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Opening & Closing dates for Campgrounds, Beaches, and Forest Roads at Tahoe South

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The Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, has announced targeted opening dates for recreational facilities in the Lake Tahoe Basin this season.

Weather and snow conditions permitting, Baldwin and Nevada beaches will be the first sites to open on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center opens Saturday, May 25, 2019. The Tallac Historic Site parking area opens Monday, May 13, 2019, and will be staffed beginning May 25.

The following is a list of opening/service dates, weather and snow conditions permitting:

Fallen Leaf Lake Campground


  • Round Hill Pines Resort – May 15 - Oct 1
  • Meeks Bay Resort, William Kent, Kaspian – May 23 - Oct 13
  • Fallen Leaf, and Nevada Beach campgrounds – May 10 - Oct 13
  • Camp Richardson RV Park, Eagles Nest, and Badgers Den campgrounds – May 24 - Oct 6 and RV Park Thru Oct 27
  • Luther Pass Campground and Angora Resort – May 25 - Nov 15
  • Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds – June 1 - Nov 15

Hammock South Lake Tahoe Camping

South Lake Tahoe Camping | Photo: @keeptahoe.local

Day-Use Areas

Before recreation sites can fully open to the public, the Forest Service must hire crews and staff to manage the sites, clean up from winter, remove safety hazards and wait for the danger of a freeze to pass before turning on water systems, according to the agency.

Forest visitors should exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings as they enjoy the outdoors. Hazards to watch for include trees that may have recently died and/or sustained damage over the winter.

While recreation area grounds are open year-round, but parking, trash removal and restroom facilities are not available during winter. The Forest Service instructs visitors to pack out all trash and until parking areas open, park your vehicle off the roadway, avoid parking on vegetation and do not block access gates.

Pets are not allowed on designated swim beaches. Only leashed, service dogs are allowed entry to developed beaches. The Forest Service reminds dog owners to always clean up after their animal, including properly disposing of pet waste bags.

Tahoe beaches are popular and parking areas tend to fill up quickly when weather conditions are good, per the Forest Service. Plan accordingly and carpool, take public transportation or develop alternate transportation solutions.

Click here for a complete list of planned opening dates.

For more information, contact the Forest Supervisor’s office at 530-543-2600, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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