There are only 500 Christmas tree permits remaining from the U.S. Forest Service. They are going fast, so get yours today! See more information on how to obtain a permit and where to find online permits for surrounding forests below.
U.S. Forest Service Permits
This year, the U.S. Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit offered a total of 1,363 permits to cut down Christmas trees on National Forest lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
- As of 11/16, there were 500 permits left.
- Permits are being sold in-person only at our Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Hours: M-F, 8-4:30 p.m.
- There are only three cutting areas in the basin: Fountain Place Road (1201) at the end of Oneidas Street off Pioneer Trail; Lower Barker Pass Road in Blackwood Canyon (15N38) off SR 89; and Baldwin Beach Road (1305) off SR 89. Maps are provided at the time of purchase.
Neighboring Forest Permits
Online permits are available from surrounding forests. You may want to check each website in the morning to ensure permits are still available.
- Eldorado National Forest is sold out.
- The Tahoe National Forest may still have online permits here.
- The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest may still have online permits here.
Keep in mind, if purchasing a tree permit from one of our neighbors, the tree has to be cut on their forest using their maps!