Lake Tahoe Water Trail
The Lake Tahoe Water Trail (LTWT) is a designated water route along the 72-mile Lake Tahoe shoreline that links public beaches with launch and landing sites to help paddlers have a safe recreation experience, practice good stewardship, and protect the watershed.
Sierra Business Council manages the Lake Tahoe Water Trail’s sustainable recreation education program. Our work convenes paddle outfitters, public land agencies, private landowners, and conservation organizations through the development and implementation of this program. To learn more about the LTWT and how it simultaneously promotes safety and stewardship, visit the program’s external site by clicking here.
In addition to the educational wayfinding signs posted at 20 designated public access sites along shores of Lake Tahoe, paddlers can also access information about the Water Trail through the mobile-friendly site, which includes an interactive route-finding map to identify launch and landing sites from land as well as from water, real-time wind and marine conditions, downloadable day trip maps, and an easy-to-use “file a float plan” email tool to inform others about planned paddle adventures.
We also produce and distribute a printed waterproof Lake Tahoe Water Trail Map & Access Guide and a Stewardship Safety brochure in both English and Spanish that helps paddlers find designated public launch and landing sites, paddle routes, shoreline businesses, and accommodations. Guides can be purchased online and proceeds from guide sales support Sierra Business Council efforts to develop and promote stewardship, water safety, and public access educational programs and materials.
As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable recreation, Sierra Business Council believes the land and waters of the Sierra should be accessible and enjoyed by all. The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a Sierra Business Council program that exists at the nexus of sustainable tourism, responsible recreation, and small business empowerment.
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In partnership with the Martis Fund, Sierra Business Council administers the Martis Fund Homebuyer Assistance Program, which provides down payment assistance to help income-qualified working families in Placer County east of Donner Summit or in the Town of Truckee purchase homes.
I grew up climbing on granite slabs at Donner Summit, and the rock formations fascinated me. Everywhere I went in the mountains, I found myself mesmerized by the colors, textures, and stratigraphy lines that painted the landscapes. Having grown up in Northern California in an outdoors family, the concept of conservation was ingrained very early. “Respect the playground; if you want the beautiful places you love to remain intact, then do your part.” At that point in my life, I knew I wanted to do something that allowed me to be outside and in the field solving problems (or something to that extent). Naturally, I began my academic career pursuing a degree in geology.
This old saying perfectly describes my realization of how special the Independence Trail was for our community. Lighting struck repeatedly throughout the night on August 17th, igniting dry fuel in our foothills refuge of Nevada City and across the state of California.
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