All non-motorized watercraft (including inflatables and electrically-modified) 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.
Electric watercraft MUST be inspected, visit TahoeBoatInspections.com
It’s the law.
Paddlers are boaters too and are required to self-inspect their watercraft and gear.
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.
NV AIS Decal Fee Requirement:
If you paddle on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, you are required to purchase a NV AIS Decal at www.ndow.org. Becoming a Tahoe Keeper does not exempt you from purchasing a NV AIS decal that supports the state’s AIS boating education program. California doesn’t have an AIS fee requirement at this time.
AIS Can Destroy Lake Tahoe and Paddling
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 like mussels and weeds 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.