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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July Fourth holiday in the Lake Tahoe Basin

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The Fourth of July holiday period is the busiest time of year in the Lake Tahoe Basin.  For those visiting during the holiday and attending one of the firework displays over the lake, expect extremely crowded conditions and excess traffic.  Because of the Basin’s high elevation, expect intense sunlight during the day and much lower temperatures at night.  Bring sunscreen, a jacket, and carry a flashlight.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.  If planning to camp overnight at a designated campground, make reservations ahead of time at  Read more at

Work resumes on Upper Truckee River Reach 5, closures will be in effect

Upper Truckee River Restoration Project area closure map.

The Forest Service in collaboration with the California Tahoe Conservancy will resume work on the Upper Truckee River Reach 5 Restoration Project on June 13, 2016. For public safety, the Forest Service has issued a forest closure order closing the project area to pedestrians from June 27 through October 14, 2016. The forest order is posted under the heading Upper Truckee River Reach 5 Restoration Project at

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June is Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month

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June is Wildfire Awareness Month in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Take the pledge to Think First and learn more at

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.


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. 

Be Fire Wise: Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season

A Fire Wise protected home with landscaping designed to minimize fuel that would feed a fire.

Very often, the difference between saving your home in a wild fire and losing it to the flames is determined by what you do to prepare your property. Visit the link above to learn more.

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Fire Danger Level: High