US Forest Service COVID-19 South Lake Tahoe

April 15, 2020 – In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health and safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the USDA Forest Service Tahoe Basin Management Unit will temporarily close national forest recreation sites and areas in the South Shore Recreation Corridor effective April 13 through April 20, 2020. Follow the link below to view the forest order and read the entire news release at

South Lake Tahoe recreation sites and areas impacted by the temporary closure include the following:

  • Pope-Baldwin National Recreation Bike Path.
  • Pope Beach
  • Camp Richardson Resort.
  • Camp Richardson Corral.
  • Fallen Leaf Campground/Beach.
  • Kiva Picnic Area/Beach.
  • Kiva Beach/Tallac Point.
  • Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
  • Baldwin Beach.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of no more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both per 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.

To protect public health, all people enjoying open areas of national forest near their neighborhoods are encouraged to:

  • Avoid visiting the forest if you’re sick and or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing.
  • If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location.
  • Take your trash with you when you leave.
  • Use the restroom before or after your visit. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for visitors and staff members.


For more information on COVID-19 in South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County, please follow these links.

  • El Dorado County Map – Tahoe Region. Click Here.
  • El Dorado County Main COVID-19 Information. Click Here.
  • US Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Click Here.
  • CDC – Centers for Disease Control. Click Here.

Stay Safe and Stay Home! Tahoe will see everyone soon!

US Forest Services Temporary Closure South Tahoe

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