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

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The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will soon begin opening recreational facilities and campgrounds in the Lake Tahoe Basin.  Weather and snow conditions permitting, Inspiration Point will be the first site to open on April 14, 2018.  The Taylor Creek Visitor Center opens May 25, 2018, and will be staffed weekends only until Memorial Day weekend.  The Tallac Historic Site parking area opens May 15, 2018, and will be staffed beginning Saturday, May 26, 2018.

“The Forest Service is aware of the public’s desire to access Lake Tahoe Basin recreation sites as early as possible,” said LTBMU Deputy Forest Supervisor, Teresa McClung. “We make every effort to open sites when they are safe for the public, wildlife and natural resources can be protected, and we have adequate staffing.”

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

Fallen Leaf Lake Campground


  • William Kent, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Bayview, Fallen Leaf, and Nevada Beach campgrounds open May 11, 2018.
  • Camp Richardson RV Park, Angora Resort and Luther Pass Campground opens May 25, 2018.
  • Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds open June 1, 2018.

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Day-use Areas

Before recreation sites can be fully opened 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.

Until sites officially open, there is no parking, trash removal or restroom facilities available.  Be sure to pack out all trash and where pets are allowed, always clean up after your animal.  Until parking lots open, please park your vehicle off the roadway, avoid parking on vegetation, and do not block access gates.

For a complete list of opening dates, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/.

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.  

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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