Opening/closing dates for campgrounds, beaches, and forest roads

Scroll down to find projected opening dates for campgrounds, day-use areas, beaches, general recreation areas, interpretive sites, picnic sites and resorts in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campgrounds and day-use areas typically open in mid-May and close in mid-October.

Please note:  Dates are subject to change. Trailheads remain open year-round, but gate/road opening and closing dates are determined by the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the Lake Tahoe Basin. To learn more about the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) or to download a copy, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TravelManagement. Free copies of the MVUM are available at the Forest Supervisor's office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.  

Developed Campgrounds

Developed campgrounds offer a range of amenities for the tent or RV camper. All developed campgrounds at Lake Tahoe charge a fee and there are many around the Basin to choose from. Reservations must be made through Recreation.gov. The open season for campgrounds is dependent on snowfall, but they are generally open from mid-May to mid-October.  For more information on developed campgrounds as well as wilderness camping and campfire permits, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/Campgrounds.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center facilities (grounds are open year-round) are generally open daily beginning Memorial Day weekend through the month of October. Hours may vary. Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center only during summer hours of operation. The Stream Profile Chamber closes 30 minutes before the Visitor Center. For more information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/VisitorCenter, or call the Forest Supervisor's office at (530) 543-2600.

Tallac Historic Site

The Tallac Historic Site facilities (grounds are open year-round) are generally open Memorial Day weekend through mid-September. For more information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TallacSite, or call the Forest Supervisor's office at (530) 543-2600.

Facility Open/Close Date
64 Acres Beach Year-round (walking access, weather permitting) (restroom/trash service May 25 through Nov. 15)
64 Acres Riverside  June 1 through Nov. 15 
Angora Lookout May 25 through Nov. 15
Angora Resort May 25 through Nov 15 (restrooms/trash service mid-June through mid-Sep.)
Baldwin Beach April 28 through Oct. 14
Bayview Campground May 11 through Oct. 14
Bayview Trailhead Year-round (walking access, weather permitting) (restrooms/trash service May 11 through Oct. 14)
Big Meadow Trailhead May 25 through Nov. 15 
Blackwood Canyon Campground June 1 through Nov. 15 (Restrooms/trash service June 1 - Nov. 15)
Blackwood Sno-Park Nov. 1 through May 30 
Camp Richardson Resort
  • Restaurant/grounds open year-round
  • RV park - May 25 through Oct. 28
  • Eagle's Nest - June 11 through Oct. 7
  • Badger's Den - June 11 through Oct. 7
Chimney Beach May 1 through Oct. 31 
Eagle Falls Year-round, weather permitting (restrooms/trash service May 15 - Nov. 15)
Echo Chalet Mid-June through Labor Day
Echo Lakes Trailhead Seasonal (restrooms/trash service May 15 - Nov. 15)
Explore Tahoe Year-round
Fallen Leaf Campground May 11 through Oct. 14
Glen Alpine Trailhead Seasonal (restrooms/trash service May 15 - Nov. 15)
Kaspian Beach May 11 through Oct. 14
Kaspian Campground May 11 through Oct. 14
Kiva Picnic Area May 15 through Oct. 28 
Inspiration Point Early spring through late fall, weather permitting (restrooms/trash service April 14 - Nov. 25)
Logan Shoals Vista Year-round, weather permitting (restrooms/services May 25 through Nov. 15)
Luther Pass Campground May 25 through Nov. 15 
McKinney Rubicon Trailhead Seasonal (restrooms/trash service May 15 - Nov. 15)
Meeks Bay Beach May 11 through Oct. 14
Meeks Bay Campground May 11 through Oct. 14
Meeks Bay Resort May 11 through Oct. 14
Meeks Trailhead Year-round (walking access, weather permitting)
Nevada Beach April 28 through Oct. 14
Nevada Beach Campground May 11 through Oct. 15
Pope Beach May 26 through Oct. 14
Round Hill Resort May 10 through Oct. 1
Sand Pit OHV area May 10 through Nov. 15
Sawmill Pond Picnic Area May 15 through Nov. 20 (restrooms/trash services May 15 - Nov. 15)
Secret Harbor May 1 through Nov. 15 
Stateline Lookout Year-round (walking access, weather permitting) (restrooms/trash services May 25 - Nov. 15)
Tallac Historic Site May 15 through Sep. 23 (grounds open year-round)
Tallac Trailhead Year-round (walking access, weather permitting)
Tallac Point Year-round (walking access, weather permitting)
Taylor Creek Sno-Park Nov. 1 through May 30
Taylor Creek Visitor Center May 25 through Oct. 28 (grounds open year-round)
Watson Lake June 1 through Nov. 15 (restrooms/trash services June 1 - Nov. 15)
William Kent Beach May 11 through Oct. 14
William Kent Campground May 11 through Oct. 14
Zephyr Cove Resort Year-round

Forest Roads and Gates

Pursuant to 36 CFR 212.51, opening and closing dates are determined by the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the Lake Tahoe Basin. To learn more about the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) or to download a copy, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TravelManagement. Free copies of the MVUM are available at the Forest Supervisor's office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.  

The schedule for forest road and gate openings/closures is below.

Road Road Name Open/Close Dates
03 Barker Pass Rd. (mile post 0.000 to 2.300) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
03 Barker Pass Rd. (mile post 2.300 to 7.140) Jun. 15 - Nov. 5
73 Mt. Watson Blvd. (16N71 alternative access is open) (mile post 0.000 to 11.000) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
73 Mt. Watson Blvd. (16N71 alternative access is open) (mile post 11.000 to 14.200) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
1110 Hawley Grade (west side of Bridge Tract) May 15 - Nov. 15
1111 Bridge Tract (east side) May 15 - Nov. 15
1201 Fountain Place Rd. (mile post 0.000 to 2.100) May 15 - Nov. 15
1201 Fountain Place Rd. (mile post 2.100 to 4.330) Jun. 30 - Nov. 15 (wildlife nesting area)
12N01A Saxon Creek Rd. May 25 - Nov. 15
12N01D Hell Hole Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
1207 Rainbow Tract May 15 - Nov. 15
12N08 Powerline Rd. (from substation to Columbine) May 25 - Nov. 15
1213 Old Luther Hwy. May 25 - Nov. 15
1213 Old Luther Hwy. (Big Meadow Parking) May 25 - Nov. 15
1214 Angora Ridge Rd. May 25 - Nov. 15
12N17 Saxon Tie Rd. May 25 - Nov. 15
12N21 High Meadows (end of Columbine) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
12N28 Sand Pit May 10 - Nov. 15
12N30 Sawmill Pond May 15 - Nov. 20
12N30A Twin Peaks May 15 - Nov. 20
12N30B Twin Peaks May 15 - Nov. 20
1304 Cathedral (mile post 0.180 to 2.754) May 15 - Nov. 15
1304D Cathedral (mile post 0.000 to 0.171) May 15 - Nov. 15
1306 Mt. Tallac Trailhead May 15 - Nov. 15
1307 Spring Creek May 10 - Nov. 20
1330 Emerald Bay (upper) May 10 - Nov. 15
14N32 Genoa Peak Road (from Spooner Summit) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
14N34A Noonchester Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
14N35 Genoa Peak Road (from Kingsbury Grade Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
14N40 Ellis Peak Rd. (off McKinney, Rubicon) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
15N38 Blackwood Middlefork Jun. 1 - Nov. 15 
15N60 Paige Meadows (Ward Blvd. & Silver Tip) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
1565 Secret Harbor Parking Lot May 1 - Nov. 15
16N49 Watson Creek Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N50 Watson Lake Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N52 Gasline Rd. (Hwy. 267 & Lake Vista Rd.) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N55 Martis Slope Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N56 Martis Tie Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N63 Carnelian Rd. Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N71 Mt. Watson Access Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N74 Sawmill Flat (intersection 73 & Fulton Cresent) Jun. 1 - Nov. 15
16N86 Beaver St. May 25 - Nov. 15
16N93 Regency Extension Jun. 1 - Nov. 15

Designation of a road, trail or area for motor vehicle use by a particular class of vehicle under 36 CFR 212.51 should not be interpreted as encouraging or inviting use or implying that the road, trail, or area is passable, actively maintained, or safe for travel. Motor vehicle designations include parking along designated routes when it is safe to do so and when not causing damage to National Forest System resources. Seasonal weather conditions and natural events may render designated roads and trails impassable for extended periods. Designated areas may contain dangerous or impassable terrain. Many designated roads and trails may be passable only by high-clearance vehicles or four-wheel-drive vehicles. Maintenance of designated roads and trails will depend on available resources, and many may receive little maintenance.





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