Follow the slideshow links for information on camping reservations, Desolation Wilderness permits, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Tallac Historic Site, summer recreation 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.


Campground Concession Prospectus

May 24, 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

Taylor Creek Visitor Center Not Selling Desolation Wilderness Permits Or Interagency Passes During Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2019 The Taylor Creek Visitor Center will not be issuing Desolation Wilderness permits or selling Interagency passes this coming weekend. 

Forest Service Office Closed For Memorial Day 

May 15, 2019- The Forest Service in South Lake Tahoe will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal hours will resume on May 28. 

Climbers, Hikers Asked to Avoid Castle Rock Peak

May 8, 2019 - Climbers and hikers are asked to avoid the area at the top of Castle Rock on Kingsbury Grade, due to nesting Peregrine falcons. Please help us spread the word and protect this majestic species! View the Flyer (PDF 242 KB)

Warming Temperatures Increase Snowmelt

May 6, 2019 - Lake Tahoe visitors should keep in mind that warming temperatures mean increased snowmelt in Tahoe's lakes, rivers and streams, which translates to high, fast and very cold water not yet suitable for swimming or water activities! Forest Service (FS) facilities have begun opening for the season and FS roads begin opeing in mid-May. Many FS sites such as vista points, beaches and trails have become accessible with warming temperatures, but some restrooms are still closed and there is no trash removal until facilities open for the season. Please take your trash with you and help keep your National Forest lands beautiful and litter-free! Check out the list of opening dates at

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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!

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2018 Conservation Education Accomplishment Report

The LTBMU is pleased to share the Conservation Education and Interpretive Services Accomplishment Report for fiscal year 2018. The LTBMU Conservation Education Program works with partners and volunteers to deliver programs to youth, local communities and create future land stewards. Program focus areas include Fuels Reduction and Forest Health, Watershed Restoration and Habitat Improvement; Water Quality Improvement; and Recreation and Human Responsibility. Follow the link below to view the report.  

2018 Conservation Education and Interpretive Services Accomplishment Report  (PDF 5,415 KB

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

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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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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