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 74% of the area around the lake is public land managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. Totaling approximately 154,851 acres, this National Forest 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.
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Forest Supervisor's Office Closed on Monday

The Forest Supervisor's office in South Lake Tahoe will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of the President's Day holiday. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, February 21.

Our rivers and creeks are running at or above flood stage


Rainbow Trail bridge at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Feb. 10, 2017.

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LTBMU Spring Fire Hire and Summer Internship Outreach

These are volunteer positions, please see the attached announcements for subsistence and housing information.

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Lake Tahoe Basin hosts 12th Annual Military Winter Sports Camp

Military Sports Camp participant on board snowmobile gets ready to depart.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit along with partner, Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours, participated in the 12th Annual Military Winter Sports Camp organized by Achieve Tahoe on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  Achieve Tahoe, whose mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence, leads the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. Follow the link above to see photos and read more.

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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Ski with a Ranger 2017

A group of skiers participates in Ski with a Ranger.

Ski with a Ranger is underway at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Tours are Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Reanna Suela 530-543-2789 or visit 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.


Sierra Avalanche Center

Logo for the Sierra Avalanche Center

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.

Snowmobile Guide Map


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

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