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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. 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.

Lake Tahoe Basin Streams and Rivers Running Cold and Swift

April 20, 2018 - Lake Tahoe residents and visitors should keep in mind it's too early for swimming, tubing, rafting, paddling and kayaking as warm temperatures, combined with melting snow create cold, high and swift water conditions in our local streams and rivers. Snow melt water is extremely cold (approximately 30-40 degrees) and exposure for even a few minutes can lead to hypothermia and life threatening situations. Also, keep your leashed pets away from streams and rivers as it is too cold for them as well. Use good judgement when recreating near water, always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket and go with a buddy. For more information on staying safe while recreating on your National Forest, visit and share this information with your family and friends.


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 Campgrounds and Roads Opening Soon

Fallen Leaf Campground Sign.

The LTBMU will soon begin the process of opening National Forest recreational facilities in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Weather and snow conditions permitting, Inspiration Point will be the first site to open on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Baldwin and Nevada beaches open Saturday, April 28 and 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. Tahoe Valley and Zephyr Cove Resort campgrounds are open year-round along with Camp Richardson and Zephyr Cove resorts and beaches. Follow the link above for a complete list of opening dates.

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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