Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. A snowmobiler crosses a bridge in heavy snow. The Rainbow Trail at the 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


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


2017 Recreation Area Opening Dates

Campsite with tent, bicycles and chairs next to a fire pit.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit staff will soon begin the process of opening recreational facilities in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Follow the link above to find out when your favorite beach or campground opens for the season.

Comments sought for Emerald Fire Restoration

The Emerald Fire burns near Lake Tahoe on October 14, 2016.

The Forest Service is seeking comments on a proposal to remove hazard trees and plant seedlings in the Emerald Fire area. Comments are most helpful if received by April 28, 2017. Visit the link above to learn more about the project and how to comment.

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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.

Summer Recreation in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Snowman sits near the shore of Lake Tahoe.

Summer activities at Lake Tahoe include camping, hiking, beach and water sports, mountain biking, fishing, and much more! Follow the link above for more information.


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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