El Dorado National Forest

  • Caldor Fire Area Closure
    on October 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

    To protect public safety it is prohibited to go into or being upon National Forest System lands, roads, or trails in the Caldor Fire area. Forest Order 03-21-19. This is a new order with a reduced footprint.

  • Fire Restrictions Change. Propane Allowed.
    on October 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Fire Restrictions are still in effect under Forest Order 03-21-20. All wood and charcoal fires are prohibited. Propane and gas is allowed as of October 15, 2021.

Tahoe National Forest

  • Toxic Algae Alert
    on October 1, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Samples show Toxic Algae at Oregon Creek, Prosser Creek, Lincoln Creek and Duncan Creek, but may exist elsewhere on the Tahoe National Forest. Stay away from algae and scum in the water. Do NOT let pets go in the water, drink the water, or eat scum on the shore. Keep Children away from algae. Do not eat shellfish from these waterbodies. More information

  • Closure: Interbay Road - FS 96-17 RD
    on September 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Forest Closure on Interbay Road, FS 96-17 RD %3AARRD%3A, from Oct 1-Nov10, 2021. Forest Order - Map

  • Closure: Rattlesnake Road - FS 85 RD
    on July 23, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The FS 85 RD, Rattlesnake Rd, north from Cisco Grove is closed per Forest Order No. 17-21-07. Sterling, Mossy Pond, Fordyce, Upper Lola Montez are all inaccessable by FS 85 RD.

  • Fire Restrictions
    on June 28, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The Tahoe National Forest is currently in FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Click here for details

  • French Meadow: Extreme Winter Weather Rehabilitation and Water Notice
    on May 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The U.S. Forest Service is working on clearing downed trees and assessing damage from a winter wind event near French Meadows. This may result in delayed openings to campgrounds and other recreation facilities. PCWA are currently working on restoring the water systems at French Meadows. Individuals recreating in the area should plan to bring their own water.

  • Sugar Pine Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Wet Weather Management Plan
    on November 6, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Beginning fall of 2020, the Sugar Pine Off-Highway Vehicle %3AOHV%3A Wet Weather Management Plan will be implemented for OHV Roads and Trails on American River Ranger District. This will increase OHV riding opportunities by adopting a more flexible open/close strategy for riding in Foresthill CA. This soil-moisture condition-based approach will help Trail Managers determine when existing OHV roads and trails should be opened or closed in the Sugar Pine Motorized Trail System area. The associated operating plan will minimize resource damage caused by travel during wet weather periods. The removal of the fixed wet weather seasonal closure dates are expected to reduce future sediment delivery and improve water quality. Up to date closure status can be found at the voicemail %3A530%3A-478-6254 x228. During fall and winter months, please check this number frequently to get up to date OHV riding opportunities and closure status

  • Changes to fuelwood program
    on September 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The Tahoe National Forest is changing the personal firewood permits process. Please see the permits page and contact your local ranger district for more information. All calls to the Supervisor's Office regarding fuelwood will be referred to District offices.

  • A Notice to the Public About Prescribed Burning
    on May 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Nevada City, Calif. – The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service, which includes the Tahoe National Forest, is moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit. Previously, the region had postponed prescribed fires to reduce potential smoke impacts to communities while public health officials considered the interactions of smoke with COVID-19 effects; and to ensure our emergency response resources were putting into place proper procedures to mitigate COVID-19 risks. [read more]

  • Outdoor Recreation and COVID-19
    on April 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit


  • Next OHV commission workshop/meeting October 27-28
    by [email protected] (Super User) on October 16, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission will hold a virtual Workshop and meetings October 27 and 28, 2021.  The virtual workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 9 AM to Noon.  Beginning at 1 PM on October 27, 2021, a virtual meeting will begin.  On Thursday, October 28 the Commission will meet virtually at 9 AM.  Attached you will find the following three items: Notice for the workshop and meetings October 27 & 28, 2021 Agenda for the Workshop and Meeting October 27, 2021 9 AM to Noon and 1 PM to completion of Agenda Meeting agenda October 28, 2021 9AM to completion of Agenda   VIRTUAL MEETING REGISTRATION:   Below is the link for to the notice and agendas for the workshop and meetings.  

  • Long-time Cal4Wheel historian Viola Haviland passes away
    by [email protected] (Super User) on October 16, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Viola Haviland, 83, of Mountain Ranch, California, passed away peacefully on October 10, 2021. Vi was raised in the Bay Area, where she graduated from San Lorenzo High School and met and married Art Archer. Afterward, they created Archer Brothers with his brother Garner. She worked in banking, and then together with her daughter Jamie, they founded Wild Things Beads. Love has no age, as she married Burton Haviland in 2008 at the age of 70, and he helped indulge her love of travel during their retirement years. [widgetkit id="82" name="Vi Haviland gallery"] Viola was one of the first women off-road racers. Vi was a historian for Cal4Wheel and a member of the Northern California Bead Society. Throughout her years, she enjoyed square dancing and playing the piano, along with sewing quilts, clothes and wedding dresses. Viola is survived by her husband Burton Haviland, her sister-in-law Bonnie Attleson, her children Jamie and Guy, Annette and Ed, Bruce and Debbie; her stepchildren Donna, Burton Jr., Dwayne, Robert, Angela; and her 25 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sons Garry and Henry. We request all of Viola's loved ones to join us in celebrating her beautiful life on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 254 West Saint Charles Street in San Andreas, CA. Viewing at 8:30-10AM, service 10-11AM.

  • 42nd annual Mojave Road Rendezvous to honor Dennis & Jo Ann Casebier
    by [email protected] (William Creech) on September 10, 2021 at 2:23 am

    This year’s annual Rendezvous event will also serve as the memorial service for MDHCA founder and Mojave historian Dennis and his wife Jo Ann Casebier. Given the significance of what their efforts meant to the off-road exploration and Mojave Desert communities, MDHCA is opening up this year’s Rendezvous to Non-Members as well as Members. Non-Members will be required to pay a $10/person registration fee (you will receive two tickets for the Door Prize drawing) with children 12 and under FREE. You can also opt to become a Member which is $25/yr and covers the immediate family. Saturday night dinner is provided with a suggested donation of $10/person. Rendezvous will take place October 7-10th with trips, onsite Mill demonstrations, presentations, and workshops covering various topics being offered Friday and Saturday, including Blacksmithing as well as an EMHT trip planning workshop. The Memorial Service will be at 3pm on Saturday afternoon followed by dinner and an informal “Tales from the Trail” regarding Dennis and Jo Ann. So, if you have a story to share or just want to hear some – this is your chance. Sunday there will be a field trip to Mitchell Caverns – advanced signup required – this trip incurs a State Park fee of $10/person and space is limited. If that isn’t enough, there will be a Silent Auction, Door Prize drawing, and a Raffle that features a General Tire gift certificate good for any 4 tires, TWO $500 cash prizes, amongst many other very worthwhile prizes. Go to to view the specific events and offerings schedule, sign-up for what interests you, and plan your weekend. You may also call MDHCA at: 760-733-4482. Please email your RSVP to: [email protected] About the Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association The mission of the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association is to research and conserve the natural and cultural history of the Mojave Desert region for the purpose of preserving and sharing these resources in perpetuity. To learn more, visit

  • Introducing BFGoodrich® OnTrail™
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on May 22, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Unlock the world of off-roading with BFGoodrich® OnTrail, an off-roading app that is built to be easy to use and combines public trail information with insights from the BFGoodrich® OnTrail community, professional off-road partners, and professional off-road cartographers. Explore your limits as a driver, discover new trails, and find a community of people dedicated to doing the same. Share data, points-of-interest, photos, and more through BFGoodrich® OnTrail™. In-app missions and challenges let you earn points that add up to real rewards; and everything is backed by the Off-Road experts at BFGoodrich® Tires. BFGoodrich® has created a special offer for Cal4Wheel that includes six months free (total of 18-month membership) and a rebate of up to $100 via Visa® Reward Card ($70 Manufacturer’s Rebate plus $30 OnTrail App Rebate) after online submission with purchase of four (4) new select BFGoodrich® tires. They will also make a donation back to Cal4Wheel for each subscription. Use this link to get started:

  • Win-A-Jeep arrives at its new home
    by [email protected] (Jack Chapman, Cal4Wheel President) on April 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Michael Thornburg was our winner of our raffle vehicle for last year, built by JEP Autoworks. It took some time and effort coordinating the transportation of this rig so that it could be shipped all the way across the United States. This rig has gone from the West Coast to the East Coast. Who would have thought someone in North Carolina would have been the lucky winner?

  • Four of five bylaw proposals fail
    by [email protected] (Don Spuhler, Bylaws Chair) on March 21, 2021 at 4:31 am

    There were five bylaw proposals submitted in 2020 for the 2021 annual meeting. The requirement for any to pass is a ‘yes’ vote by 2/3 of the delegates present at the annual meeting.

  • Proposals requested for natural resource consultant
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on March 19, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    OBJECTIVE: To find an NRC (Natural Resource Consultant) who will provide consulting services for Cal4Wheel regarding current issues involving California lands available for OHV through research and analysis of pending city, county, state, and government agency action, including but not limited to National Forests and BLM properties. The prospective NRC shall advise the Association of OHV/land use issues and provide recommendations regarding where resources should be expended. The successful contractor must be able to effectively communicate with government agencies and other OHV organizations to promote the Association’s land use positions.

  • Convention 2021 Update
    by [email protected] (Jack Chapman, Cal4Wheel President) on February 24, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    The California Four Wheel Drive Association conducted its 62nd annual Convention this last weekend. As with many things this year, it was forced to be done for the most part electronically. It was certainly a new experience, but the technological experience of our staff and the patience of our members made for a fun and productive event. My special thanks go to Convention Chair Bonnie Ferguson for maintaining flexibility through the planning process and implementation of this hybrid undertaking. The highlight of Convention is always the Raffle Vehicle Program and the giveaway of our fantastic vehicle each year. In November, with the cancellation of so many of our events and possible display locations, it appeared that this program was in deep jeopardy. Through the combined work of the committee and many volunteers, the program roared back and finished with the highest gross sales of any vehicle in our history. There will certainly be more detail about all of this published in the upcoming In Gear. Please look for all the specifics, along with the story of the winner, who happens to be from North Carolina!

  • Run Report: WOW Winter Fun & Folly
    by [email protected] (Shirley Bramham) on February 15, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    WOW!! Might I say we had a great time!! Women Out Wheeling (WOW) had their Winter Fun & Folly club run January 23 and 24 in the Grass Valley area. Weather was gorgeous! …and there was a light snowfall on Friday which made for light fluffy snow.

  • New Death Valley Experience event launched!
    by [email protected] (Super User) on February 5, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    The California Four Wheel Drive Association is happy to announce our inaugural Death Valley Experience event March 10-14, 2021.