The South Lake Tahoe Forest Service office offers virtual services M-F, 8-4:30pm, excluding holidays. Call 530-543-2600, leave a message or email us at and we will respond at our earliest convenience.

Graphic: Enhanced Fire Restrictions, Wood and Charcoal Fires Prohibited.


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Popular Recreation Activities

Winter sports. Hiking Camping OHV Riding Fishing Beaches and Dunes.

We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest! Follow the links above or click on the photos below for more info.

Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Fire Restriction sign. National Forest Gate 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. Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe Social Media Graphic. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map.


Forest Service recommends responsible recreation

Jan. 2021 - 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.


Liberty Utilities to Continue Wildfire Mitigation

Power pole and lines in a remote forested area.

June 2, 2021 - Liberty Utilities will continue wildfire mitigation work in the Fallen Leaf Lake, Glen Alpine, Lily Lake and Bridge Tract areas. As part of the Wildfire Mitigation Plan, crews will convert bare overhead conductors to insulated covered conductors, replace utility poles to accommodate the increased weight of the new powerlines. Work will be accomplished with ground crews, vehicles, helicopters from June to October. Please follow temporary signs and use caution while recreating near these project areas. This infrastructure hardening protects against sparking and reduces the potential of wildfires in these remote areas. Learn more at

Falcons nesting at Castle Rock

Sign alerting hikers to avoid nesting area for Peregrine Falcons.

May 20, 2021 - Peregrine falcons are once again nesting at the top of Castle Rock on Kingsbury Grade. Falcons are sensitive to disturbance anywhere near the nest and signs were placed in the area last week to alert hikers and climbers to avoid the area. Signs will be removed when the nesting period is over. View the caution sign at and read more about the Castle Rock falcons at  

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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

Reading Forest Now on Video!

Graphic: Tree rings with inspirational forest health message.

Reading Forest is now available on video courtesy of the CA Tahoe Conservancy! The inspirational artwork is on display at Taylor Creek Visitor Center through Nov 2021. 


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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