As a Water Trail user, you can help be the first line of defense to help protect Lake Tahoe.

  • Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds.
  • Fires are permitted only in established campgrounds or day use areas. Check fire restrictions.
  • Dispose of waste properly, including dog poop bags.
  • Leave what you find. Take only photos. Leave No Trace.
  • Respect and enjoy wildlife from afar.
  • 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.
  • 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 or better yet, rent gear from a local paddle shop.

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.
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Watch for Tahoe Yellow Cress

A unique plant species that lives in Lake Tahoe and nowhere else in the world

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.

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 CleanDrain 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.

Asian Clams are an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), which are invading Lake Tahoe.
Asian Clams are an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), which are invading Lake Tahoe.
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Lake Tahoe is a fragile and precious resource with extraordinary water clarity of over 60 feet. Together, we can help preserve clarity, protect plants and animals, and ensure future generations get to enjoy this pristine resource.


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