Much of the Lake Tahoe shoreline is owned by private individuals, homeowners associations, and private organizations who also enjoy the lake and take care of it.
The maps also include mileage, facilities and amenities for each route. Public launch/landing sites identified on our Maps page have facilities such as trash removal and restrooms geared for paddlers.
In areas where private residences are built along the shoreline, property owners often own the land down to the “low water line”. The low water line is the water elevation at the natural rim of Lake Tahoe. A dam at the Truckee River raises the water an extra six feet, however, creating a “high water line” during periods when the Lake Tahoe reservoir is full. In California, legal practice establishes a public trust easement on the land between the “high water” and “low water” lines where public access is allowed. Nevada does not recognize this public trust area and access along these beaches is subject to approval by owners.
If you choose to land within the public trust easement area in California, please remember that the land is actually owned by the adjacent landowner and be respectful of their privacy. Practice Leave No Trace principles and show courtesy and respect to other users in the area.