The South Lake Tahoe Forest Service office offers virtual services Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Call 530-543-2600, leave a message (Hours: M-F, 8-4:30 p.m.) with your phone number or email us at, and we will respond at our earliest convenience.


Caldor Fire Emergency Closure Order

Sep. 21, 2021 - For public safety, an emergency closure order is in effect for the Caldor Fire area. The closure order will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2021. View the closure order and map at

Backcountry Closure Order (Updated)

Sep. 21, 2021 - For public safety, a temporary closure order is in effect for the following backcountry areas: Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, Barker Pass, Blackwood Canyon and McKinney/Rubicon due to the Caldor Fire. The closure order will remain in effect through Oct. 20, 2021. View the closure order and map at

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Popular Recreation Activities

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

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

Forest Service recommends responsible recreation

Jan. 2021 - Visitors to National Forest Lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin should practice responsible recreation at all times, including the following:

  • Practice Social Distancing. Provide space of at least six feet at all times during your visit.
  • Do Not Gather in Groups. Follow the latest guidance from officials.
  • Share the Trail. Alert other trail users of your presence and step aside to let them pass.
  • Pack Out Your Trash. Leave with everything you bring in and use.

Recent News


Liberty Utilities to Continue Wildfire Mitigation

Power pole and lines in a remote forested area.

June 2, 2021 - Liberty Utilities will continue wildfire mitigation work in the Fallen Leaf Lake, Glen Alpine, Lily Lake and Bridge Tract areas. As part of the Wildfire Mitigation Plan, crews will convert bare overhead conductors to insulated covered conductors, replace utility poles to accommodate the increased weight of the new powerlines. Work will be accomplished with ground crews, vehicles, helicopters from June to October. Please follow temporary signs and use caution while recreating near these project areas. This infrastructure hardening protects against sparking and reduces the potential of wildfires in these remote areas. Learn more at

Falcons nesting at Castle Rock

Sign alerting hikers to avoid nesting area for Peregrine Falcons.

May 20, 2021 - Peregrine falcons are once again nesting at the top of Castle Rock on Kingsbury Grade. Falcons are sensitive to disturbance anywhere near the nest and signs were placed in the area last week to alert hikers and climbers to avoid the area. Signs will be removed when the nesting period is over. View the caution sign at and read more about the Castle Rock falcons at  

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Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

Black Bear with words Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

Lake Tahoe is Bear County. Store food/garbage in bear resistant containers. Keep your distance and never feed any wild animal. More at

Reading Forest Now on Video!

Graphic: Tree rings with inspirational forest health message.

Reading Forest is now available on video courtesy of the CA Tahoe Conservancy! The inspirational artwork is on display at Taylor Creek Visitor Center through Nov 2021. 


Know Before You Go

Forest Images

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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A map of our nations national forests and grasslands.

Interactive Visitor Map: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Focus on finding a national forest map.

Lake Tahoe BMU Maps

Buy it where you burn it!

Protect California’s Forests and Trees By Not Moving Firewood