Protect your favorite place. Protect your favorite pastime. Clean, Drain and Dry your gear Every time.
Aquatic invasive species like Asian clams and Eurasian watermilfoil are already changing Tahoe’s ecosystem and threaten Lake Tahoe’s famous water clarity. Luckily, these AIS are not yet established in Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lake, and Spooner Lake. Let’s keep it that way.
Invaders spread through the transport of water and debris that can collect in cockpits and hatches, and cling to outer hulls, rudders and paddles. Spreading AIS violates local, state, and federal laws.
When paddling in an area infested with AIS or if you find contaminants on your boat or board, implement additional decontamination measures, such as spraying with pressurized water and keeping your watercraft completely dry for at least 5 days.
Prevent In-basin Transfer of AIS
If you only paddle within the Lake Tahoe basin, it is still very important to inspect your watercraft and gear to ensure you are not inadvertently transporting invaders found in Lake Tahoe to other Tahoe-Truckee area water bodies.
Taking these few minutes before and after paddling will help protect Lake Tahoe, your gear, and your freedom to launch at undeveloped sites.