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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. Social Media Graphic. Panoramic view of Lake Tahoe Fallen Leaf Campground sign. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. A snowmobiler crosses a bridge in heavy snow. 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.


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


Forest Service releases draft decision for improvements at Heavenly

Lake Tahoe seen from the Tram at Heavenly Mountain Resort

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in coordination with Heavenly Mountain Resort, issued a draft decision for proposed improvements to existing skiing and snowboarding terrain at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The proposed decision for the Heavenly Mountain Resort 2017 Capital Improvements Project, which incorporates Alternative 2 of the Proposed Action, is subject to an objection period pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B. Objections will be accepted from those who submitted project-specific written comments during the designated comment period. Objections must be submitted within 45 days following the publication of the legal notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on Feb. 7, 2018. Follow the link above to read more.

Prescribed Fire Operations

Firefighters conduct prescribed fire operations above Lake Tahoe.

Members of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal agencies, regularly conduct prescribed fire operations in the Lake Tahoe Basin when weather and conditions allow. A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to Follow the link above and scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on prescribed fire. 

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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

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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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