Paddle Proud

Help us reduce our paddle print and protect Lake Tahoe while you play.  Become a Tahoe Keeper and join Eyes on the Lake.

Help Take Care of Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is a spectacular and sensitive environment which we are entrusted to protect.

Keep in mind the following tips to protect wildlife, preserve fragile shoreline vegetation, prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, and respect private landowner rights.

Tahoe Yellow Cress is only found on the sandy beaches of Lake Tahoe and no where else in the world!  Help protect our beloved native plant and other fragile shoreline vegetation by not dragging your boats and boards over or stepping on any shoreline vegetation. Visit to learn more, and find a map More Tahoe yellow cress Information

Protect While You Play

Eyes on the Lake

Protect Lake Tahoe From Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) contribute to the decline of Lake Tahoe’s famous water clarity. Invaders spread through the transport of water and/or debris that can collect in cockpits and hatches, cling to outer hulls, rudders and paddles. Spreading AIS violates local, state, and federal laws.

Self-Inspect and Decontaminate: The Tahoe Keepers program demonstrates how to Clean, Drain and Dry your watercraft and gear every time you haul out and move between water bodies. This is important if you bring your boat to Tahoe, or if you move it between waterways within the Tahoe Region. It only takes a few minutes to protect Tahoe and your gear.

CLEAN your watercraft with pressurized water, removing all dirt, plant, and animal material from your rudder, hull, cockpit, and fishing gear.

DRAIN the water from your hatches and cockpits on land before you leave the immediate area.

DRY your kayak before launching it again.

Learn more and join the Tahoe Keepers stewardship community at or call 1-888-824-6267 for the AIS hotline.

Share the Trail:

  • Respect private landowner’s rights. Do not land on private property. Read More About How to Respect Private Property.
  • Reduce sound level around Osprey nests and wildlife, do not approach or feed wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other users, and share the trail.
 Adopt Leave No Trace principles and protect our fragile shoreline.

  1. Plan ahead and prepare. Check weather, winds, and marine forecasts.
  2. Camp in designated campgrounds only.
  3. Dispose of waste properly, including dog poop bags.
  4. Leave what you find. Take only photos.
  5. Campfires are ONLY permitted in established campgrounds or day use areas only. Check seasonal fire restrictions.
  6. Respect and enjoy wildlife from afar.

Read More About Leave No Trace