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

Forest Service
Baldwin Beach, Inspiration Point, Kiva Picnic area and Nevada Beach are now open for the season.
As a reminder, wood and charcoal fires are not permitted in these locations.
Gas appliances with an on/off switch are allowed with a valid CA Campfire Permit. National Forest campgrounds open May 14, 2021. National Forest gates and roads begin opening on May 15, 2021.

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Campgrounds, Beaches and Forest Road Opening Dates

All National Forest trails, trailheads, and lands in the Tahoe Basin are open.

Recreation Site Status Map

The snow is melting at recreation areas around Lake Tahoe and with warmer days ahead, many of them are beginning the opening process. Crews from USFS – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit are accessing any winter damage to vegetation or structures, which may delay opening in some locations.

The gates to Tallac Historic Site and Kiva Picnic Area are now open, but the gate to Kiva Beach is not open. The historic site buildings will open on Memorial Day Weekend but the public can now walk around the grounds.

Round Hill Pines is open. May 1st-15th non-motorized toys are available and beginning May 15, full marina operations will be available.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park – gates are open.

Inspiration Point and Baldwin Beach are open.

National Forest gates and roads begin opening on May 15, 2021.

Please note, it is possible not all facilities at these day sites are open, or trash pick up is available. Please pack out what is brought in.


Lake Tahoe – East Shore area
Nevada Beach Campground and Day Use Pavilion
– Beach is open, campground opens on May 14
Zephyr Cove Day Use Area
– Open
Zephyr Cove Resort & Campground
– Open

Lake Tahoe – South Shore area
Bayview Campground
– Closed
Camp Richardson
– Campground/RV Village scheduled to open May 24, 2021
Camp Shelly
– Camp Shelly is generally open early-June
Fallen Leaf Campground
– Opens May 14, 2021

Lake Tahoe – West Shore area
DL Bliss State Park Campground
– Opens May 27, 2021
Sugar Pine State Park
– Opens May 25, 2021
Kaspian Campground
– Opens May 14, 2021
Meeks Bay Campground
– Opens May 14, 2021
Meeks Bay Day Use Area
– Opens May 14, 2021
Meeks Bay Resort
– Opens May 14, 2021
William Kent Campground
– Opens May 14, 2021
William Kent Day Use Area
– Opens May 14, 2021

National Forest lands at Lake Tahoe are under year-round fire restrictions. Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed in open, developed campgrounds. At the beaches,
wood and charcoal fires are not permitted. Gas appliances with an on/off switch are allowed with a valid CA Campfire Permit.

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.

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 your 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.
Do your part Forest Service Lake Tahoe

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.

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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