The USDA Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has begun the process of opening National Forest recreation sites, roads, and gates in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Weather and conditions permitting, planned opening dates for recreation sites can be found under the Recreation Conditions Report found here.
Roads and gates generally begin to open on the dates shown in the motor vehicle usage maps found here.
Before recreation sites, roads and gates can be fully opened to the public, the LTBMU must hire seasonal crews and staff, clean up after winter, remove safety hazards and wait for the danger of frost to pass. passed before opening the water systems.
Visitors to the National Forest should always exercise caution and remain aware of their surroundings when enjoying the outdoors. Hazards to watch out for include trees that may have died recently due to the impacts of drought, disease, or beetle infestation and/or that have suffered damage over the winter, including broken limbs and/or damaged trunks.
Keep in mind that the Recreation Area grounds are open year-round, but until the sites officially open, there is no parking, trash pickup, or restrooms available. Be sure to take out all rubbish and, where pets are allowed, always clean up after them. Until the parking lots open, park vehicles off the road, avoid parking on vegetation and do not block access barriers.