Forest Service to open some recreation facilities early

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will open some recreational facilities on April 1 for the 2015 season.  “With the spring-like weather we’ve been having, we’re shifting Forest resources to open gates and parking areas to provide access to our beaches, trails and roads, said Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais. “We’re not able to fully staff these sites until closer to our typical season, so we’re asking for your help in keeping these sites clean and safe.”

Until sites officially open, there is no parking, trash removal or restroom facilities available.  Be sure to pack out all trash and where pets are allowed, clean up after your animal.  Until parking lots open, please park your vehicle off the roadway, avoid parking on vegetation, and do not block access gates.

Eagle Falls parking area, Inspiration Point, Kiva Picnic area, Tallac Point day-use area, Big Meadows Trailhead, Logan Shoals and Secret Harbor open April 1, 2015.  Baldwin and Nevada beaches open May 1, 2015.  The McKinney Rubicon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area, Sawmill Pond, the Sandpit OHV area, Nevada Beach Campground and Chimney Beach open May 8, 2015.  William Kent, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Bayview and Fallen Leaf beaches and campgrounds open May 15, 2015.  Luther Pass Campground and Pope Beach open May 22, 2015, and Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds open June 1, 2015.

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Secret Harbor – Lake Tahoe

 

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center parking area, grounds and restrooms open May 15, 2015.  The Visitor Center and Baldwin Museum at the Tallac Historic Site will be staffed beginning Saturday, May 23, 2015, for Memorial Day weekend.

Before recreation sites 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.

For a complete list of opening dates, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/OpeningClosingDates or for more information, call the Forest Supervisor’s office at (530) 543-2694, Monday through Fridayfrom 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.