Follow the photo links below to learn more.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Social Media Graphic. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. 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.

Memorial Day Observance

The Forest Service Supervisor's Office on College Drive in South Lake Tahoe will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29.

Forest Service Begins Opening National Forest Roads

May 17, 2018 - Forest Service crews continue the process of opening National Forest roads in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Sandpit OHV area opened last Thursday, May 10 and other National Forest Roads began opening on Tuesday, May 15. For a complete list of opening dates, visit


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 Campgrounds and Roads Open or Opening Soon

Fallen Leaf Campground Sign.

Inspiration Point, Baldwin Beach and Nevada Beach and Campground are open. Fallen Leaf, Meeks Bay, William Kent and Kaspian camprounds open Friday, May 11. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center opens Friday, May 25. The Tallac Historic Site parking area opens Tuesday, May 15, and the buildings will be staffed beginning Saturday, May 26. Please keep in mind that National Forest grounds and trailheads remain open year-round, but during the winter season parking lots and restrooms close, trash service ceases and access can be difficult due to snow. Follow the link above to read the news release.

Forest Service Seeks Input on Incline Management Plan

The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is seeking comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed management of 1,083 acres of National Forest System lands off the Mt. Rose Highway (SR 431) above Incline Village, Nevada. Comments will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of the legal notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on Friday, April 27, 2018. Follow the link above to read 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.

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

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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