Campgrounds, Beaches and Forest Road Opening Dates

Emergency Fire Restrictions Extended

Oct. 23, 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/x7Yh5.

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 Close/Open Date
64 Acres Beach Closed for Season
64 Acres Riverside  Closed for Season
Angora Lookout Closed for Season
Angora Lakes Resort Closed for Season
Baldwin Beach Closed for Season
Bayview Campground Closed for Season
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 Nov 1 - May 1
Eagle Falls Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
Echo Chalet Closed for Season
Echo Lakes Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping, overnighting
Explore Tahoe Closed for Season
Fallen Leaf Campground Closed for Season
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 for Season
Kaspian Campground Closed for Season
Kiva Picnic Area Nov 15 - May 15
No campfires or charcoal. Gas appliances permitted with CA Campfire Permit.
Inspiration Point Closed for Season
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 for Season
Nevada Beach Campground Closed for Season
Pope Beach Closed for Season
Round Hill Pines Resort Closed for Season
Sand Pit OHV area Nov 15 - May 10
Sawmill Pond Picnic Area Nov 15 - May 1
No campfires or charcoal. Gas appliances permitted with CA Campfire Permit.
Secret Harbor Nov 1 - May 1
Stateline Lookout Closed
Tallac Historic Site Closed for Season
Tallac Trailhead Open for Day-Use Only
No camping/overnighting
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 for Public Safety
Taylor Creek Visitor Center Closed for Public Safety
Watson Lake Closed for Season
William Kent Day Use Area Closed for Season
William Kent Campground Closed for Season
Zephyr Cove Resort Open Year-Round
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 Close/Open Dates
03 Barker Pass Rd. (mile post 0.000 to 2.300) Nov 15 - June 15
03 Barker Pass Rd. (mile post 2.300 to 7.140) Nov 15 - June 15
73 Mt. Watson Blvd. (16N71 alternative access is open) (mile post 0.000 to 11.000) Nov 15 - June 10
73 Mt. Watson Blvd. (16N71 alternative access is open) (mile post 11.000 to 14.200) Nov 15 - June 10
1110 Hawley Grade (west side of Bridge Tract) Nov 15 - May 15
1111 Bridge Tract (east side) Nov 15 - May 15
1201 Fountain Place Rd. (mile post 0.000 to 2.100) Nov 15 - May 25
1201 Fountain Place Rd. (mile post 2.100 to 4.330) Nov 15 - May 25
12N01A Saxon Creek Rd. Nov 15 - May 25
12N01D Hell Hole Rd. Nov 15 - June 1
1207 Rainbow Tract Nov 15 - May 15
12N08 Powerline Rd. (from substation to Columbine) Nov 15 - May 25
1213 Old Luther Hwy. Nov 15 - May 25
1213 Old Luther Hwy. (Big Meadow Parking) Nov 15 - May 25
1214 Angora Ridge Rd. Nov 1 - May 25
12N17 Saxon Tie Rd. Nov 15 - May 25
12N21 High Meadows (end of Columbine) Nov 15 - May 25
12N28 Sand Pit Nov 15 - May 10
12N30 Sawmill Pond Nov 20 - May 1
12N30A Twin Peaks Nov 20 - May 15
12N30B Twin Peaks Nov 20 - May 15
1304 Cathedral (mile post 0.180 to 2.754) Nov 15 - May 15
1304D Cathedral (mile post 0.000 to 0.171) Nov 15 - May 15
1306 Mt. Tallac Trailhead Nov 15 - May 25
1307 Spring Creek Nov 20 - May 10
1330 Emerald Bay (upper) Nov 15 - May 10
14N32 Genoa Peak Road (from Spooner Summit) Nov 15 - June 1
14N34A Noonchester Rd. Nov 15 - June 1
14N35 Genoa Peak Road (from Kingsbury Grade) Nov 15 - June 1
14N40 Ellis Peak Rd. (off McKinney, Rubicon) Nov 15 - June 1
15N38 Blackwood Middlefork Nov 15 - June 1
15N60 Paige Meadows (Ward Blvd. & Silver Tip) Nov 15 - June 1
1565 Secret Harbor Parking Lot Nov 1 - May 1
16N49 Watson Creek Rd. Nov 15 - June 1
16N50 Watson Lake Rd. Nov 15 - June 1
16N52 Gasline Rd. (Hwy. 267 & Lake Vista Rd.) Nov 15 - June 1
16N55 Martis Slope Nov 15 - June 1
16N56 Martis Tie Nov 15 - June 1
16N57 Red Cedar Overlook Nov 15 - June 1
16N57A Red Cedar Overlook A spur Nov 15 - June 1
16N57B Red Cedar Overlook B spur Nov 15 - June 1
16N63 Carnelian Rd. Nov 15 - June 1
16N71 Mt. Watson Access Nov 15 - June 10
16N74 Sawmill Flat (intersection 73 & Fulton Cresent) Nov 15 - June 1
16N86 Beaver St. (mile marker 0.000 to 0.100) Nov 15 - May 25
16N86 Beaver St. Extension (mile marker 0.100 to 1.610) Nov 15 - May 25
16N87 Old Grist Mill Road Nov 15 - May 25
16N93 Regency Extension Nov 15 - June 1

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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