United States Department of Agriculture
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (America's Great Outdoors)
Welcome to the Lake Tahoe Basin -- a beautiful land of high peaks, broad valleys, shady forests, and delicate meadows surrounding the largest high-altitude lake in North America, Lake Tahoe. With miles of shoreline, excellent hiking trails, superb skiing, and world-class resort facilities, the Lake Tahoe Basin offers something for everyone.
The Forest Service established the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in 1973 to protect Lake Tahoe's water quality by specially managing the National Forest Lands in the Basin surrounding the Lake. Lake Tahoe is the largest high-altitude lake of its size in the United States, with an average surface elevation of 6,225'. The lake's shoreline is 72 miles long. The lake itself is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide.
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit provides information on dog regulations, fire safety, landscape formation, points of interest, frequently asked questions, Native American and pioneer history, heritage resource etiquette, wilderness etiquette, recreation activities, trail systems, and mountain safety. Also included are a table of Forest Service Recreation Sites, an Index to Topographic Maps (7.5' series), and an inset map of the Pope-Baldwin Recreation Area. The map also displays color photographs of points of interest and activities.
The map covers the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the Tahoe National Forest, El Dorado National Forest, and Toiyabe National Forest on both sides of the California-Nevada border, and the scale is generally ½ inch per mile (1:126,720).
- Two-sided, self-cover, paper/non-laminated folded map.