Become a Tahoe Keeper

Tahoe Keepers belong to a community of paddlers, anglers and beachgoers committed to protecting Lake Tahoe’s pristine watershed from the devastating effects of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Tahoe Keepers are responsible and informed paddlers who understand how to Clean, Drain and Dry their watercraft and gear before and after launching in Tahoe regional lakes.

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Becoming a Tahoe Keeper is Easy and Free!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Watch the video.
  2. Take the quiz.
  3. Once you have passed the quiz, register.
  4. Pick up your decal from the TRPA office or any watercraft inspection station.
  5. Go paddle on the Lake Tahoe Water Trail

Follow @TahoeKeepers on social and tag us in your #CleanDrainDry adventures!

Did you know?

Hand launched watercraft with electric motors like hydrofoils, require an inspection prior to launch. All non-motorized watercraft, such as kayaks and paddleboards, can be inspected for free at any Watercraft Inspection Station, but an inspection is not required to launch. We encourage all paddlers to become Tahoe Keepers and arrive Clean, Drained and Dry.

Why worry about non-motorized watercraft?

Invasive species are spread through the transport of water and debris that can collect inside and on watercraft and gear. Non-motorized watercraft, such as kayaks and paddleboards, pose a threat of spreading AIS, just like motorized watercraft. The threat has increased with the popularity of inflatable watercraft and easily transportable gear.

Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lakes, Spooner Lake, and most of the smaller lakes, streams and rivers in the Tahoe Region do not have some of the invasive species present in Lake Tahoe. It’s up to us to keep it that way!

For more information, visit Frequently Ask Questions, or call 888-824-6267.

Clean all equipment that touches water. Use a brush or a towel to dislodge material that could harbor AIS. Dispose of any plants, mud, and sand in the trash. 

Drain water from your craft and gear. Be sure to drain all hatches, cockpits, paddles, buckets, and storage bags. Even 1 drop of water can contain AIS. 

Dry all areas with a towel. Sunshine and dry-time helps to kill AIS. If you’ve properly Cleaned and Drained, 7 days of Dry time significantly reduces the risk of spreading AIS.

Paddler Launch/Landing Sites and Mapped Paddle Routes

Lake Tahoe Water Trail

The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a 72-mile water route along the shoreline that connects public launch and landing sites that include restrooms, facilities, and parking. Paddlers can plan their paddle trip and find public launch/landing sites, mapped paddle routes, water safety, and conservation tips. The website features wind and weather conditions, bilingual Day Trip Maps, and local paddle outfitters who rent gear that is already Clean, Drained and Dry.