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

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.

  • Enhanced Fire Restrictions in Effect

    Sign: Notice Fire Restrictions in Effect Due to Wildfire Danger.

    Aug. 10, 2022 - A reminder that enhanced fire restrictions are in effect on National Forest lands at Lake Tahoe. Wood and charcoal fires are only permitted within provided metal rings and grills at facilities listed in Exhibit A of the forest order at

  • Bear Canisters Required

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    July 18, 2022 - Bear canisters are required for overnight visitors in Desolation Wilderness. Overnight visitors must store all food, refuse and scented items in an approved hard-sided bear-proof container. This is an important step toward keeping Tahoe bears wild.

  • Fountain Place Road Closed

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    July 6, 2022 - Due to increased summer traffic, Fountain Place Rd (Forest Rd 1201) will remain closed to vehicles until Caldor Fire hazard trees can be removed later this year. Recreationists should use caution when visiting the Caldor Fire area. We apologize for any inconvenience.