Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. 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. American Black Bear Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe A lone coyote sits on Grinding Stone Rock.

Desolation Wilderness Update

The most recent report and photos from Forest Service wilderness ranger scouting expeditions on July 8 and July 12, 2017, are available on our Facebook page at Keep in mind that a GPS and/or map and compass are still recommended to find the trail along with proper footwear, clothing and gear. Mobile devices may not work in some areas. Develop an emergency plan in case you cannot call for help and always go with a buddy, never alone. Do not walk on frozen or partially frozen lakes and be cautious when crossing cold, fast and swift streams! Learn more about staying safe in your National Forest at Follow us at @LakeTahoeUSFS or @U.S.ForestServiceLakeTahoeBasin for the latest information.

High Water Safety Tips

Kayakers, rafters, and paddlers, need to exercise caution when navigating Lake Tahoe Basin rivers and streams. Due to the melting of our tremendous snow pack, rivers and streams are currently cold, swift, and high. Snow melt water is extremely cold and exposure for even for a few minutes can cause hypothermia, which can lead to life threatening situations. Always use life jackets that meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements when kayaking, rafting, and paddling, regardless of swimming ability and always go with a buddy, never alone. Learn more about water safety in your National Forest 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!

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Celebrating Wildflowers!

Alpine Lily

Interested in learning about wildflowers on your National Forest? View photos and find out about locations for viewing wildflowers in the Lake Tahoe Basin and other areas this summer. For more information, visit and use the drop down menu on the right side of the page under "Wildflower Viewing Areas" to search for "Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit." You may also search for other National Forests or the state for which you are interested.

Summer Recreation in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe

Summer activities at Lake Tahoe include camping, hiking, beach and water sports, mountain biking, fishing, and much more! Follow the link above for more information on summer activities. To view a list of campgrounds, visit Make reservations for Forest Service campgrounds at

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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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