Forest Service campgrounds, roads in Tahoe Basin to begin closing for the season

Release Date: Oct 13, 2017  

Contact(s): Public Affairs, Lisa Herron (530) 543-2815

[Image]: Forest Service Shield.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will soon begin closing recreational facilities and forest roads around the Lake Tahoe Basin for the winter season.  Seasonal closures apply to many Forest Service recreation sites including beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas and forest roads.  Keep in mind that Tahoe Valley and Zephyr Cove Resort campgrounds remain open year-round along with Camp Richardson and Zephyr Cove resorts and beaches. 

Forest roads generally begin closing around mid-November for soil protection and public safety.  For specific closing dates for forest roads, consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map by visiting

Campgrounds on National Forest lands in the Tahoe Basin managed by Tahoe Recreation, a division of California Land Management, will close on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Campgrounds closing include Bayview, Fallen Leaf, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Nevada Beach and William Kent.  Day-use areas and beaches closing include Baldwin, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Nevada Beach, Pope and William Kent.

Some sites remain open after October 15.  For a complete list of sites and closure dates, please visit  

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is open daily through October 30 and the Tallac Historic Site closed for the season at the end of September. 

Although facilities on National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin close for the winter season, the grounds and lake access remain open year-round.  Keep in mind that parking lots and gates close and services, such as water, restrooms and trash collection are not available during the winter season.  When accessing these areas in the winter, be sure to pack out your garbage and park legally and do not block gates. 


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