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


Prescribed fire operations resume Monday at Sugar Pine Point

May 29, 2020 - Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) member, California State Parks, is planning to conduct an understory burn in Sugar Pine Point State Park beginning Monday, June 1, 2020, weather permitting. Smoke may be visible. View map with project locations/details at sign-up for prescribed fire notifications by sending an email to Read more at

Recreation Facility Status Information

May 26, 2020 - All National Forest trails, trailheads and lands in the Tahoe Basin are open. However, most developed recreational facilities including beaches, campgrounds, and resorts are not yet fully open.

National Forest visitors should keep in mind that restrooms and trash removal are not yet available in many locations, so plan accordingly and be prepared to pack out everything brought in and used.  Maintain social distance from others and stay home if you feel sick or have been around others who are ill.

To minimize limited roadway parking, the Forest Service encourages visitors to use alternate forms of transportation, such as walking, biking and carpooling when visiting National Forest locations.

Portable restrooms will be available at the following National Forest locations:  Nevada, Pope, Kiva/Tallac Point, Baldwin, Chimney and Secret Harbor beaches; and vault restrooms will be available at Eagle Falls Trailhead and Sawmill Pond. Visitors should plan ahead recognizing that limited restroom facilities are only as clean as the previous user.

We encourage all National Forest visitors to practice responsible recreation. Do you part to maintain the health and safety of yourself and others by following these guidelines:

  • Practice Social Distancing. Provide space of at least 6 feet at all times during your visit.
  • Do Not Gather in Groups. Follow the latest guidance from officials.
  • Share the Trail. Alert other trail users of your presence and step aside to let them pass.
  • Pack Out Your Trash. Leave with everything you bring in and use.

Keep Tahoe Bears Wild! Agencies remind public to practice social distancing and proper food, garbage storage

May 21, 2020 - Spring is in full swing in the Tahoe Basin and Tahoe black bears are searching for food. Intentional or unintentional feeding of bears results in unwanted bear behaviors, increased human-bear conflicts, and public safety issues as well as fines and possible jail time for violators. Each year, local law enforcement and state wildlife officers respond to hundreds of calls in which bears may pose a public safety threat or are damaging property. In some cases, the bear must be euthanized. Read more at

Agencies extend deadline for public input on Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project

May 8, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California Tahoe Conservancy, and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency have extended the scoping period for the proposed Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project until May 26, 2020. Read more at

Wildfire Preparedness is up to all of us

May 4, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) is proud to once again partner with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CAL FIRE), and partners across the State, reminding communities and the public that live and work within wildland and forested areas about importance, especially this pandemic emergency, of preparing their homes and properties for wildfire. Read more at

Campground Concession Prospectus Update

May 1, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is accepting questions regarding the prospectus for campground and related Granger-Thye concessions. Please submit questions via email by May 15, 2020. Learn more about submitting questions at

Attention Forest Service Visitors

April 09, 2020 - As a reminder, the Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe has moved to virtual services. If you need assistance or have questions, call 530-543-2600 and leave a message or email us at and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience.

Atención Visitantes Del Servicio Forestal

09 de Abril de 2020 - Como recordatorio, la oficina del Servicio Forestal en South Lake Tahoe se ha movido a servicios virtuales. Si necesita ayuda o tiene preguntas, llame al 530-543-2600 y deje un mensaje o envíenos un correo electrónico a y nos pondremos en contacto con usted lo antes posible.

Visiting National Forests

March 31, 2020 - Please avoid visiting national forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest. If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.


Popular Recreation Activities

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

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

Recent News


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.

Prescribed Fire Updates

Prescribed fire operations are a key component of active forest management and are carried out whenever weather, staffing and conditions allow in order to reduce excess vegetation that can feed unwanted wildfires. During active operations, prescribed fire notifications are sent out and a map with project locations and details is posted at Sign up for email notifications by sending an email to  

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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

Forest Images

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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Black Bear with words "Do Your Part: Keep Tahoe Bears Wild" Link opens in a new window

Interactive map featuring storm damage to roads in the Pacific Southwest Region.

2019 Road Damage Interactive Map

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