Those planning to attend Fourth of July festivities at Tahoe – the lake’s busiest holiday – are being urged to help reduce the risk of wildfire.
The U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit reminds residents and visitors that:
▪ 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.
▪ Those planning to barbecue on the beach should bring portable gas grills instead of charcoal.
▪ Forest Service officials anticipate additional fire restrictions will be in place by the holiday weekend. Go to www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/FireRestrictions for updates.
The following annual alcohol bans will be in effect on various days through the holiday:
▪ Wednesday through July 6, alcohol consumption or possession will be illegal on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows, and at Chamber’s Landing Beach at west Lake Tahoe.
▪ From 6 a.m. to midnight July 4, alcohol will be banned at Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate).
Public transportation is encouraged due to heavy holiday traffic and road construction.
In addition to the local TART bus system, the Nifty Fifty Trolley stops at National Forest beaches along the south and west shores of Lake Tahoe.
At developed recreation sites, such as Kiva, Tallac Historic Site, Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Echo Lake and Angora Lake resorts, parking is allowed only in designated parking spaces inside parking lots, not along the roadway.
Where parking on the side of the road is allowed, drivers should be careful not to park on vegetation, which can spark a fire.
To cover increased security and maintenance during the holiday, day-use fees will be increased to $20 at Pope, Baldwin, and Nevada beaches and to $25 at Zephyr Cove Beach.