The Tahoe has campsites available for nearly every desire and need, from small, primitive campgrounds, with outhouse and table, to large, more highly developed sites, with paved roads, handicapped accessibility, and flush toilets. Many sites are reservable. Group camps can be found throughout the Forest. These sites have capacities for groups of 25-100 people.
The Tahoe National Forest is a popular fishing destination; in fact, it receives more anglers yearly than any other National Forest in California. Some of the best reservoir fishing can be found at Sugar Pine or French Meadows on the Foresthill District, Bullard's Bar on the Downieville District, Jackson Meadows on the Sierraville District, or in Prosser, Boca, or Stampede reservoirs on the Truckee District. Terrific stream fishing can be found in the waters of the South Yuba, the North Yuba, Truckee, or the Middle and North Forks of the American rivers. The North Fork of the American has been designated by the State as a wild trout stream.
Over 500 miles of trails can be found on the Forest, ranging in elevation from the top of Mt. Lola (over 9,000') on the Sierraville District to the North Fork American River on the Foresthill District (1,500'). Some trails, such as a portion of the Sugar Pine Trail on the Foresthill District, are designed for wheelchair accessibility. The most famous trail on the Tahoe National Forest is probably the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail which leads through the Forest. The low country of the Forest has some wonderful hiking opportunities in the winter.
The rivers of the Tahoe, including the North and Middle Forks of the American, the North Yuba and the Truckee, are popular rafting rivers for people of all skill levels.
There are several areas designated specifically for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. The most popular of these is the Foresthill OHV system, some 85 miles of trails built for motorcycle and ATV use. Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts will find challenging terrain at Fordyce Creek on the Nevada City Ranger District.
Some of the finest ski areas in the Western United States are located on the Tahoe National Forest, and the Donner Summit area is famous for having the deepest snows in the United States. Downhill ski and snowboard areas on the Forest include Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Donner Ski Ranch, Squaw Valley, and Sugar Bowl. The Forest has many areas for backcountry skiing along I-80, SR 89, and other roads on the Forest.