Plan accordingly for the Fourth of July |

Plan accordingly for the Fourth of July

Possession of fireworks of any kind, including firecrackers and sparklers, is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Campfires or portable charcoal grills are not permitted on National Forest beaches or in the general forest. For those planning to barbecue on the beach, bring portable gas grills instead of charcoal. This will reduce the danger of wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin. A hot ember can travel for miles in the wind and it only takes one small spark to ignite a large wildfire. The Forest Service anticipates additional fire restrictions will be in place by the holiday weekend.

The annual alcohol ban will be in effect at Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort, and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate) from 6 a.m. to midnight on July Fourth. The Forest Order and maps will be posted at Additionally, county and state laws ban the possession or consumption of alcohol on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows and Chamber’s Landing Beach on the West Shore, beginning July 1 and continuing through July 6. These areas will be patrolled by law enforcement personnel from the Forest Service, Douglas and Placer counties, the Carson City Sheriff’s Department and private security staff.

Day-use fees for the Fourth of July at Pope, Baldwin, and Nevada beaches will cost $20 and at Zephyr Cove Beach $25 to cover increased security and facility maintenance costs of the holiday.

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