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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Thunderbird Paddling Festival June 11

Posted on June 1, 2016
Filed Under North Tahoe Events, Water Activities

Paddlers and Tahoe Keepers will gather at Sand Harbor State Park on the east shore for the annual Thunderbird Paddling Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

You choose from an 8 mile or 4 mile round trip paddle that starts at Sand Harbor State Park, heads south to Chimney Beach past historic Thunderbird Lodge, and back.  There’s also a 2-mile race for kids 12 years old and younger.

You’ll get a great workout, T-shirt (I’m in), lunch and raffle ticket.  Paddling starts early so check in night before.  For more information about this North Lake Tahoe event click here.

Protect Your Favorite Place. Protect Your Favorite Pastime.

Join our local paddle shops, and other paddlers and become a Tahoe Keeper to help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) into Lake Tahoe and Truckee water bodies.

It’s easy. It’s free. It matters.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) threaten Lake Tahoe’s famous water clarity. Invaders spread through the transport of water and debris that can collect in cockpits and hatches, and cling to outer hulls, rudders and paddles. Spreading AIS violates local, state, and federal laws.

Self-Inspect & Decontaminate: The Tahoe Keepers online training program demonstrates how to Clean, Drain and Dry your watercraft and gear every time you haul out or move between water bodies, and properly Dispose of any plants or debris.

  • CLEAN watercraft with pressurized water, removing all dirt, plant, and animal material from your rudder, hull, cockpit, and fishing gear. DISPOSE of foreign matter above the waterline on dry land or in a trash can.
  • DRAIN the water from your hatches and cockpits on land before you leave the immediate area.
  • DRY your watercraft before launching it again.

When paddling in an area infested with AIS or if you find contaminants on your boat or board, implement additional decontamination measures, such as spraying with pressurized water and keeping your watercraft completely dry for at least 5 days.

Prevent In-basin Transfer of AIS: If you only paddle within the Lake Tahoe basin, it is still very important to inspect your watercraft and gear to ensure you are not inadvertently transporting invaders found in Lake Tahoe to other Tahoe-Truckee area water bodies.

Learn more and join the Tahoe Keepers stewardship community at www.TahoeKeepers.org.  Call 1-888-824-6267 for the AIS hotline.

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