SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. Oct. 26, 2018 – The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has begun closing recreational facilities around the Tahoe Basin for the winter season. Seasonal closures apply to many Forest Service recreation sites including beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas and forest roads.

Campgrounds, day-use areas and beaches on National Forest lands managed by Tahoe Recreation, a division of California Land Management, closed on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Campgrounds closed include Bayview, Fallen Leaf, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Nevada Beach and William Kent. Day-use areas and beaches closed include Baldwin, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Nevada Beach, Pope and William Kent. Blackwood Canyon, Luther Pass and Watson Lake campgrounds close on November 15, 2018, and Zephyr Cove Resort Campground remains open year-round. For a complete list of site closure dates, visit

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Kiva Picnic Area are open daily through October 28 and the Tallac Historic Site closed for the season at the end of September. Please be aware that bears are highly active at this time in the Taylor Creek area. Keep your distance from bears, leave food and other scented items at home, stay on the trails and help protect bear habitat and salmon eggs by not entering Taylor Creek.

Forest roads generally begin closing in mid-November for public safety and resource protection. For specific forest road closing dates, consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map at

Although facilities on National Forest lands at Lake Tahoe close for the winter season, the grounds and lake access remain open year-round. During winter month closures, services such as water, restrooms and trash collection are not available. When accessing these areas in the winter, be sure to pack out your garbage, park legally and do not block closed gates.