Tahoe Keepers are an important bunch, and anyone can become one. They are paddlers who know about Clean, Drain, and Dry procedures and become active stewards helping stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Lake Tahoe invasive species managers are letting paddlers know how they can get free inspections, when a free decontamination may be required, and how to stop inflatables and electric surf foils from transporting invasive species.
Non-trailered, non-motorized watercraft are not required to have an inspection, but may be subject to inspection prior to entering the waters of the Lake Tahoe Region, depending on the posed risk.
For example, risk is greater if you are coming from infested waters like Lake Mead or Havasu. A free inspection and decontamination will reduce the risk of introducing Quagga or Zebra mussels from those areas into Tahoe.
For pristine waters that have no invasive species, such as Echo Lakes, Angora, and Fallen Leaf lakes, even Lake Tahoe is considered a threat due to the Eurasian watermilfoil, curlyleaf pondweed, and Asian clams currently found here.
Paddlers and efoil riders who need a decontamination prior to slipping onto the lake get priority at watercraft inspection stations and are not charged for the service.
Thank you paddlers for becoming Tahoe Keepers and helping protect the waters of the Tahoe Region!