Help stop the spread of aquatic invaders. Join the Tahoe Keepers Stewardship community.
We are the Tahoe Keepers, a waterborne community committed to protecting Lake Tahoe’s unique watershed and our non-motorized watercraft culture (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, inflatables). As water stewards, we pledge to simply and our watercraft and gear every time we exit a waterway and properly of any plants or debris we find.
Aquatic invasive species are spread through the transport of water, aquatic vegetation, and debris that can collect inside and on watercraft and gear.
Help be a part of preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Destructive snails and mussels threaten Tahoe and aquatic invasive plants have already invaded Lake Tahoe and several of its tributaries. Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lake, Spooner Lake, and most of the smaller lakes, streams, and rivers in the Tahoe Region are not plagued by these invasive species, and the Keepers can help to keep it that way.
As Tahoe Keepers, we know that a little extra time helps to protect our gear, our favorite pastime, and our favorite places – to Clean, Drain, Dry is easy and will quickly become a habit, and frankly, it matters.
Attention: Non-motorized watercraft that want to launch in Fallen Leaf or Echo Lake should always be Clean, Drain and Dry, regardless of where you last recreated.
Becoming a Tahoe Keeper is easy and free
Why become a keeper?
- To sustain the ability to launch at informal sites around Tahoe while we do our part to protect this beautiful resource.
- It identifies you as a responsible and informed paddler who has completed the self-inspection and decontamination training.
- You will receive a proof-of-training certificate to signify your completion of the program.
- You will also receive a Tahoe Keeper decal that can be proudly displayed on your watercraft or car to identify you as a Tahoe Keeper.
- Participating in the self-inspection training program is free and voluntary.
Join the nearly 3,000 Tahoe Keepers and help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species and ensure your recreational opportunities persist.
To join, you can take a short quiz to ensure you understand how to self-inspect and decontaminate your watercraft and gear. To learn how to Clean, Drain, Dry and Dispose every time, watch the training video. Once you pass the Tahoe Keeper quiz, you may register as a Tahoe Keeper, request Tahoe Keeper decals for each of your watercraft, and receive your Proof of Training credentials.
We also invite you to join the Tahoe Keepers on Facebook. There you can meet other informed paddlers, find or organize paddling events and gatherings, and share your own stories and photos. Stay connected: the Tahoe Keepers are also on Instagram.
We are here to help
If you find aquatic invasive species on your equipment or you are arriving at Lake Tahoe from a region with infested waterbodies, inspection and decontamination are available free of charge at the roadside watercraft inspection stations.
If you would like to rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard here in Tahoe, our local rental shops located around the lake have a variety of boats and gear ready to go. Rent from a Tahoe Keeper Fleet member, and help support local businesses that are doing their part to protect Lake Tahoe. For more answers, visit the Frequently Ask Questions, call 888-824-6267.
If you would like to get more involved, check out the Eyes on the Lake volunteer citizen’s science program.
Tools for planning a paddle tour
To help paddlers safely navigate Lake Tahoe and pratice good stewardship, Sierra Business Council has launched the new Lake Tahoe Water Trail website. Visit laketahoewatertrail.org to access the mobile mapping tool featuring public launch/landing sites and twenty trailheads with education interpretive wayfinding signage for the 72-mile water route. Paddlers can also play it safe with real-time weather conditions, downloadable Day Trip Maps, and the File-A-Float Plan email tool.