Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. A snowmobiler crosses a bridge in heavy snow. The Rainbow Trail at the 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


Popular Recreation Activities

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

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


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Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership

West Shore View of Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership is an interagency initiative of the California Tahoe Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California State Parks, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, and National Forest Foundation to restore the resilience of the west shore's forests, watersheds, recreational opportunities, and communities. Follow the link above to learn more.

Winter Recreation in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Snowman sits near the shore of Lake Tahoe.

The Olympic Games at Squaw Valley in 1960 brought international attention to the Lake Tahoe area as a winter recreation destination. Outdoor activities on National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin include skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding and much more! Follow the link above for more information on these activities and for information on California SNO-PARKS here at Lake Tahoe.

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Ski with a Ranger 2017

A group of skiers participates in Ski with a Ranger.

Ski with a Ranger is underway at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Tours are Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Reanna Suela 530-543-2789 or visit the link above.

Winter Trek 2017

Fifth-grade student trek through the snow during Winter Trek.

Winter Trek continues through March 30, 2017, weather permitting.  Field trips are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Visit the link above to learn more.


Sierra Avalanche Center

Logo for the Sierra Avalanche Center

For the latest backcountry avalanche, snow, and weather information for the greater Lake Tahoe area, visit the Sierra Avalanche Center website by following the link above.

Snowmobile Guide Map


To view the LTBMU Snowmobile Guide map that features areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin where snowmobiles are allowed, visit the link above.

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