Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. 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. American Black Bear Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe A lone coyote sits on Grinding Stone Rock.


Desolation Wilderness Bear Activity August 2017

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Desolation Bear Activity


Senior Pass Rainchecks Available at Forest Supervisor's Office in South Lake Tahoe

The price of the America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80 on August 28, 2017. Seniors with valid Identification who are 62 years or older can still purchase the lifetime Senior Pass for $10 through August 27. Due to high demand for the passes, the durable plastic pass is sold out in many locations, including the Forest Supervisor's office in South Lake Tahoe. Rainchecks will be issued in the form of a paper voucher through August 27. Rainchecks may claimed at the office where purchased once the durable pass is available or purchasers may elect to have the pass shipped directly to them at a later date. Previously purchased lifetime Golden Age or Senior Passes will be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder. Passes must be obtained in person and cannot be issued over the phone. Bring a valid form of identification. A credit or debit card is preferred. 

Popular Recreation Activities

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

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

Recent News


Wellness Outings: A Prescription for “Nature as Medicine”

Barton Wellness Outings

The Lake Tahoe Basin Managment Unit is proud to partner with Barton Health to highlight the power of Vitamin N(ature). Recovering from a major joint surgery doesn’t usually inspire the idea of snowshoeing by moonlight, but that’s exactly what Carol Bennis, age 75, was asked to do during her recovery last February. Carol had never been on snowshoes before, or hiked at night, but when she heard her surgeon and other patients at a similar stage of recovery would be there, she decided to try it out. On a clear night at Tallac Historic Site, Carol and twelve other patients joined Barton Health clinicians and Forest Service rangers on a “wellness walk” through the snow. Carol loved the experience. Follow the link above to read more.



Celebrating Wildflowers!

Alpine Lily

Interested in learning about wildflowers on your National Forest? View photos and find out about locations for viewing wildflowers in the Lake Tahoe Basin and other areas this summer. For more information, visit and use the drop down menu on the right side of the page under "Wildflower Viewing Areas" to search for "Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit." You may also search for other National Forests or the state for which you are interested.

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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. 


Know Before You Go

Forest Images

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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