Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue. On-going operational updates will be posted here (https://www.fs.fed.us/shutdown) as we are able to provide them.


Follow the photo links below for information on camping, Winter Trek Snowshoe Program, snowmobiling, winter recreation and much more!

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. Ranger Lindsay leads fifth-grade students through the snowy forest during Winter Trek. Fifth-grade students trek through the snowy forest on snowshoes. A snowmobiler crosses a bridge in heavy snow. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Social Media Graphic. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. 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.


Forest Service office closed Dec 24 & 25 and Jan 1

December 19, 2018 - The Forest Supervisor's office in South Lake Tahoe will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25. Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, December 26. We will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in observance of New Year's Day. Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.

Incline Village Forest Service office to close temporarily

December 19, 2018 - The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will temporarily close the Incline Village office beginning Wednesday, December 26, 2018. All services will be available through the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe, including the sale of Access, Senior and Interagency passes along with fuelwood (seasonal) and wilderness permits. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xEx6Q.

Sierra Avalanche Center

December 2018 - Backcountry visitors should always check weather and conditions before heading out. Great information along with daily avalanche forecasts are available through the Sierra Avalanche Center website at https://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/.

Prescribed Fire Updates

November 30, 2018 - Weather permitting, California State Parks, California Tahoe Conservancy, North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in multiple locations around Lake Tahoe. A map with project locations and details is available for viewing at http://tahoe.livingwithfire.info/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.  

Lake Tahoe Christmas Tree Permits Sold Out!

November 20, 2018 - No further permits will be issued for this season. For information on permit sales in nearby National Forests and other areas, visit https://go.usa.gov/xPAYx and view the contact information under the heading "Permit Information for Surrounding Areas".


Popular Recreation Activities

Winter sports. Hiking Camping OHV Riding Fishing Beaches and Dunes.

We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!


Western pearlshell mussels in the Tahoe Basin

Western pearlshell mussel exterior shell.

The western pearlshell (Margaritifera falcata) is a freshwater mussel that is native to the Tahoe basin. The species ranges from Alaska south to central California and east to Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. Western pearlshell mussels inhabit cold creeks and rivers with clean water, where you can find them wedged between cobbles, partially burrowed in sand, underneath mats of aquatic vegetation, or beneath undercut banks. They have an average lifespan of 60 to 70 years, some living more than one hundred years, making them one of the longest-lived animal species on Earth. If you find western pearlshell mussels, please do not handle or disturb individuals due to their sensitivity and rarity in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Follow the link above to read more about this amazing native species. 

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.

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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