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

Forest Service

Campgrounds, picnic areas, and beach facilities on National Forest lands managed by Tahoe Recreation, a division of Vista Recreation (formerly California Land Management) will close at the end of the day on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. Inspiration Point is scheduled to close on Nov. 30.

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center closes on Monday, Oct. 24; the Tallac Historic Site Museum closed on Monday, Oct. 3; and the Pope House tours ended in mid-Sep. Please be aware that bears may be highly active in the Highway 89 corridor during this time of year. Always keep your distance from bears, leave food and other scented items at home and stay on the trails.

For public safety and resource protection, forest roads generally begin closing in mid-November. For specific closing dates, consult the LTBMU Motor Vehicle Use Maps.

Although facilities close for the winter season, National Forest grounds and lake access remain open year-round. During winter months, 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 and everything you bring in and use, park legally and do not block closed gates. For more, visit

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.

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:

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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