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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.


Delayed opening for Middlefork, Barker Pass Roads 

June 15, 2018 - The Blackwood Canyon lower gate to the campground is open, but the upper gates to Middlefork and Barker Pass will not be open until July. This affects access to the Tahoe Rim Trailhead at the top of Barker Pass. Updates will be posted here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as they become available. For a complete list of opening/closing dates, visit

Stream Profile Chamber at Taylor Creek Closed For Repairs

June 4, 2018 - The Stream Profile Chamber at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center is temporarily closed for repairs, but not to worry. There are many other activities and opportunities to take part in at the visitor center, such as a hike along the Rainbow Trail that runs alongside beautiful Taylor Creek or the Lake of the Sky Trail that leads to stunning Lake Tahoe! Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates on the chamber.


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


Tahoe Yellow Cress Conservation

Tahoe Yellow Cress Up Close Flowers

From crystal blue waters to snow-capped peaks, Lake Tahoe is a special place. Part of what makes it special are the unique plants and animals that call the lake home. Tahoe Yellow Cress (Rorippa subumbellata) is one of these organisms. Follow the link above to learn more about Tahoe Yellow Cress.

June is lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month

2018 Wildfire Awareness Poster

June is Wildfire Awareness Month in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Fire is a natural process in the Sierra Nevada and it's not a matter of "if" the next fire will occur, it's a matter of "when". Across the U.S. fire season has become a year-round event. Tahoe Basin residents should Prepare Now! Wildfire Knows No Season. Wildfire preparedness includes things like clearing defensible space around your home and talking with your neighbors about it, preparing an evacuation plan for your family members and your pets, signing up for Reverse 911 with your county. Learn more about how to prepare for the next wildfire and keep your family safe by visiting Remember, Prepare Now! Wildfire Knows No Season.   

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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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A map of our nations national forests and grasslands.

Interactive Visitor Map: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit


About Us in California

About The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit