Follow the slideshow links for information on camping reservations, Desolation Wilderness permits, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Tallac Historic Site, winter recreation and much more!

Fallen Leaf Campground sign. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Ranger Lindsay leads fifth-grade students through the snowy forest during Winter Trek. A snowmobiler crosses a bridge in heavy snow. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. Social Media Graphic. Rainbow Trail at Taylor Creek Visitor Center. The Honeymoon Cabin at Tallac Historic Site sits alongside the south shore of Lake Tahoe. The Stream Profile Chamber at the visitor center provides a view of the stream environment through aquarium-like windows. The 2016 Tallac Hotshots Crew. Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe Coyote sitting on boulder in the forest. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map.


Winter Conditions Persist at Lake Tahoe

Heading to Tahoe this weekend? Please keep in mind that although temperatures are warming up, a great deal of snow remains around the lake and in the backcountry. Winter conditions persist this time of year with many trailheads and access roads still closed due to snow. In addition, remember that while many Forest Service sites such as vista points, beaches and trails may become accessible with warming temperatures, restrooms are still closed and there is no trash removal. Please take your trash with you and help keep your National Forest lands beautiful and litter-free!

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2018 Conservation Education Accomplishment Report

The LTBMU is pleased to share the Conservation Education and Interpretive Services Accomplishment Report for fiscal year 2018. The LTBMU Conservation Education Program works with partners and volunteers to deliver programs to youth, local communities and create future land stewards. Program focus areas include Fuels Reduction and Forest Health, Watershed Restoration and Habitat Improvement; Water Quality Improvement; and Recreation and Human Responsibility. Follow the link below to view the report.  

2018 Conservation Education and Interpretive Services Accomplishment Report  (PDF 5,415 KB

Sierra Avalanche Center

Hikers, backpackers and other forest visitors should always check weather and conditions before heading into the backcountry. Great information and daily avalanche forecasts are available on the Sierra Avalanche Center website at

Prescribed Fire Updates

Prescribed fire operations are a key component of active forest management and are carried out whenever weather, staffing and conditions allow in order to reduce excess vegetation that can feed unwanted wildfires. During active operations, prescribed fire notifications are sent out and a map with project locations and details is posted at Sign up for email notifications by sending an email to  


Popular Recreation Activities

Winter sports. Hiking Camping OHV Riding Fishing Beaches and Dunes.

We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!


Western pearlshell mussels in the Tahoe Basin

Western pearlshell mussel exterior shell.

The western pearlshell (Margaritifera falcata) is a freshwater mussel that is native to the Tahoe basin. The species ranges from Alaska south to central California and east to Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. Western pearlshell mussels inhabit cold creeks and rivers with clean water, where you can find them wedged between cobbles, partially burrowed in sand, underneath mats of aquatic vegetation, or beneath undercut banks. They have an average lifespan of 60 to 70 years, some living more than one hundred years, making them one of the longest-lived animal species on Earth. If you find western pearlshell mussels, please do not handle or disturb individuals due to their sensitivity and rarity in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Follow the link above to read more about this amazing native species. 

Tahoe Yellow Cress Conservation

Tahoe Yellow Cress Up Close Flowers

From crystal blue waters to snow-capped peaks, Lake Tahoe is a special place. Part of what makes it special are the unique plants and animals that call the lake home. Tahoe Yellow Cress (Rorippa subumbellata) is one of these organisms. Follow the link above to learn more about Tahoe Yellow Cress.

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Safety Tips for Hikers and Backpackers

Campers are seen on the far side of mirror-like Grouse Lake.

Whether you are going out for a day hike or an extended backpacking trip follow the safety tips found at the link above to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Safety Tips for Visitors to Lake Tahoe

Graphic of bear with message, This guy has reservations with your trash.

When visiting the Lake Tahoe Basin, knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. 


Know Before You Go

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National Forests provide a variety of fun and exciting activities, but visitors must avoid hazardous situations. For information on staying safe in the forest, visit the link above.

Lake Tahoe West

West Shore View of Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe West is an interagency collaborative effort to restore resilience to the west shore's forests, watersheds, and communities. Follow the link above for more.

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