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Forest Service cancels Taylor Creek Visitor Center programs

July 30, 2020. -- After much discussion and deliberation, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has made the difficult decision to cancel planned interpretive programs and visitor services at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center through the end of October, including second- and third-grade conservation education field trips. In addition, we have made the decision to cancel the Fall Fish Festival this year, an event that typically draws up to 12,000 visitors over the weekend. Read more at

State Route 89 & Emerald Bay Corridor Plan Unveiled

July 28, 2020. -- Agencies unveiled a plan last week to address congestion and improve the recreation experience along the Emerald Bay corridor on Lake Tahoe’s south shore. Read more at

Campground Concession Prospectus Update

July 23, 2020 - Applications for the Prospectus for Campground and Related Granger-Thye Concessions are due by the close of business on July 31, 2020. Follow the link below to read the Post Site Visit Letter and view the Prospectus webpage at

Forest Service reminds visitors of State-wide campfire restrictions

July 21, 2020. -- In May, National Forests in California enacted state-wide campfire restrictions, until further notice, to protect the health and safety of communities and firefighters. Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a campfire on National Forests in California remain prohibited, except for developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities. Read more at

Fight fire with a plan!

July 1, 2020 - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team is promoting Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month during July. This year’s theme is “Fight fire with a plan” to encourage residents and visitors to prepare their family, property and possessions now before a wildfire starts by creating a plan. Read how you can fight fire with a plan at

Fire Restrictions in Effect for Tahoe Basin 

June 30, 2020 - Fire restrictions are in effect for National Forest lands in the Tahoe Basin as of May 30, 2020. This means wood (campfires) and charcoal fires are only allowed within metal fire rings in developed campgrounds with an onsite host. Wood (campfires) and charcoal fires are not allowed in Desolation Wilderness or Meiss Country; along the Tahoe Rim Trail or Genoa Peak Road; in rock fire rings; on National Forest beaches; or in the general forest. Read more at

Forest Service Recommends Responsible Recreation 

June 30, 2020 - Most National Forest developed campgrounds and beaches have reopened. Visit to view the list under the "Recreation Conditions Report" heading.

Responsible recreation practices should be maintained 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.


Popular Recreation Activities

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We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!

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Tahoe Yellow Cress Conservation

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From crystal blue waters to snow-capped peaks, Lake Tahoe is a special place. Part of what makes it special are the unique plants and animals that call the lake home. Tahoe Yellow Cress (Rorippa subumbellata) is one of these organisms. Follow the link above to learn more about Tahoe Yellow Cress.

Prescribed Fire Updates

Prescribed fire operations are a key component of active forest management and are carried out whenever weather, staffing and conditions allow in order to reduce excess vegetation that can feed unwanted wildfires. During active operations, prescribed fire notifications are sent out and a map with project locations and details is posted at Sign up for email notifications by sending an email to  

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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

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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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