The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is located in the east central part of California.
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Welcome to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit!

[Graphic]: Depicts the location of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in the state of California.Over 78% of the area around the lake is public land managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service.  Totaling over 150,000 acres, this land includes beaches, hiking and biking trails, wilderness, historic estates and developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and riding stables.  The forest is managed to provide access for the public and to protect the natural resources of the area.  We hope you will join us in ensuring that the lake and surrounding lands Read More

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Forest Supervisor's Office Closed Monday, January 16, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017 - The Forest Supervisor’s Office on College Drive in South Lake Tahoe will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, January 17.


Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit Seasonal Outreach

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Mountain Winter Safety Information

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Check the weather before traveling and stay up-to-date with the National Weather Service Reno and National Weather Service Sacramento. Prepare your vehicle for winter travel, carry chains, extra food and water, blankets and check road conditions with Caltrans and NDOT before venturing out. Back country travelers should check avalanche advisories with Sierra Avalanche Center. Develop an emergency plan and keep in mind your mobile device may not work in some areas. For information on staying safe in your National Forest, follow the link above.

Winter Recreation in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Snowman sits near the shore of Lake Tahoe.

The Olympic Games at Squaw Valley in 1960 brought international attention to the Lake Tahoe area as a winter recreation destination. Outdoor activities on National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin include skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding and much more! Follow the link above for more information on these activities and for information on California SNO-PARKS here at Lake Tahoe.

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Sierra Avalanche Center

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For the latest backcountry avalanche, snow, and weather information for the greater Lake Tahoe area, visit the Sierra Avalanche Center website by following the link above.

Winter Trek 2017

Fifth-grade student trek through the snow during Winter Trek.

Winter Trek continues through March 30, 2017, weather permitting.  Field trips are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Visit the link above to learn more.


Know Before You Go

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For information on staying safe when visiting your National Forest, visit the link above.

Snowmobile Guide Map


Visit the link above to view a map of snowmobiles areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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