Follow the photo links below to learn more.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. Social Media Graphic. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. 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. Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe A lone coyote sits on Grinding Stone Rock.

Forest Service Office Closed for Presidents Day

The Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Febuary 19, 2018. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, Febuary 20. Have a wonderful weekend! 


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


Forest Service seeks input on South Tahoe thinning project

South Shore Fuels Treatment Map

The LTBMU wants to hear what you think about a proposal to reduce excess vegetation on approximately 3,800 acres of National Forest lands on the south end of the Lake Tahoe Basin in order to reduce the risk of wildland fires and create healthier forests. We are accepting comments on the South Tahoe Fuels Treatment Project until the close of business on February 16, 2018. For more information on the project and how to comment, follow the link above.    

Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort

Ranger Megan chats with a group of skiers at Heavenly Mountain Resort during Ski with a Ranger.

The LTBMU invites residents and visitors to Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort every Monday and Friday at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Participants must be intermediate level skiers/boarders or above and provide their own lift ticket. Visit the link above to learn more. 

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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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