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Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Fire Restriction sign. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. Social Media Graphic. 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 Management Unit location map.


Round Hill Pines Access Project Public Meeting

Sep. 9, 2019 - The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will host a public meeting on Wed., Sep. 25, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at the Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe regarding a proposal to improve safety for visitors entering and exiting the Round Hill Pines Resort from U.S. Highway 50. Read more at

Visitors Should Take Precautions to Avoid Cold Water Shock 

Sep. 9, 2019 - Cold Water Shock is real and can be life-threatening. Visitors should always exercise caution when swimming and participating in water activities in Lake Tahoe and surrounding water bodies. Wearing a life jacket, even if you're a strong swimmer, significantly increases your chance of survival when exposed to cold water. Learn how Cold Water Shock affects the body and how to prevent it at

Heads up Baldwin Beach visitors!

Sep. 4, 2019 - Beach goers can expect one-lane closures with traffic control tomorrow and Friday, which will cause delays entering and exiting Baldwin Beach as the Forest Service continues work on the first phase of a project that will widen and re-pave the main access road to Baldwin Beach including construction of a Class 1 bike path. Beach goers may wish to use nearby Pope, Camp Richardson, Tallac Historic Site or Kiva beaches instead. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this project to improve beach access!!

Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Restrictions

Aug. 27, 2019 - Always know before you go! Fire restriction information for the Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas is available at

Campground Concession Prospectus Update


Aug. 21, 2019 - The LTBMU Campground Prospectus submission deadline is on hold for the time being to allow the Forest Service to make technical corrections to the prospectus. The new deadline will be released after the corrections are made. Follow the link below to read the letter. More information regarding the prospectus is available 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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Tahoe Yellow Cress Conservation

Tahoe Yellow Cress Up Close Flowers

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

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. 


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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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