Campgrounds, Beaches and Forest Road Opening Dates

Emergency Fire Restrictions Extended

Oct. 16, 2020 - Emergency Fire Restrictions have been extended across all National Forest lands in California, including the CA/NV sides of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Smoking and all recreational fires, including campfires, bonfires, warming fires, wood fires, charcoal fires, or any other kind of outdoor fires, involving solid fuels are prohibited. View the Forest Order at https://go.usa.gov/x7xBh.

Emergency Camping Restrictions Extended

Oct. 2, 2020 - Emergency camping restrictions have been extended through November. Camping or overnighting is prohibited in all wilderness and backcountry areas including Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, Blackwood Canyon, Luther Pass and Watson Lake campgrounds. Hosted campgrounds reopened today, but keep in mind no campfires or charcoal are permitted. View the Forest Order at https://go.usa.gov/xGsFf

Forest Service issues closure order for Taylor Creek

October 1, 2020 - Due to continued public health safety concerns related to COVID-19, trail improvement work, the risk of bear-human encounters and in order to discourage large groups from gathering, the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has issued a Forest Order that temporarily closes Taylor Creek and the surrounding area from Oct. 3 through Nov. 2, 2020. Read more and view the closure map at https://go.usa.gov/xGATc.


Developed Campgrounds

Developed campgrounds offer a range of amenities for the tent or RV camper. All developed campgrounds at Lake Tahoe charge a fee and there are many around the Basin to choose from. Reservations must be made through www.recreation.gov. The open season for campgrounds is dependent on snowfall, but they are generally open from mid-May to mid-October.  For more information on developed campgrounds as well as wilderness camping and campfire permits, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/Campgrounds.

Facility Open/Close Date
64 Acres Beach Open
No Restrooms/Trash Service
64 Acres Riverside  Open
Angora Lookout Open
Angora Lakes Resort Open 
No campfires or charcoal. Gas appliances permitted with CA Campfire Permit.
Day use is open, but parking is extremely limited
Baldwin Beach Closed
Bayview Campground Closed
Bayview Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
No parking/restrooms/trash service
Big Meadow Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
No parking/restrooms/trash service
 
Blackwood Canyon Campground Closed
Blackwood Sno-Park Closed
Camp Richardson Resort Open
Chimney Beach Open
Portable Toilets/Hand Wash
Eagle Falls Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
Echo Chalet Open 
Limited Services
Echo Lakes Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping, overnighting
Explore Tahoe Closed
Fallen Leaf Campground Closed
Glen Alpine Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
Glen Alpine Springs Interpretive Site Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
Kaspian Picnic Area Closed
Kaspian Campground Closed
Kiva Picnic Area Open
No campfires or charcoal. Gas appliances permitted with CA Campfire Permit.
Inspiration Point Open
Logan Shoals Vista Point Partially Open
No Restrooms/Trash Service
Luther Pass Campground Closed
McKinney Rubicon Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
Meeks Bay Day Use Area Closed
Meeks Bay Campground Closed
Meeks Bay Resort Closed
Meeks Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
Nevada Beach Closed
Nevada Beach Campground Closed
Pope Beach Closed
Round Hill Pines Resort Open
Sand Pit OHV area Open
Sawmill Pond Picnic Area Open
No campfires or charcoal. Gas appliances permitted with CA Campfire Permit.
Secret Harbor Open
Portable Toilets/Hand Wash
Stateline Lookout Partially Open
No Restrooms/Trash Service
Tallac Historic Site Closed
Tallac Trailhead Open
No Restrooms/Trash Service
Tallac Point (Kiva Beach) Open to the right; closed to the left
No campfires or charcoal. Gas appliances permitted with CA Campfire Permit.
Taylor Creek Sno-Park Closed
Taylor Creek Visitor Center Closed
Watson Lake Closed
William Kent Day Use Area Closed
William Kent Campground Closed
Zephyr Cove Resort Open
No campfires or charcoal. Gas appliances permitted with CA Campfire Permit.

Forest Roads and Gates

Pursuant to 36 CFR 212.51, opening and closing dates are determined by the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the Lake Tahoe Basin. To learn more about the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) or to download a copy, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TravelManagement. Free copies of the MVUM are available at the Forest Supervisor's office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.  

The schedule for forest road and gate openings/closures is below.

Road Road Name Open/Close Dates
03 Barker Pass Rd. (mile post 0.000 to 2.300) Open
03 Barker Pass Rd. (mile post 2.300 to 7.140) Open
73 Mt. Watson Blvd. (16N71 alternative access is open) (mile post 0.000 to 11.000) Open
73 Mt. Watson Blvd. (16N71 alternative access is open) (mile post 11.000 to 14.200) Open
1110 Hawley Grade (west side of Bridge Tract) Open
1111 Bridge Tract (east side) Open
1201 Fountain Place Rd. (mile post 0.000 to 2.100) Open
1201 Fountain Place Rd. (mile post 2.100 to 4.330) Open
12N01A Saxon Creek Rd. Open
12N01D Hell Hole Rd. Open
1207 Rainbow Tract Open
12N08 Powerline Rd. (from substation to Columbine) Open
1213 Old Luther Hwy. Open
1213 Old Luther Hwy. (Big Meadow Parking) Open
1214 Angora Ridge Rd. Open
12N17 Saxon Tie Rd. Open
12N21 High Meadows (end of Columbine) Open
12N28 Sand Pit Open
12N30 Sawmill Pond Open
12N30A Twin Peaks Open
12N30B Twin Peaks Open
1304 Cathedral (mile post 0.180 to 2.754) Open
1304D Cathedral (mile post 0.000 to 0.171) Open
1306 Mt. Tallac Trailhead Open
1307 Spring Creek Open
1330 Emerald Bay (upper) Open
14N32 Genoa Peak Road (from Spooner Summit) Open
14N34A Noonchester Rd. Open
14N35 Genoa Peak Road (from Kingsbury Grade Open
14N40 Ellis Peak Rd. (off McKinney, Rubicon) Open
15N38 Blackwood Middlefork Open
15N60 Paige Meadows (Ward Blvd. & Silver Tip) Open
1565 Secret Harbor Parking Lot Open
16N49 Watson Creek Rd. Open
16N50 Watson Lake Rd. Open
16N52 Gasline Rd. (Hwy. 267 & Lake Vista Rd.) Open
16N55 Martis Slope Open
16N56 Martis Tie Open
16N57 Red Cedar Overlook Open
16N57A Red Cedar Overlook A spur Open
16N57B Red Cedar Overlook B spur Open
16N63 Carnelian Rd. Open
16N71 Mt. Watson Access Open
16N74 Sawmill Flat (intersection 73 & Fulton Cresent) Open
16N86 Beaver St. (mile marker 0.000 to 0.100) Open
16N86 Beaver St. Extension (mile marker 0.100 to 1.610) Open
16N87 Old Grist Mill Road Open
16N93 Regency Extension Open

Designation of a road, trail or area for motor vehicle use by a particular class of vehicle under 36 CFR 212.51 should not be interpreted as encouraging or inviting use or implying that the road, trail, or area is passable, actively maintained, or safe for travel. Motor vehicle designations include parking along designated routes when it is safe to do so and when not causing damage to National Forest System resources. Seasonal weather conditions and natural events may render designated roads and trails impassable for extended periods. Designated areas may contain dangerous or impassable terrain. Many designated roads and trails may be passable only by high-clearance vehicles or four-wheel-drive vehicles. Maintenance of designated roads and trails will depend on available resources, and many may receive little maintenance.





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