Water Trail Tips

Play it Safe. Take Care.

  1. It’s a big, deep lake and cold, even on the hottest day of summer. Be prepared for an emergency.
  2. Before you get on Lake Tahoe, ALWAYS check the daily weather and water conditions at Lake Tahoe marine forecast and LT wind and weather forecast.
  3. Beware of cold water shock and hypothermia. Dress for water temperature.

    Look for new LTWT Signs with paddle routes at 20 public beaches.

  4. Always wear your life jacket and SUP leash.
  5. Carry a whistle and flashlight, and your cell phone.
  6. Know how to self rescue.
  7. Notify someone of your itinerary. Use our Day Trip Maps
  8. Boating regulations require all adults to carry a life vest and all children 12 years old and younger MUST wear a life vest in all vessels, including kayaks and SUPs.
  9. Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds.
  10. Fires are permitted only in established campgrounds or day use areas. Check fire restrictions.
  11. Respect private property.
  12. Dispose of waste properly, including dog poop bags.
  13. Leave what you find. Take only photos.  Leave No Trace.
  14. Respect and enjoy wildlife from afar.
  15. Watch your step.  The small fragile Tahoe Yellow Cress mustard plant only grows on the sandy beaches of Lake Tahoe and nowhere else in the world.  Please avoid walking or dragging your boats and boards over any shoreline vegetation.
  16. Before you launch, make sure your gear is Clean, Drained and Dry to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that can ruin the clarity and health of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding lakes.  Learn how to self-inspect and decontaminate your gear at www.TahoeKeepers.com or better yet, rent gear from a local paddle shop.