As the last of the snow melts in the South Shore, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin opening recreational facilities around the basin.
Here’s a list of some popular recreation sites scheduled to open soon:
MAY 10: Chimney Beach; Eagle Falls; Inspiration Point; Kiva Picnic Area; Secret Harbor
MID-MAY: William Kent beach and campground
MAY 15: Sawmill Pond Picnic Area
MAY 17: Baldwin Beach; Bayview campground and trailhead; Fallen Leaf Campground; Meeks Bay beach and campground; Nevada beach and campground
MAY 18: Meeks Bay Resort
MAY 24: Camp Richardson RV camping; Pope Beach
MAY 25 / MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Angora Lookout; Big Meadow Trailhead; Tallac Historic Site; Taylor Creek Visitor Center
JUNE 14: Camp Richardson regular camping
MID-JUNE: Angora Lakes Resort
Campgrounds, beaches and forest roads generally open in mid-May, weather permitting. Before recreation sites can open to the public, the Forest Service must hire crews to staff and 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 a press release.
Parking, trash removal and restroom facilities will remain closed until the recreation sites officially open. Until the parking lots open, please park your vehicle off the roadway, avoid parking on vegetation, and do not block access gates, the release stated.
For a complete list of projected opening dates, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/RecAreaStatus, or call the Forest Supervisor’s office at 530-543-2694, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.