USFS sets opening dates for rec sites
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is opening some recreation facilities early this season, but William Kent Campground will remain closed for construction.
Inspiration Point, Logan Shoals, Chimney Beach and Secret Harbor open April 21 while Sawmill Pond and Sandpit OHV areas open May 1. Baldwin Beach and Nevada Beach and Campground open May 9.
Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Bayview and Fallen Leaf campgrounds open May 16. Taylor Creek Visitor Center, Tallac Historic Site and Kiva picnic area open May 24. Luther Pass Campground opens May 25 and Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake open June 1.
William Kent Campground on the West Shore will remain closed for construction during the 2014 season, USFS said. Beach and day use sites will be closed for part of the season.
Work in the campground includes installation of best management practices to reduce the amount of storm water runoff and sediment reaching Lake Tahoe.
Other projects reconfigure the entrance road, relocate the check-in kiosk and move camps from a stream environment zone. Relocated campsites will meet accessibility standards. The stream zone will be restored and some utilities in the campground will be upgraded.
At William Kent beach and day use area, stormwater drains will be redesigned to reduce the volume and rate of stormwater flows.
Work on the William Kent campground is expected to be finished in 2014. Work on beach and day use areas might extend into 2015 depending on weather and water levels. Work in either location generally will not occur on weekends, the USFS said.
Other camping options on the West Shore are Meeks Bay Campground and Meeks Bay Resort and Silver Creek, Goose Meadows and Granite Flat campgrounds along the Highway 89 Truckee River corridor.
Before recreation sites open, USFS must hire crews to manage and staff the sites, clean up from winter, remove safety hazards and turn on water systems.
There is no parking, trash removal or restroom facilities until sites open. People who visit the sites before then are asked to park off the roadway without parking on vegetation or blocking access gates. They also are asked to pack out all trash and clean up after pets.
Forest roads generally open between mid-May and June 1. For specific opening dates, consult the motor vehicle use map at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TravelManagement