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 and offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities.

Plan Your Visit

Ski With A Ranger every Friday at 1 p.m. through March 29, 2024, conditions and weather permitting. Photo by USDA Forest Service Mountain Resorts Manager, Cecilia Reed.

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.


  • Winter Safety

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    Most people are aware of winter's hazards. But it's easy to forget how wind, cold, snow, or whiteout can turn an outing into a tragedy.

  • Prescribed Fire

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    Prescribed fires are a vital forest management tool used by land managers to help protect communities and improve forest health.

  • Winter Recreation

    Skier navigates a steep slope above Emerald Bay.

    Winter recreational activities at Lake Tahoe include include skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, sledding and more!

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