If you have been in an AIS-infected water body, yes, absolutely – to be 100% sure. However, if you only paddle in Lake Tahoe and you habitually Clean, Drain and Dry every time you paddle, and especially between waterbodies like Fallen Leaf Lake and Spooner, you do not.
If you are unsure or worried, you have options:
- Rent from a Tahoe paddle shop or outfitter. Make it easy.
- Visit one of our 4 Tahoe Boat Inspection Stations – Meyers, Alpine Meadows, Truckee and Spooner Summit – to get your gear decontaminated for free.
- Learn how to self inspect and decontaminate your gear by becoming a Tahoe Keeper. It’s easy, It’s free. And, it matters. You should know how to Clean, Drain and Dry every time regardless of where you live.
Non-motorized users are required to purchase a Nevada AIS decal if you plan to enter Nevada waters. For more information on the requirements and to purchase your Nevada AIS decal, visit Nevada Department of Wildlife.