Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. 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. American Black Bear Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe A lone coyote sits on Grinding Stone Rock.

High Water Safety Tips

Kayakers, rafters, and paddlers, need to exercise caution when navigating Lake Tahoe Basin rivers and streams. Snow melt is at a high point and basin rivers and streams are cold, swift, and high. Snow melt water is extremely cold and exposure for even for a few minutes can cause hypothermia, which can lead to life threatening situations. Always use life jackets that meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements when kayaking, rafting, and paddling, regardless of swimming ability and always go with a buddy, never alone. Learn more about water safety in your National Forest at



Popular Recreation Activities

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

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

Recent News


June is Wildlife Awareness Month

Save the Date flyer for the Angora Commemoration

June is Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month. Please remember that campfires at Lake Tahoe are only allowed in developed campgrounds, never on the beach or in the general forest! Over 90% of wildfires in the Lake Tahoe Basin are caused by illegal campfires, please don't risk our community's safety!! Visit to learn more. Below is a Wildfire Awareness Month Schedule of Events and a 'Save the Date' for the Angora Commoration.

Some Forest Service Roads Remain Closed

Some higher elevations Forest Service roads in the Lake Tahoe Basin reamin closed due to snow and wet conditions. Forest Service crews are working to evaluate and open roads as soon as possible. Follow the link above to find out more.

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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.

Summer Recreation in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Snowman sits near the shore of Lake Tahoe.

Summer activities at Lake Tahoe include camping, hiking, beach and water sports, mountain biking, fishing, and much more! Follow the link above for more information.


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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