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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! Follow the links above or click on the photos below for more info.

Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Fire Restriction sign. National Forest Gate The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Rainbow Trail at Taylor Creek Visitor Center. The Honeymoon Cabin at Tallac Historic Site sits alongside the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe Social Media Graphic. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map.


Forest Service recommends responsible recreation

Jan. 2021 - Visitors to National Forest Lands in the Lake 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.

Recent News


Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe offering virtual services

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Jan. 2021 - 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.

Keep Tahoe Bears Wild!

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The Lake Tahoe Basin is Bear County. Residents and visitors should always store and dispose of garbage properly in bear resistant containers. Keep your distance and never feed any wild animal. Learn more about peacefully coexisting with bears at

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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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