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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. Social Media Graphic. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. A snowmobiler crosses a bridge in heavy snow. 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. American Black Bear Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe A lone coyote sits on Grinding Stone Rock.

2018 Temporary Fire Positions

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will be filling several Temporary Seasonal Firefighter positions for the 2018 season. Follow the link below to download the outreach notice.

Christmas tree permits sold out!!

Christmas tree permits in the Lake Tahoe Basin are sold out!! Keep in mind, permits may still be available in other locations outside the basin. For more information, visit


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


Winter Trek 2018

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin accepting reservations on Monday, December 18, 2017, for the 2018 Winter Trek Fifth-grade Conservation Education program. Led by Forest Service rangers and community volunteers, the Winter Trek program offers fifth-graders an outdoor winter ecology learning experience that takes place at 9,100 feet via the Gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort.  The program includes a snowshoe physical education adventure, while learning about fire and forest ecology of the Lake Tahoe Basin. For more information and to sign up follow the link above.

Forest Service seeking comments on upcoming projects

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit wants to hear what you think about several proposed projects. We are currently accepting comments for proposed improvements at Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Highway 28 Corridor Project and the Incline Management Plan. Comment periods end soon, so learn more about these proposed projects and how to comment by following the link above.    

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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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