Follow the photo links below for camping information and much more!

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Fire Restriction sign. Social Media Graphic. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. 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.


Attention Desolation Wilderness Hikers!

July 16, 2018 - Forest Service Wilderness Rangers are reporting mountain lion activity near Middle Velma Lake and the surrounding area. There have also been reports of increased bear activity. For information about staying safe in Bear and Mountain Lion country, visit

Application Period for Fall and Spring Fire Hire Opens August 1

July 16, 2018 - The application period for Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit fall and spring fire hire begins August 1, 2018. For fall 2018, the application period is open August 1 - 29. For spring 2019, the application period is open August 1 - October 15. Follow the link below to download the outreach notice.

Barker Pass Reopened Today

July 12, 2018 - Good news, Barker Pass reopened today!! Work to repair Barker Pass Road on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe began in late June with Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit crews, supported by local contractors replacing pavement at the top of the popular off-highway vehicle (OHV), Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) access road. A huge thank you goes out to the road crew and contractors for completing this work ahead of schedule and in time for this weekend. We also would like to thank the public for your patience and understanding during this closure.

Stream Profile Chamber at Taylor Creek still closed

July 12, 2018 - More good news, the new glass for the Stream Profile Chamber has been ordered, but will remain temporarily closed until the new glass can be installed. The popular attraction at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center has been closed for several weeks due to a cracked pane of glass in the chamber. Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates and see photos of the cracked glass at or


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


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.

June is lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month

2018 Wildfire Awareness Poster

June is Wildfire Awareness Month in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Fire is a natural process in the Sierra Nevada and it's not a matter of "if" the next fire will occur, it's a matter of "when". Across the U.S. fire season has become a year-round event. Tahoe Basin residents should Prepare Now! Wildfire Knows No Season. Wildfire preparedness includes things like clearing defensible space around your home and talking with your neighbors about it, preparing an evacuation plan for your family members and your pets, signing up for Reverse 911 with your county. Learn more about how to prepare for the next wildfire and keep your family safe by visiting Remember, Prepare Now! Wildfire Knows No Season.   

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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. 


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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A map of our nations national forests and grasslands.

Interactive Visitor Map: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit


About Us in California

About The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit