Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Welcome to the Jewel of the Sierra!

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit encompasses over 154,000 acres of National Forest lands around beautiful Lake Tahoe!

Plan Your Visit

Close up of Mt. Tallac by Tahoe National Forest Truckee District Ranger Jonathan Cook-Fisher, USFS.

The South Lake Tahoe Forest Service Supervisor’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8-4:30 p.m. excluding federal holidays. We also offer virtual services by calling 530-543-2600, during business hours. If you reach the recording, we are helping another customer. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also email us.


Dec. 9, 2022 - Prescribed fire operations continue around Lake Tahoe
Conditions and weather permitting, Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team partners will continue conducting prescribed fire operations around Lake Tahoe. California State Parks, Nevada Division of Forestry, North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, and the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will be burning piles in numerous locations. Smoke will be present. For current air quality, visit AirNow. View the project map with locations and details at Tahoe Living With Fire. Read More

Dec. 8, 2022 - Lake Tahoe Christmas tree permits still available
As of Dec. 8, a few Christmas tree permits for Lake Tahoe are still available. Permits cost $10, limit one per family, sold in-person only at the South Lake Tahoe Forest Service office. Please bring cash to speed up purchase process. Read More


  • Tahoe National Forest Sierra Avalanche Center

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    Winter is here! Backcountry enthusiasts should always check conditions and weather before heading out. Be prepared with proper gear, clothing and training. Follow Sierra Avalanche Center on social media and the web for the latest advisories.

  • Three Resort Concession Opportunities

    Cover page for three-resort prospectus featuring Camp Richardson, Meeks Bay and Zephyr Cove photos.

    The Forest Service has released updates for the Three Resort and Campground Concession Opportunities, including Errata and Q&A documents with responses to questions raised during and after the site visits in Oct. 2022.

  • Winter Recreation in the Lake Tahoe Basin

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    The Olympic Games in 1960 brought international attention to Lake Tahoe as a winter recreation destination. Today, outdoor winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, and much more!