The Tahoe County Bureau of Land Management’s official study released today shows that the Tahoe Basin has lost nearly 3,600 acres in recreational activity since the end of 2020.
The study shows that between the years of 2016 and 2021, more than 1,100 people were killed by grizzly bears, with nearly a quarter of those killed on or near the lake.
The Tahoe Valley, which stretches from Lake Tahoe in the west to the Nevada border in the north, is a popular recreation area for many families and includes several popular campsites.
But this fall, the number of recreational campsites in the Tahoe Basin has declined by more than 2,000, or about 4 percent.
The report also shows that more than 90 percent of the state’s public recreation sites are either closed or have less than 5 percent of their occupancy.
Those sites, including water, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, have a combined annual visitation of more than 3.2 million people, according the study.
The state has also seen a decline in visitors to the area since the early 2020s.
In 2019, there were more than 14 million visitors, according a new report from the Bureau of Tourism.
In 2020, the state lost more than 7 million people.
The numbers for recreation in the basin are not quite as bad as they were in the mid-1990s, when the population hit its peak.
But they still represent a significant drop from the peak.
The report notes that the area saw nearly 9 million visitors in 2015, with a decline of 2.8 percent.