begin May 20 2016. Under new concession with Nevada Irrigation District starting this summer.
Lake of the Woods Closed to Visitor Expected to open in late May or early June.
Lindsey Lake Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E website - www.pge.com/recreation
Little Lasier Meadow Horse Camp Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Little Truckee Summit OHV/Snowmobile Staging Area Open to Visitor
Loch Leven Trail Open to Visitor
Lower Little Truckee Campground Open to Visitor
Manzanita Day Use, Swim Area Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Meadow Knolls Group Camp Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Meadow Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Meadow Lake Shoreline Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Parker Flat Staging Area Open to Visitor Expected to open April 1, 2016. Call for current conditions.
Pass Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations begin May 20 2016. Under new concession with Nevada Irrigation District starting this summer.
Pioneer Trail Open to Visitor Portions of the trail are covered in snow.
Ralston Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Rucker Lake Campground Closed to Visitor PG&E website at http://recreation.pge.com/Campgrounds-and-RV-Parks/All/Rucker-Lake-Dispersed-Camping/Overview
Silver Tip Group Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations begin in May. Under new concession with Nevada Irrigation District starting this summer.Call (530) 265-5302 for reservations.
Skillman Horse Campground Closed to Visitor
Sugar Pine Boat Ramp Open to Visitor
Sugar Pine Staging Area Open to Visitor Expected opening date April 1, 2016. Call for current conditions.
Upper Little Truckee Campground Open to Visitor
White Cloud Campground Closed to Visitor
Woodcamp Campground Closed to Visitor Reservations begin May 27, 2016. Under new concession with Nevada Irrigation District starting this summer.
Woodcamp Picnic Site Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter.
Yuba Pass Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the winter. Reservations start May 26, 2016.
Yuba Pass Snowpark Open to Visitor Vehicles parked in the Sno-park lot must display a Sno-Park Pass. Purchase a day pass for $5.00 or a season pass for $25.00. Call 916-324-4442 for more information or go online at ohv.parks.ca.gov to buy a pass off of the website. As of 1/11/16 there is approximately 3' of snow accumulation.