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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace Center

    This copyrighted information was developed in conjunction with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. For more information on Leave No Trace visit www.LNT.org or call 1.800.332.4100

Leave no trace

Leave No Trace

Kayaker with binoculars

Kayaker bird watching by Kim Patterson

Leave No Trace Principles

San Francisco Bay is a precious resource for both people and wildlife. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail encourages everyone to use Leave No Trace principles. Following these principles helps preserve the Bay for wildlife and for future generations.

Know Before You Go

Land and Launch on Durable Surfaces

  • Launch and land only where you can avoid trampling sensitive habitat, disturbing wildlife, or trespassing on private property

Bag Your Trash

  • Carry out all your trash

Leave it as you find it

  • Leave plants and other natural objects where you find them
  • Don’t disturb cultural resources
  • Leave only wakes
Sunset reflecting clouds on Napa River

Sunset on the Napa River

Be Careful With Fire

  • Follow regulations for your campsite or BBQ structure

Keep Wildlife Wild

  • Give wide berth to wildlife and do not harass, feed, or rescue wildlife
  • Respect seasonal closures and wildlife buffer distances

Yield to Others