Meiss Country

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. Please note: Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No Campfires (Wood or Charcoal)
Fees: Fees are not currently 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

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Hiking: Backpacking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

The meadows in Meiss Country offer wildflower viewing during the summer months.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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