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How to Travel to Lake Tahoe Responsibly

How to Travel to Lake Tahoe Responsibly

As summer approaches, there’s one important thing to remember as we all return to glorious days on the sandy, picturesque beaches of Lake Tahoe. This gem of a lake is an American treasure, and must be treated that way. Whether you live here or are just visiting, we all need to take care while we enjoy this special place.

Please join us as we pledge to be mindful and respectful of the magical landscape of Lake Tahoe. Before you travel to Lake Tahoe, consider taking the Traveler Responsibility Pledge.

The pledge is simple but the results can be powerful when we all promise to leave Lake Tahoe better than we found it. Be a part of the change and join the movement by following these six pledge commitments:

  1. Become a Steward of the Lake
    Commit to exploring the Lake Tahoe region responsibly and help preserve our treasured spaces by leaving them better than you found them. Adhere to instructions and signage, rules are in place for your safety and the wellbeing of our environment. Lend a hand during one of our community clean-up days and volunteer through Lake Tahoe’s Ambassador programs. Think like a local! Ride public transportation and support small businesses and events – tourism dollars help keep our communities vibrant and strong.
  2. Respect the Environment
    Do your part to preserve Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty. Make sure to leave no trace by packing out what you brought in. Dispose of trash in designated receptacles, stay on trails so you don’t disturb the landscape and be mindful of your actions (and your pets!) to reduce your ecological footprint. Say no to plastic and bring your own reusable water bottle (and utensils!). Tahoe tap is the best way to stay hydrated. We can all help take care.
  3. Stay Educated
    Do your part to preserve Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty. Make sure to leave no trace by packing out what you brought in. Dispose of trash in designated receptacles, stay on trails so you don’t disturb the landscape and be mindful of your actions (and your pets!) to reduce your ecological footprint. Say no to plastic and bring your own reusable water bottle (and utensils!). Tahoe tap is the best way to stay hydrated. We can all help take care.

  4. Keep Wildlife Wild
    Observe wildlife from a respectful distance to ensure their safety (and yours) and never feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife can be as direct as offering a bit of your lunch, to leaving your food or garbage exposed for animals to find. It may take just one experience for an animal to learn people = food. Wildlife depend on natural behavior for survival. Once a wild animal becomes food-conditioned it looses its natural fear of people and public places. Not feeding wild animals keeps you safe and the wildlife wild.

  5. Be Fire Safe
    Get prepared, informed and involved! Consult fire restrictions before lighting a campfire or starting a grill and know the permitting rules ahead of burning anything outdoors. Fireworks are not permitted in the Lake Tahoe Basin and when cooking outdoors, plan on propane or gas. When using charcoal or wood in approved areas, be sure to soak, stir and feel the ashes before disposing. Please maintain your vigilance and be prepared in the event of an emergency. Sign up for county and state text alerts and stay connected to travel advisories and emergency updates while you’re here.

  6. Demonstrate Mindful Travel
    Kindness goes a long way in our community. Locally owned businesses appreciate your patience and commitment to following health and safety protocols in their establishments. If an outdoor area looks too crowded, move on and explore a new location. Speak kindly to people you encounter on public lands and remember to be a good neighbor by keeping noise down and parking in designated areas. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home. Travel with awareness and observe the impact of your actions – it takes all of us working together to create a healthy and positive Tahoe experience.
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