Keeping families safe on the water is our top priority...

Keeping our families and the public safe on the water is one of our proudest endeavors. In a setting as dynamic as Lake Tahoe we support the amplified efforts by California and Nevada to educate all boaters – motorized and non-motorized – about safety for themselves, their passengers, and other lake users. 

Can be downloaded to Apple and Android & provides real-time data as it relates to the 600’ no-wake zone while you’re on the water. Get the Download

  • 600 Ft – No wake or 5 mph from Shoreline
  • 200 Ft – No wake or 5 mph from Structure (Buoys & Piers)
  • 100 Ft – No wake or 5 mph from swimmers, paddle boarders, & Kayakers and other boats.
  • Emerald Bay – 7 mph no wake – All boats

Below are tools to help you file a float plan.

1.  Email a Float Plan with your Phone – Use the float plan template on the new Boat California app and email it to your friend and/or family member.  Download the app here.

2.  Printable Float Plan – Provided by NV Dept of Wildlife Boating Safety

3.  Printable Float Plan – Provided by California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways

The float plan and checklist is not a definitive list of everything that may be required for safe boating on any particular boat or paddling excursion. Knowing what is required is the responsibility of each individual boater and paddler.

Apply for your CA Boater Card:

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Safety Tips

Keep these safety tips in mind before venturing out.

Check Weather and Marine Forecasts

Tahoe City

02:58 PM
Min: 14°F
01:30 AM
Max: 42°F
N 2 mph

Wear a Life Jacket and Paddleboard Leash

In case of emergency, call Coast Guard Lake Tahoe at (530) 583-4433 or 911.

Observe the Nautical Rules-of-the-Road for Both States – Get Your Boater Card