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Tahoe National Forest Reopens:

Nevada City, Calif. –The Tahoe National Forest is reopening additional campgrounds for the upcoming weekend after two weeks of unprecedented, emergency closures due to California wildfires and wildfire risk.

While popular activities such as hunting, hiking, boating, and other types of general recreation are now allowed, several prohibitions are still in place through October 18, 2020. These prohibitions include:

No camping outside of developed campgrounds. A list of open, developed campgrounds is provided below. There are two exceptions to this prohibition-

  • Dispersed camping within the Granite Chief Wilderness is allowed. Dispersed camping within 500 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail is allowed.

No target shooting. Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, and federal law and regulations, is prohibited.

In addition, an Emergency Fire Restriction Order has been extended through October 1,2020. This Fire Restriction strictly prohibits the following activities across all National Forests in California:

No Smoking

No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.

  • This includes all gas stoves of any kind.
  • Generators are allowed for use on paved, gravel or dirt National Forest System roads and trails, staging areas, and within campgrounds.


For a list of open campgrounds click here


TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST Offers Virtual Services in Response to COVID-19

TNF COVID19 graphicThe Tahoe National Forest is closing offices and implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice to limit gatherings of large numbers of people and to promote social distancing.


Many services traditionally offered in our public offices are available online:

We will continue to update our website with current virtual service information as conditions change. To email the Tahoe National Forest, please use the Contact Us function on our website

To contact your local Tahoe National Office with specific questions, please use the updated telephone numbers below:

  • Tahoe National Forest Supervisors Office (Nevada City): 530-265-4531
  • Truckee Ranger District Office: 530-536-0417
  • Sierraville Ranger District Office: 530-430-7093
  • American River Ranger District Office (Foresthill): 530-492-5631
  • Yuba River Ranger District Office (Camptonville): 530-362-8259


Popular Recreation Activities

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


E-Bike Opportunities

eBike iconThe Tahoe National Forest offers a wide variety of e-bike riding opportunities. This includes over 2,000-miles of roads, 195-miles of OHV trails, and an additional 190 miles of single-track motorcycle trails. All roads and trails open to motor vehicle use are available for all classes of e-bikes. More...

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