Snowman on the beach with Lake Tahoe in the background. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Fire Restriction sign. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Rainbow Trail at Taylor Creek Visitor Center. The Stream Profile Chamber at the visitor center provides a view of the stream environment through aquarium-like windows. The Honeymoon Cabin at Tallac Historic Site sits alongside the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe Coyote stands next to a boulder with the forest in the background. Social Media Graphic. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map.


Lake Tahoe prescribed fire operations to continue

Nov. 24, 2020 - California State Park and Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District crews are scheduled to continue prescribed fire operations this week, weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications at Read the press release at

Forest Service seeks input on vegetation management of power line corridors in the Tahoe Basin

Nov. 20, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, in partnership with NV Energy and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is seeking public comment on the NV Energy Resilience Corridors project. This project proposes vegetation treatments along roughly 43 miles of power line corridors on approximately 5,300 acres of National Forest System lands. Read more about the project and learn how to submit comments at

Tahoe Basin Christmas tree permits sold out!

Nov. 17, 2020 – Christmas tree permits for National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin sold out today, Nov. 17, 2020. This week, 2,000 online permits were issued on a first-come, first served basis. No additional permits will be authorized for this season. Read more at

Lake Tahoe fall prescribed fire program kicks off this week

Nov. 9, 2020 – The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) will begin conducting prescribed fire operations in the Lake Tahoe Basin this week, weather and conditions permitting. North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is scheduled to begin operations today at Diamond Peak Ski Resort and later near War Bonnet Way/Peace Pipe Lane in Incline Village. California State Parks is scheduled to begin operations at Burton Creek and Sugar Pine Point state parks beginning as early as tomorrow. Smoke may be visible. A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at (scroll down to view map). Sign-up to receive email prescribed fire notifications at and read the news release at

National Forest facilities in Lake Tahoe Basin closing for season

Nov. 2, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has begun closing recreational facilities for the winter season. Seasonal closures apply to many National Forest recreation sites in the Tahoe Basin including beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas and forest roads. Read the news release at

New Forest Supervisor selected for Lake Tahoe Basin

Oct. 23, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is pleased to announce that William “Bill” Jackson has been selected as the new Forest Supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin. Jackson is scheduled to arrive at the LTBMU on Dec. 6, 2020, and comes to us from the White River National Forest in Colorado, where he served as the District Ranger for the Dillon Ranger District. Read the rest of the news release at

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.


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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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

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 and we will respond at our earliest convenience.

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Safety Tips for Hikers and Backpackers

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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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