Winter Update from USDA Forest Service: National Forest facilities in Lake Tahoe Basin closing for season

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has begun closing recreational facilities for the winter season. Seasonal closures apply to many National Forest recreation sites in the Tahoe Basin including beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas and forest roads.

Campgrounds, day-use areas and beaches managed by Tahoe Recreation, a division of California Land Management, closed Oct. 18, 2020. Campgrounds closed include Bayview, Fallen Leaf, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Nevada Beach and William Kent. Day-use areas and beaches closed include Baldwin, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Nevada Beach, Pope and William Kent. In addition, Blackwood Canyon, Luther Pass and Watson Lake campgrounds are closed for the season.

Angora Lakes, Echo Chalet, Meeks Bay and Round Hill Pines Beach resorts have closed. Camp Richardson and Zephyr Cove resorts remain open.  

Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the Tallac Historic Site are also closed for the season. 

National Forest roads begin closing in mid-November for public safety and resource protection. For a list of forest road closing and opening dates, visit https://go.usa.gov/xPnXQ

Although facilities and roads close for the season, all National Forest lands including beaches, trails and trailheads remain open year-round, but services such as parking, restrooms, snow removal, water and trash collection are unavailable. When accessing these areas during winter, be sure to pack out all garbage, park legally and do not block closed gates.

As a reminder, emergency camping restrictions are in effect through November due to dangerous wildfire conditions. Camping or overnighting is prohibited in all wilderness and backcountry areas including Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country and the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim trails. View the Forest Order at https://go.usa.gov/xGsFf

Emergency fire restrictions remain in effect across all National Forest lands in California, including the CA and NV sides of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Smoking and all recreational fires, including campfires, bonfires, warming fires, wood fires, charcoal fires, or any other kind of outdoor fires, involving solid fuels are prohibited. View the Forest Order at https://go.usa.gov/x7W7M.  

Wildfire preparedness and prevention are everyone’s responsibility! It’s not a matter of “IF” the next wildfire will occur, it’s a matter of “WHEN.” Learn how to prepare for and prevent the next wildfire at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/ and https://www.readyforwildfire.org/

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The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.