All non-motorized watercraft (including inflatables) must be Cleaned, Drained and Dry before launching at Lake Tahoe and any surrounding lakes and waterways to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) that will ruin Lake Tahoe.
Paddleboards and kayaks with electric motors MUST be inspected, visit TahoeBoatInspections.com
It’s the law.
Paddlers are required to self-inspect their watercraft and gear and ensure it is 100% clean, drained and DRY. Inflatable paddle gear is arriving at Lake Tahoe with water collected in folds and storage bags. If the water is infected, you will ruin Lake Tahoe forever.
If you find any contaminants on your paddle craft or gear – OR – you recently visited infected waters, you MUST go to a Tahoe Boat inspection station for a free decontamination. Learn more at TahoeBoatInspections.com.
AIS Can Destroy Lake Tahoe and Paddling
Aquatic invasive species like Asian clams and Eurasian watermilfoil have changed 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 like Zebra and Quagga Mussels and New Zealand Snails spread through the transport of water and debris that can collect in cockpits and hatches, and cling to outer hulls, rudders, paddles, SUP leashes, and life jackets/belts. Spreading AIS violates local, state, and federal laws.