Meiss Country

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Meiss Country is located south of the Lake Tahoe Basin and offers a complete wilderness-like experience with beautiful forest meadows, picturesque mountain lakes, and wonderful scenic vistas.

  • Campfires and charcoal grills are not allowed due to the wildfire risk they pose to our communities, wildlife and forests.

  • Gas stoves are allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit obtainable online at

  • Please report illegal campfires that are still burning, smoldering or have hot coals to 911 immediately.

  • Illegal rock fire rings that are cold to the touch may be reported using the Contact Us form a

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No overnight camping, day-use only
Fees Fees are not presently required for day or overnight use in Meiss Country.
Permit Info: Hiking permits are not currently required for Meiss Country.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Campfires and charcoal grills are prohibited in Meiss Country. Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited in Meiss Country (this includes motorcycles, bicycles, carts, and strollers).
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California
Water: Water in the Sierra may be contaminated by Giardia lambia & Crytosporidium, which may cause illness.
Operated By: Meiss Country is managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

General Information

Directions: Trailheads are accessible from Luther Pass (Highway 89) on the northern boundary and Carson Pass (Highway 88) on the southern side.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Elevations in Meiss Country range from 5000 foot valleys to 9000 foot peaks.


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Travel Management: A Program for Motor Vehicle Route Designation

Buy it where you burn it!

Be aware that firewood can harbor insects and diseases that threaten valuable forest resources. Transporting firewood can move these pests to new locations.