Follow the photo links below for camping information and much more!

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit location map. A campsite with a tent, bicycles, and chairs near a fire pit. Fallen Leaf Campground sign. Fire Restriction sign. Social Media Graphic. The Crystal Range sits behind Mt. Tallac. Kayaker paddles on Lake Tahoe. Rainbow Trail at Taylor Creek Visitor Center. The Honeymoon Cabin at Tallac Historic Site sits alongside the south shore of Lake Tahoe. The Stream Profile Chamber at the visitor center provides a view of the stream environment through aquarium-like windows. The 2016 Tallac Hotshots Crew. Kid jumping off boat into Lake Tahoe Coyote sitting on boulder in the forest.

 

Fall color information for the Tahoe Basin

Fall foliage displays are near their peak in the Tahoe Basin and in nearby Hope Valley. For fall color viewing location suggestions, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/FallColor.

Fire restrictions in effect at Lake Tahoe

August 21, 2018 - Fire restrictions on National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin began Friday, August 17, 2018, and will remain in effect through November 15. Warm temperatures and dry vegetation combined with numerous wildfires burning in our region prompted the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit to implement restrictions intended to safeguard our communities across the Tahoe Basin. During fire restrictions, campfires are only allowed in campgrounds with an onsite host, such as Nevada Beach and Fallen Leaf campgrounds. See Exhibit A at the link below for the complete list of exempted sites. During restrictions, campfires are not allowed at Watson Lake, Blackwood Canyon and Luther Pass campgrounds. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xPDve.

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Popular Recreation Activities

Winter sports. Hiking Camping OHV Riding Fishing Beaches and Dunes.

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

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Western pearlshell mussels in the Tahoe Basin

Western pearlshell mussel exterior shell.

The western pearlshell (Margaritifera falcata) is a freshwater mussel that is native to the Tahoe basin. The species ranges from Alaska south to central California and east to Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. Western pearlshell mussels inhabit cold creeks and rivers with clean water, where you can find them wedged between cobbles, partially burrowed in sand, underneath mats of aquatic vegetation, or beneath undercut banks. They have an average lifespan of 60 to 70 years, some living more than one hundred years, making them one of the longest-lived animal species on Earth. If you find western pearlshell mussels, please do not handle or disturb individuals due to their sensitivity and rarity in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Follow the link above to read more about this amazing native species. 


Tahoe Yellow Cress Conservation

Tahoe Yellow Cress Up Close Flowers

From crystal blue waters to snow-capped peaks, Lake Tahoe is a special place. Part of what makes it special are the unique plants and animals that call the lake home. Tahoe Yellow Cress (Rorippa subumbellata) is one of these organisms. Follow the link above to learn more about Tahoe Yellow Cress.


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Safety Tips for Hikers and Backpackers

Campers are seen on the far side of mirror-like Grouse Lake.

Whether you are going out for a day hike or an extended backpacking trip follow the safety tips found at the link above to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Safety Tips for Visitors to Lake Tahoe

Graphic of bear with message, This guy has reservations with your trash.

When visiting the Lake Tahoe Basin, knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. 

 




Know Before You Go

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National Forests provide a variety of fun and exciting activities, but visitors must avoid hazardous situations. For information on staying safe in the forest, visit the link above.

Lake Tahoe West

West Shore View of Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe West is an interagency collaborative effort to restore resilience to the west shore's forests, watersheds, and communities. Follow the link above for more.



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A map of our nations national forests and grasslands.

Interactive Visitor Map: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

 

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About The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit




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