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Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Snowman on the beach with Lake Tahoe in the background. A snowmobiler crosses a bridge in heavy snow. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. Rainbow Trail at Taylor Creek Visitor Center. The Stream Profile Chamber at the visitor center provides a view of the stream environment through aquarium-like windows. The Honeymoon Cabin at Tallac Historic Site sits alongside the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Fire Restriction sign. Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe Coyote stands next to a boulder with the forest in the background. Social Media Graphic. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map.


Open Houses and Webinar: State Route 89 The Future of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore

Feb. 21, 2020 - The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, and Tahoe Transportation District invite you to explore the future of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. The State Route 89 Recreation Corridor Management Plan outlines the projects needed to improve the visitor experience, reduce traffic congestion, and preserve the environment from South Lake Tahoe to Tahoma. Details at

Lake Tahoe prescribed fire operations continue

Feb. 20, 2020 - Weather, conditions and staffing permitting, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) will continue prescribed fire operations at Lake Tahoe over the next several weeks. Smoke may be visible. View a map with project locations and details at To sign-up for prescribed fire notifications, send an email to Read more at

Forest Service invites public to Ski with a Ranger 

Feb. 10, 2020 - The Forest Service invites you to Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort every Friday at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Tours begin at Tamarack Lodge, at the top of the Heavenly Gondola and last approximately one-hour. Ski with a Ranger continues through March 27, 2020, conditions permitting. Read more at

Lake Tahoe Basin Campground Prospectus Update

Feb. 7, 2020 - The 2019 Campground Prospectus has been canceled. We anticipate announcing a new Campground Prospectus in the spring of 2020. View the prospectus update letter at (PDF 367 KB).


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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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 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. 


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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