photo of Donner Lake

Forest Service around Donner Summit

Tahoe National Forest


The Tahoe National Forest is divided into four Ranger Districts: American River Ranger District, Sierraville Ranger District, Truckee Ranger District, and Yuba River Ranger District. The Lake Tahoe area is managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.


Tahoe National Forest Service


Permits

Campfire permits, Christmas tree permits, forest product permits, e.g. mushrooms, pinecones; wilderness permits, woodcutting permits, recreation passes, e.g. senior passes.

Publications

Maps, brochures

Online

Available for download: maps of Yuba River, American River, Sierraville area, Truckee area
Brochures such as Boca Township Trail, Common Trees of the forest, wildlife, bears

Tahoe National Forest Offices


631 Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-4531

American River Ranger District

22830 Foresthill Road, Foresthill, CA 95631
(530) 367-2224

Sierraville Ranger District

317 So. Lincoln St./PO Box 95, Sierraville CA 96126
(530) 994-3401

Truckee Ranger District

10811 Stockrest Springs Road, Truckee CA 96161
(530) 587-3558

Yuba River Ranger District

15924 Highway 49, Camptonville CA 95922
(530) 288-3231 or 478-6253

Big Bend

Ranger Station and Visitor Center


The first ranger station was constructed at Big Bend around 1912. The area had become a popular stopping spot for those traveling over Donner Summit ever since members of the Stevens-Townsend-Murphy Party set up camp there after crossing the pass in the winter of 1844.

In the 1930s the Forest Service added a fire station, two residences, and a barn. Then in the 1960s a new ranger station was built and used as the district office until 1971. At that time the building was converted to a visitors center. In 2012 work began on a new visitor center which replaced the old one.

Tahoe Basin Management Unit


35 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 543-2600
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit includes about 190,000 acres around Lake Tahoe, both in Nevada and California. They are responsible for the conservation, preservation and restoration of the Lake Tahoe watershed ecosystem within Forest Service lands.

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