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Forest Service announces Tahoe Basin recreation area opening dates

Written by Charlie Pankey

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.– The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will soon begin the process of opening recreational facilities in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Weather and snow conditions permitting, Baldwin and Nevada beaches will be the first sites to open on Sat., Apr. 27, 2019. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center opens Sat., May 25. The Tallac Historic Site parking area opens Mon., May 13, and will be staffed beginning Sat., May 25.

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


·         Round Hill Pines Resort – May 11

·         Meeks Bay Resort, William Kent, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Bayview, Fallen Leaf, and Nevada Beach campgrounds – May 10

·         Camp Richardson RV Park, Eagles Nest and Badgers Den campgrounds – May 24

·         Luther Pass Campground and Angora Resort – May 25

·         Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds – June 1

Day-use Areas

·         Baldwin and Nevada beaches – April 27

·         Chimney Beach and Secret Harbor – May 15

·         Sandpit Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area – May 10

·         Eagle Falls restrooms, Kiva Picnic Area, McKinney Rubicon Trailhead restrooms, Sawmill Pond and Tallac Point – May 15

·         Big Meadow Trailhead and Pope Beach – May 25

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.

National Forest visitors should always exercise caution and stay aware of their surroundings as they enjoy the outdoors. Hazards to watch for include trees that may have recently died due to drought impacts, disease or beetle infestation and/or have sustained damage over the winter, including broken limbs and/or damaged trunks.

Recreation area grounds are open year-round, but until sites officially open, there is no parking, trash removal or restroom facilities available. Be sure 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. Always clean up after your animal, including properly disposing of pet waste bags to help keep your National Forest lands beautiful and litter-free!

Finally, please keep in mind, Tahoe beaches are popular and parking areas tend to fill up quickly when weather conditions are good. Please plan accordingly and carpool, take public transportation or develop alternate transportation solutions.

For a complete list of opening dates, visit


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.

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