US Forest Service announces planned opening dates for facilities in Lake Tahoe Basin | SierraSun.com

US Forest Service announces planned opening dates for facilities in Lake Tahoe Basin

Staff Report
A deserted Bladwin Beach.
Ryan Hoffman / Provided

The Forest Service has announced targeted opening dates for recreational facilities in the Lake Tahoe Basin this summer.

Weather and snow conditions permitting, Baldwin and Nevada beaches will be the first sites to open on Saturday, April 27, according to the Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center opens Saturday, May 25. The Tallac Historic Site parking area opens Monday, May 13, and will be staffed beginning Saturday, May 25.

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

Campgrounds/Resorts

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, according to the Forest Service.

Forest visitors should exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings as they enjoy the outdoors. Hazards to watch for include trees that may have recently died and/or sustained damage over the winter.

While recreation area grounds are open year-round, but parking, trash removal and restroom facilities are not available during winter. The Forest Service instructs visitors 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. 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, the Forest Service said. Plan accordingly and carpool, take public transportation or develop alternate transportation solutions.

For a complete list of opening dates, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/recareas.