The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northern Sierra Nevada - half way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. On the west side, the forest is characterized by steep, rugged canyons and beautiful rivers amidst dense pines and firs. Lofty peaks along the Sierra crest provide spectacular views. The east side of the forest slopes more gently toward the Nevada border and is somewhat arid with scattered pines and sagebrush. The Tahoe National Forest does NOT include Lake Tahoe.
National Forests are managed to provide a variety of resources including an abundance of outstanding recreation areas. Reducing hazardous fuels, especially near local communities, is one of the primary goals on this National Forest.
The forest is also heavily mineralized with much of it currently claimed for mining activities, including gold. Cattle and sheep are often found grazing during the summer.
The Tahoe National Forest also provides an important wildlife habitat for almost 400 species of wildlife making their homes in the various ecosystems of the forest. An abundance of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish can be found.
The Forest Headquarters are located in Nevada City at 631 Coyote Street. At this location a variety of maps, permits, and other information is available.
Ranger Stations are located in Camptonville, Sierraville, Truckee, and Foresthill, and provide a variety of maps, brochures, and permits.
Yuba River Ranger Station 15924 Highway 49 Camptonville, CA 95922 530-288-3231
Sierraville Ranger Station 317 S Lincoln (Hwy 89N) Sierraville, CA 96126 530-994-3401
Truckee Ranger Station 10811 Stockrest Springs Rd Truckee, CA 96161 530-587-3558
American River Ranger Station 22830 Foresthill Rd Foresthill, CA 95631 530-367-2224