The South Lake Tahoe Forest Service Supervisor’s Office offers virtual services Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm, excluding federal holidays. Call 530-543-2600 during busness 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 at

Snowman on the beach with Lake Tahoe in the background. A snowmobiler crosses a bridge in heavy snow. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Fire Prevention Trucks.


Prescribed fire operations to continue at Lake Tahoe

Jan. 19, 2022 - The Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team will conduct prescribed fire operations this week, if conditions and weather are favorable. Read more at

Forest Service acquires 487 acres at Lake Tahoe

Jan. 13, 2022The LTBMU is pleased to announce the acquisition of a sizable parcel of undeveloped land in the southeast portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin known as the Cold Creek purchase. Read more and view photos 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! 

Forest Service recommends responsible recreation

Jan. 2022 - Visitors to National Forest Lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin should practice responsible recreation at all times, including the following:

  • Practice Social Distancing. Provide space of at least six feet at all times during your visit.
  • Do Not Gather in Groups. Follow the latest guidance from officials.
  • Share the Trail. Alert other trail users of your presence and step aside to let them pass.
  • Pack Out Your Trash. Leave with everything you bring in and use.

Recent News


Sierra Avalanche Center

Sierra Avalanche Center Logo

Dec. 2021 - Sierra Avalanche Center is a great resource for backcountry enthusiasts during the winter season. If you're heading into the backcountry, be sure to check the daily avalanche forecast first by following the link above and view avalanche safety tips at Always Know Before You Go!

Winter Recreation

X-Country skiers enjoy a beautiful sunny day at Royal Gorge Ski Resort. Photo Credit: David Madison.

Dec. 2021 - The Olympic Games in 1960 brought international attention to the Lake Tahoe area as a winter recreation destination. Today, outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, sledding and much more! Follow the link above for more.

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Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

Black Bear with words Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

Lake Tahoe is Bear County. Store food/garbage in bear resistant containers. Keep your distance and never feed any wild animal. More at

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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.


Meeks Bay Restoration Project

Meeks Bay photo with Meeks Bay Restoration Project superimposed on photo.

Concerns over the marina condition, water quality, aquatic invasive species and degraded habitat for native species prompted the need for action in Meeks Bay. Follow the link above for more.

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

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Lake Tahoe BMU Maps

Buy it where you burn it!

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