OHV Riding & Camping

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Lake Tahoe Basin Off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation is a popular activity for locals and visitors in the Lake Tahoe Basin. It is a sport that includes 4-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, and all terrain vehicles (ATVs). The following information contains descriptions and maps of the legal routes of travel. OHV use at Lake Tahoe is an activity that the Forest Service manages to ensure conflicts are minimized and that sensitive soils and other resources are protected. Help us keep your public lands open, please ride responsibly by respecting gates and posted closures, avoiding wildlife, being courteous to other users and staying on designated routes.


Motor Vehicle Route Designation

The Forest Service wants to improve its management by balancing the public's enjoyment of using OHVs with ensuring the best possible care of the land. At the national level, the Forest Service has revised its policy governing the use of wheeled motor vehicles to develop a system of roads, trails and areas designated for motor vehicle use.

The maps below work with the Avenza App. Avenza Systems has made mobile GIS technology available on Apple and Android devices for everybody to use. Learn more about Avenza at http://www.avenza.com.


Sand Pit OHV Area

Follow the link listed below to read the rules and regulations for the Sand Pit OHV Area located on the south Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities