Originated in 2003 by the California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy), the Lake Tahoe Water Trail (Water Trail) is a designated water route along the 72-mile shoreline that connects public launch/landing sites to help paddlers have a safe, responsible, and fun recreation experience while practicing good stewardship that protects the watershed. In 2015, the Conservancy selected the Sierra Business Council (SBC) to help manage, develop, and promote the Water Trail.

Sierra Business Council (SBC) is a private nonprofit corporation founded in 1994 focused on innovative social, environmental and economic development in the Sierra Nevada. SBC represents more than 700 small businesses, agencies, and individuals working to secure the social, environmental and financial health of the Sierra Nevada region for this and future generations. For the past two decades, SBC projects are notable for their collaborative process design, broad application and positive impact to improve watershed and forest health, community resiliency, and economic vitality. Programs include the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) efficiency retrofit program, the Climate Planning program, which conducts greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans for local governments; the Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP), a cross-sector group of stakeholders working to promote climate solutions in the Sierra region, the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) which provides technical assistance and fiscal sponsorship to startup businesses throughout the Sierra Nevada, the California Green Business Network that offers free environmental consulting to small and medium sized businesses to reduce energy, water and waste costs, Sierra Nevada Geotourism, and the Lake Tahoe Water Trail – to name a few.

Contact Information

Business Opportunities/Advertising/Sponsorships:
Becky Bell, Project Manager – bbell@sbcouncil.org
Sierra Business Council
P.O. Box 2428
Truckee, CA, 96160


Sierra Business Council and its contributors will be in no way responsible for personal injury or damage to personal property arising in conjunction with the use of this website and Water Trail printed or Google maps.   Good judgment and planning are critical to any successful outing.

Before heading out on the water, it is recommended that you check with other sources of information such as local paddling shops, outdoor stores, marinas, U.S. Coast Guard, and land managers for the latest conditions.


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