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Golden Aspen stand with blue sky, clouds in the background. Fire Restriction sign. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. 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.


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

Emergency Fire Restrictions Extended

Oct. 23, 2020 - Due to continued dangerous wildfire conditions, emergency fire restrictions have been extended across all National Forest lands in California, including the CA and NV sides of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Smoking and all recreational fires, including campfires, bonfires, warming fires, wood fires, charcoal fires, or any other kind of outdoor fires, involving solid fuels are prohibited. Remember, fire prevention is everyone's responsibility! Learn what you can do to prevent wildfires at View the Forest Order at

Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

Oct. 9, 2020 - 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

Tahoe Basin Christmas tree online permit sales begin Nov. 16

Oct. 8, 2020 – Christmas tree permits for National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin will be available for purchase online through beginning November 16, 2020. Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found at Read the news release at

Emergency Camping Restrictions Extended

Oct. 2, 2020 - Emergency camping restrictions have been extended through November. Camping or overnighting is prohibited in all wilderness and backcountry areas including Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, Blackwood Canyon, Luther Pass and Watson Lake campgrounds. Hosted campgrounds reopened today, but keep in mind no campfires or charcoal are permitted. View the Forest Order at

Forest Service issues closure order for Taylor Creek

October 1, 2020 - Due to continued public health safety concerns related to COVID-19, trail improvement work, the risk of bear-human encounters and in order to discourage large groups from gathering, the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has issued a Forest Order that temporarily closes Taylor Creek and the surrounding area from Oct. 3 through Nov. 2, 2020. Read more and view the closure map at

Recreational Fires, Charcoal Banned in Lake Tahoe/Truckee Region

September 4, 2020 - The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team  reminds residents and visitors that recreational fires, including campfires, bonfires, warming fires, wood fires, charcoal fires, or any other kind of outdoor fires, involving solid fuels are not permitted on public or private property including residential properties, vacation/short-term rentals, campgrounds, resorts and other recreational areas throughout the Lake Tahoe/Truckee Region until the end of November or until rescinded. Read more at

Forest Service Recommends Responsible Recreation 

June 30, 2020 - Most National Forest developed campgrounds and beaches have reopened. Visit to view the list under the "Recreation Conditions Report" heading.

Responsible recreation practices should be maintained 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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Tahoe Yellow Cress Conservation

Tahoe Yellow Cress Up Close Flowers

From crystal blue waters to snow-capped peaks, Lake Tahoe is a special place. Part of what makes it special are the unique plants and animals that call the lake home. Tahoe Yellow Cress (Rorippa subumbellata) is one of these organisms. Follow the link above to learn more about Tahoe Yellow Cress.

Prescribed Fire Updates

Prescribed fire operations are a key component of active forest management and are carried out whenever weather, staffing and conditions allow in order to reduce excess vegetation that can feed unwanted wildfires. During active operations, prescribed fire notifications are sent out and a map with project locations and details is posted at Sign up for email notifications by sending an email to  

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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

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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. 


Know Before You Go

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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

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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