Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Welcome to the Jewel of the Sierra!

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit encompasses over 154,000 acres of National Forest lands around beautiful Lake Tahoe!

Plan Your Visit

Lake Tahoe from Rose Knob on the North Shore- Jan. 2023. Photo courtesy of Nicole Bringolf, USFS Hydrologist.

The South Lake Tahoe Forest Service Supervisor’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8-4:30 p.m. excluding federal holidays. We also offer virtual services by calling 530-543-2600, during business hours. If you reach the recording, we are helping another customer. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also email us.


Jan. 31, 2023 - Small scale prescribed fire operations continue at Lake Tahoe
Conditions and weather permitting, Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team (TFFT) members may continue prescribed fire operations this week at Lake Tahoe. The Nevada Division of Forestry is scheduled to burn hand piles near Incline Village. Smoke will be present. In addition, smoke may still be visible from the USDA Forest Service’s burn operations last week near Baldwin Beach. Read More

Jan. 30, 2023 - California and Nevada get BearWise
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) are proud to support BearWise, the innovative North American program that helps people live more responsibly with bears. The BearWise website offers a wealth of scientifically sound information and practical advice. The state wildlife agencies will work closely with the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California State Parks, and Nevada State Parks to incorporate the BearWise messaging as part of their united effort through the Tahoe Interagency Bear Team. Read More

Jan. 19, 2023 - Firefighter Hiring Event
The Forest Service is hosting in-person hiring events for anyone interested in becoming a federal firefighter at the Red Lion Hotel in Redding on Feb. 14-15. Learn more about available positions. Watch Video

Jan. 19, 2023 – Ski with a Ranger begins Jan 27 at Heavenly Mountain Resort
Ski with a Ranger is scheduled to begin Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, and will continue through the end of March, weather permitting. Tours will depart from Tamarack Lodge at the top of the gondola every Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last approximately one-hour. Read More

Jan. 5, 2023 - Winter Trek begins Jan 23 at Heavenly Mountain Resort
Winter Trek is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, and will continue through the end of March, weather permitting. Field trips are approximately three hours long and will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays, excluding holidays. Reservations are required and will open Monday, Jan. 9. Read More


  • Winter Recreation OSV Travel Management

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    The LTBMU has been busy analyzing comments and developing alternatives to the proposed action for the Winter Recreation and Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) Travel Management Project. Visit the link below for an update on where we are in the process and next steps.

  • Winter edition of Tahoe In Depth now available!

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    Check out this excellent publication that aims to inspire environmental understanding and stewardship at Lake Tahoe. The winter edition features interesting articles from various agencies, organizations and the Forest Service.

  • Tahoe National Forest's Sierra Avalanche Center

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    Winter is here! Backcountry enthusiasts should always check conditions and weather before heading out. Be prepared with proper gear, clothing and training. Follow Sierra Avalanche Center on social media and the web for the latest advisories.

  • Three Resort Concession Opportunities

    Cover page for three-resort prospectus featuring Camp Richardson, Meeks Bay and Zephyr Cove photos.

    The Forest Service has released updates for the Three Resort and Campground Concession Opportunities, including Errata and Q&A documents with responses to questions raised during and after the site visits in Oct. 2022.

  • Winter Recreation in the Lake Tahoe Basin

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    The Olympic Games in 1960 brought international attention to Lake Tahoe as a winter recreation destination. Today, outdoor winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, and much more!