TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST UPDATE

The Tahoe National Forest recreational facilities remain closed.

Tahoe Recreation Report

Seasonal closures apply to many forest recreation sites, including OHV areas, campgrounds, and day use area. Forest roads generally begin closing in mid-November for public safety and resource protection.

Although facilities on national forest lands close for the winter season, access to the forest remain open year-round. During winter month closures, services such as water, restrooms and trash collection are not available. When accessing these areas in the winter, be sure to pack out your garbage and everything you bring in and use, park legally and do not block closed gates.

FIRE DANGER:    Throughout the winter, the Sierraville Ranger District fire staff will be conducting prescribed burning when air and weather conditions are favorable.   You may see smoke and/or small flames in areas that are being treated.   Drive with caution in smoky conditions.

FISHING:  Access to most lakes have now been restricted with road closures due to snow.   Lakes will begin freezing over.    Jackson Meadow Reservoir is limited to over the snow vehicles as the road is now closed to vehicle traffic.  Lake Davis is still fairly accessible to the dam.    Frenchman’s Reservoir has limited access for shore fishing due to the continued hazard tree removal cleanup after the Dixie fire this past summer.   Plan ahead and do not get stranded in the backcountry.

 Be a responsible angler!  Clean, drain and dry all fishing gear to prevent the spread of invasive species such as quagga and zebra mussels, New Zealand mud snails or invasive water plants that have been discovered in the area.  For additional fishing information, pick up a copy of the CA fishing regulations from our office or go to the website at wildlife.ca.gov

ROADS:  Watch out for water, snow and black ice when traveling on state and county roads! A well prepared traveler carries chains, window scraper, shovel, extra gloves, socks, a sleeping bag or blanket as well as water and snacks in case you get stuck in the snow. 

    Gold Lake Road is closed for the winter season. 

    Jackson Meadow (Fiberboard or 07 Road) is closed to vehicle traffic at Perazzo Meadows/07 road intersection, snowmobiles only past this point.

    Hwy 70 has experienced rockslides and debris flows with recent storms.   Check current conditions if travelling westbound toward Oroville as there may be long delays or the road may be closed.

SAFETY: Much of the Tahoe National Forest is remote.  Medical assistance may not be readily available.  Cellular telephones do not work in many areas.  

During the winter months, anyone traveling in the backcountry should be prepared for harsh and dangerous conditions.   When snow is present, avalanche danger can exist at all elevations.  Wind slabs, storm slabs and deep slab avalanches are very likely and could be large to extremely large in size due to weather and snow conditions.   Check the Sierra Avalanche Center by calling (530) 587-3558 or sierraavalanchecenter.org website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: It's Sno-Park Season! Visitors are required to display a parking permit for each vehicle.A day use permit is $5.00 while a season permit costs $25.00.Permits are available online.
Ski resorts are now open again with fresh powder at most locations.Ski within the boundaries to avoid avalanche danger.


We are not currently offering rentals to either the Calpine or Sardine Peak Fire Lookouts at this time.  
We are hoping to resume the rental program next summer.