Follow the slideshow links for information on camping reservations, Desolation Wilderness permits, facility/road opening/closing dates, summer recreation, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Tallac Historic Site and much more!

Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. Social Media Graphic. 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. Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe Coyote sitting on boulder in the forest. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map.

 

Application Period Open for 2019 Fall Fire Hire 

Aug. 1, 2019 - The application period for Fall Fire Hire opened Aug. 1 and ends at 8:59 p.m., PDT on Wed., Aug. 28, 2019. View the outreach notice (PDF 547 KB).

Visitors Should Take Precautions to Avoid Cold Water Shock 

July 22, 2019 - Cold Water Shock is real and can be life-threatening. Visitors should always exercise caution when swimming and participating in water activities in Lake Tahoe and surrounding water bodies. Wearing a life jacket, even if you're a strong swimmer, significantly increases your chance of survival when exposed to cold water. Learn how Cold Water Shock affects the body and how to prevent it at https://www.weather.gov/safety/coldwater.

Campground Concession Prospectus

May 24, 2019 - Update: Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., PDT on Aug. 22, 2019. The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is soliciting proposals from interested parties for a campground concession special use permit (SUP) to provide high-quality public service in the operation and maintenance of government-owned recreation facilities at Lake Tahoe in both California and Nevada. Information regarding the prospectus is available at https://go.usa.gov/xypZa.

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Popular Recreation Activities

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

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

Features

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 http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. Sign up for email notifications by sending an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.  


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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. 

 




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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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A map of our nations national forests and grasslands.

Interactive Visitor Map: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

 

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About The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit




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