Opening/closing dates for campgrounds, beaches, and forest roads

Below you will find projected opening dates for campgrounds, day-use areas, beaches, general recreation areas, interpretive sites, picnic sites and resorts in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campgrounds and day-use areas typically open in mid-May and close in mid-October.

Please note:  Dates are subject to change. Trailheads remain open year-round, but gate/road 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.  

 

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. 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.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center facilities (grounds are open year-round) are generally open daily beginning Memorial Day weekend through the month of October.  Hours may vary.  Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center only during hours of operation. The Stream Profile Chamber closes 30 minutes before the Visitor Center. For more information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/VisitorCenter, or call the Forest Supervisor's office at (530) 543-2694.

Tallac Historic Site

The Tallac Historic Site facilities (grounds are open year-round) are generally open Memorial Day weekend through mid-September. For more information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TallacSite, or call the Forest Supervisor's office at (530) 543-2694.

 

Facility   Date
     
64 Acres Beach   Open year-round
     
Angora Road/Lookout   May 25 through Nov. 15
     
Angora Resort   Mid-June through mid-Sep.
     
Baldwin Beach   April 30 through Oct. 16
     
Bayview Campground   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Bayview Trailhead   Open year-round 
     
Big Meadow Trailhead   April 30 through Nov. 15
     
Blackwood Canyon Campground   June 1 through Nov. 15
     
Camp Richardson Resort   Resort open year-round
    RV park - May 27 through Nov. 1
    Eagle's Nest - Closed for construction
    Badger's Den - June 10 through Oct. 3
     
Chimney Beach   May 1 through Nov. 15
     
Eagle Falls   Open year-round, parking area opens April 30
     
Echo Chalet   Mid-June through Labor Day
     
Echo Lakes Trailhead   Open year-round
     
Explore Tahoe   Open year-round
     
Fallen Leaf Campground   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Glen Alpine Trailhead   Open year-round
     
Kaspian  Beach   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Kaspian Campground   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Kiva Picnic Area   April 30 through Nov. 15 
     
Inspiration Point   Early spring through late fall
     
Logan Shoals Vista   Open year-round
     
Luther Pass Campground   May 25 through Nov. 15
     
Meeks Bay Beach   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Meeks Bay Campground   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Meeks Bay Resort   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Meeks Trailhead   Open year-round
     
Nevada Beach   April 30 through Oct. 16
     
Nevada Beach Campground   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Pope Beach   May 27 through Oct. 16
     
Round Hill Resort   Mid May through Oct. 1
     
Sand Pit OHV area   May 10 through Nov. 15
     
Sawmill Pond Picnic Area   May 15 through Nov. 20
     
Secret Harbor   May 1 through Nov. 15
     
Stateline Lookout   Open year-round (walking access)
     
Tallac Historic Site   The gate opens April 30, 2016, and will be staffed beginning Saturday, May 28, 2016 for Memorial Day weekend. (Grounds open year-round)
     
Tallac Trailhead   Open year-round
     
Taylor Creek Visitor Center   The parking area and restrooms open May 14, 2016. The facility will be staffed beginning May 28 through Oct. 30, 2016. (Grounds open year-round)
     
Watson Lake   June 1 through Nov. 15
     
William Kent Beach   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
William Kent Campground   May 13 through Oct. 16
     
Zephyr Cove Resort   Open year-round

 

 

Forest Roads and Gates

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

 

Road Road Name Open/Close Dates
     
03 Barker Pass Rd.
(mile post 0.000 to 2.300)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
03 Barker Pass Rd.
(mile post 2.300 to 7.140)

Jun. 15 - Nov. 5
 

     
73 Mt. Watson Blvd.
(mile post 0.000 to 11.000)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
73 Mt. Watson Blvd.
(mile post 11.000 to 14.200)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
1110 Hawley Grade
(west side of Bridge Tract)
May 15 - Nov. 15
     
1111 Bridge Tract
(east side)
May 15 - Nov. 15
     
1201 Fountain Place Rd.
(mile post 0.000 to 2.100)
May 15 - Nov. 15
     
1201 Fountain Place Rd.
(mile post 2.100 to 4.330)
Jun. 30 - Nov. 15
(wildlife nesting area)
     
12N01A Saxon Creek Rd. May 25 - Nov. 15
     
12N01D Hell Hole Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
1207 Rainbow Tract May 15 - Nov. 15
     
12N08 Powerline Rd. (from substation to Columbine) May 25 - Nov. 15
     
1213 Old Luther Hwy.
(upper and lower)
May 25 - Nov. 15
     
1214 Angora Ridge Rd. May 25 - Nov. 15
     
12N17 Saxon Tie Rd. May 25 - Nov. 15
     
12N21 High Meadows
(end of Columbine)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
12N28 Sand Pit May 8 - Nov. 15 (Trash removal and restrooms unavailable last two weeks)
     
12N30 Sawmill Pond May 10 - Nov. 20
     
12N30A Twin Peaks May 15 - Nov. 20
     
12N30B Twin Peaks May 15 - Nov. 20
     
1304 Cathedral
(mile post 0.180 to 2.754)
May 15 - Nov. 15
     
1304D Cathedral
(mile post 0.000 to 0.171)
May 15 - Nov. 15
     
1306 Mt. Tallac Trailhead May 15 - Nov. 15
     
1307 Spring Creek May 10 - Nov. 20
     
1330 Emerald Bay
(upper)
May 10 - Nov. 15
     
14N32 Genoa Peak Road
(from Spooner Summit)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
14N34A Noonchester Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
14N35 Genoa Peak Road
(from Kingsbury Grade)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
14N40 Ellis Peak Rd.
(off McKinney, Rubicon)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
15N38 Blackwood Middlefork

Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
 

     
15N60 Paige Meadows
(Ward Blvd. & Silver Tip)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
1565 Secret Harbor Parking Lot May 10 - Nov. 15
     
16N49 Watson Creek Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
16N50 Watson Lake Rd. Jun. 1 - Oct. 31
     
16N52 Gasline Rd.
(Hwy. 267 & Lake Vista Rd.)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N55 Martis Slope Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
16N56 Martis Tie Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
16N63 Carnelian Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
16N71 Mt. Watson Access Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
16N74 Sawmill Flat
(intersection 73 & Fulton Cresent)
Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     
16N86 Beaver St. May 25 - Nov. 15
     
16N93 Regency Extension Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
     

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.