Forest Service extends closure of most developed recreation sites in California through May 15

Contact(s): Public Affairs, Lisa Herron 530-721-3898

[Image]: United States Forest Service Shield.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., May 1, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, announced that most developed recreation sites will remain closed through May 15.

The order does not close trails, trailheads, and general forest areas; these areas remain accessible for public use. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are available from local National Forests.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has extended the closure of the following developed recreation sites in the Tahoe Basin until May 15, 2020. View the closure order and maps at

  • Pope-Baldwin National Recreation Bike Path
  • Pope Beach
  • Camp Richardson Resort
  • Camp Richardson Corral
  • Fallen Leaf Campground/Beach
  • Tallac Historic Site/Beach
  • Kiva Picnic Area/Beach
  • Kiva Beach/Tallac Point
  • Taylor Creek Visitor Center
  • Baldwin Beach
  • Bayview Campground/parking area
  • Inspiration Point
  • Eagle Falls parking area
  • Meeks Bay Campground/Beach
  • Meeks Bay Resort
  • Kaspian Campground/Beach
  • William Kent Campground/Beach
  • 64 Acres Riverside/Beach
  • Stateline Lookout
  • Chimney Beach
  • Secret Harbor
  • Newhall
  • Logan Shoals
  • Zephyr Cove Campground and Resort
  • Round Hill Pines Beach Resort
  • Nevada Beach Campground/Beach
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Sawmill Pond
  • Angora Resort/parking area
  • Meyers Interagency Visitor Center
  • Echo Chalet

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial to mental and physical health but must be practiced safely. In light of the statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the Governor of California, we continue to ask visitors to recreate locally. 

If you do plan on visiting the National Forest please be aware that:

  • No trash removal is currently offered – please pack out all trash and waste
  • All toilet facilities are currently closed – please plan accordingly
  • Avoid high-risk activities – law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location

Closing any site for any reason is not an action we take lightly, but protecting our visitors and employees remains our highest priority. We are working with our state and local partners to determine the best path forward to safely reopen closed sites.

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our national forests safe and healthy for everyone’s use.


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