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Forest Service announces opening dates for Lake Tahoe recreation areas

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While state parks in Douglas County are open year around, spring will bring more recreational opportunities when the U.S. Forest Service opens its beaches and campgrounds.

Lake Tahoe's Nevada Beach is expected to open at the end of this month, according to the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Located near Elks Point in Douglas County's portion of the Basin, the beach is scheduled to open April 28.

Depending on weather and snow conditions, Inspiration Point will be the first site to open on Saturday.

Baldwin Beach, not far from Tallac Point in South Lake Tahoe, is also scheduled to open April 28.

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center opens May 25. The Tallac Historic Site parking area opens May 15, and will be staffed beginning May 26.

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Before Forest Service recreation sites can fully open to the public, crews and staff will be hired to 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.

On May 1, Cave Rock Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park hours extend to 8 p.m. every day. Spooner Lake State Park is open sunrise to sunset 365 days a year.

National forest visitors should always exercise caution and stay aware of their surroundings as they enjoy the outdoors. Hazards to watch for include trees that may have recently died due to drought impacts, disease or beetle infestation and/or have sustained damage over the winter, including broken limbs and/or damaged trunks.

Keep in mind, recreation area grounds are open year-round, but until sites officially open, there is no parking, trash removal or restroom facilities available. Be sure to pack out all trash and where pets are allowed, always clean up after your animal.

Until parking lots open, please park your vehicle off the roadway, avoid parking on vegetation, and do not block access gates.

For a complete list of opening dates, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/recareas.

Forest Service openings

Campgrounds

Round Hill Pines Resort – May 10

Meeks Bay Resort, William Kent, Kaspian, Meeks Bay, Bayview, Fallen Leaf, and Nevada Beach campgrounds – May 11

Camp Richardson RV Park, Luther Pass Campground and Angora Resort – May 25

Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds – June 1

Camp Richardson’s Eagles Nest and Badgers Den campgrounds – June 11

Day-use Areas

Baldwin and Nevada beaches – April 28

Chimney Beach and Secret Harbor – May 1

Sandpit Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area – May 10

Eagle Falls restrooms, Kiva Picnic Area, McKinney Rubicon Trailhead restrooms, Sawmill Pond and Tallac Point – May 15

Big Meadow Trailhead – May 25

Pope Beach – May 26