Follow these guidelines as a starting point for staying healthy and safe outside during winter.

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Recreate responsibly MLK Weekend

Jan. 14, 2021 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and California State Parks invite Californians to do their part to ensure safe and healthy outdoor experiences during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and amidst the ongoing pandemic. Simple actions such as staying local, planning ahead, and following social distancing guidelines, can increase the outdoor experience for everyone. Read the news release at https://go.usa.gov/xAycV

Widespread prescribed fire operations scheduled

Jan. 11, 2021 - Conditions and weather permitting, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will conduct widespread prescribed fire operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and detailed information is available for viewing at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications by sending a request to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us. Read the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xAUHP

Forest Service awards permits to manage Lake Tahoe Campgrounds

Jan. 7, 2021 - The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is pleased to announce that two permits to manage National Forest campgrounds and day use areas around the Lake Tahoe Basin have been awarded to Recreation Resource Management-California Land Management (RRM-CLM), dba “Tahoe Recreation.” Read the news release at https://go.usa.gov/xARVe.

Forest Service recommends responsible recreation

March 2020 - Visitors to National Forest Lands in the 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.

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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!

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Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe offering virtual services

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March 2020 - The Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe offers virtual services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. If you have a question or need assistance, please call 530-543-2600 and leave a message or email us at pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us and we will respond at our earliest convenience.


Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

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Autumn has arrived in the Sierra Nevada- leaves are turning and there is a noticeable chill in the air. The fall season also means bears are actively searching for food before winter arrives and it’s more important than ever to practice proper food and garbage storage to Keep Tahoe Bears Wild. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xGzU9.


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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. 

 




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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

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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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