Online Comment & Feedback Form!

Have you been through an inspection or decontamination at Lake Tahoe before and wanted a way to let us know how your experience was? Well now you can. We have added a “Comment & Feedback form” to our website to give everyone the chance to let us know how we are doing, how amazing our inspectors are, or perhaps provide some ideas on ways to improve the overall experience. You can find the link to the Comment & Feedback form on our Welcome Page or on our Contact Page.

The Watercraft Inspection Program strives to make the inspection process convenient for boaters while ensuring the greatest protection for Lake Tahoe from the harmful impacts of unwanted aquatic invasive species, like the quagga mussel, spiney water flea or Hydrilla. If you have ever been to an area infested with these horrible non-native species, you realize how important preventing them from being introduced can be. We greatly appreciate all feedback regarding boat inspections and encourage you to provide suggestions with realistic solutions that will help protect Lake Tahoe now, and into the future.

Remember that We’re All In This Boat Together and to be Clean, Drained & Dry every time you change waters to help protect them from aquatic invasive species!


Fallen Leaf Lake Now Sealed Boats Only

New for 2013:

Any trailered boat wanting to launch at the Fallen Leaf Lake Marina must have a green Fallen Leaf Lake inspection seal in order to launch. Boats without an inspection seal or those with a Lake Tahoe inspection seal will be required to get an inspection and decontamination from the Meyers, Homewood or Spooner Summit inspection station prior to arriving at the marina; fees for the decontamination process will apply. All boats with an intact green Fallen Leaf Lake inspection seal can go directly to the marina to launch and do not need to get an inspection at a roadside inspection station. If you have any questions you can call the Hotline at 888-824-6267.

Volunteer Opportunity: Eyes on the Lake

Eyes on the Lake flyer


The Spooner Inspection Station will have a DELAYED opening of 12:00pm on Saturday 6/14/14 due to an event and will close at 5:30pm. All other Roadside Inspection Stations will be OPEN during normal operating hours on Saturday. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

The Spooner station will be Open normal operating hours starting Sunday, 6/15/14.


Spring is here and all four Lake Tahoe Roadside Inspection Stations are now OPEN for inspections and decontaminations. Alpine Meadows, Spooner Summit and Meyers hours of operation are going to be 8:30am-5:30pm,            7 days a week.  Northstar hours of operation will be Thursday-Sunday from 8:30am-5:30pm and Monday-Wednesday the station will be closed.

We look forward to another successful season of preventing aquatic invasive species from harming Lake Tahoe Regional waters and greatly appreciate your cooperation and support for the boat inspection program.  Happy boating and remember to CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY your boat prior to your inspection to help save you time and money!

5/23/13: Public Forum on Aquatic Invasive Species

Come to the Inn by the Lake on Thursday May 23rd from 5:30pm-7:30pm to learn from the experts about aquatic invasive species prevention and control in the Lake Tahoe Region.

AIS Public Forum flyer

Representatives from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, CA State Parks, University of Nevada Reno, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, UC Davis, LTBMU Forest Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and the TRPA will all be there. Some of the topics being discussed will include:

  • Aquatic weed control in Emerald Bay & the Tahoe Keys
  • Asian clam control projects
  • Volunteer and Stewardship opportunities in the Basin
  • AIS prevention in the Truckee Region
  • Nevada’s new AIS program
  • the Tahoe Keepers Initiative.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Nicole Cartwright: 530.543.1501 ext. 111,



Special Inspection Notice 4/22-4/26

During the week of 4/22/13-4/26/13 the Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat launches will only be accepting boats with intact Lake Tahoe inspection seals.  The Sand Harbor boat launch will be CLOSED on Friday 4/26/13.  NO INSPECTIONS will be available at Cave Rock or Lake Forest for boats without an inspection seal and will be done on a reservation basis only by calling 1-888-824-6267.  

Normal winter operations and hours will begin again at all locations on Saturday 4/27/13. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

2013 Inspection Stickers NOW available!

The 2013 Lake Tahoe Inspection Stickers are now available at Cave Rock, Sand Harbor and Lake Forest.  Inspections for boats without blue Lake Tahoe wire inspection seals are  only available at Cave Rock and Lake Forest,  Sand Harbor will only accept sealed boats. We will sell 2013 stickers at the 2012 price for the month of January. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will release the 2013 fee structure February 1st (no major changes or increases expected for inspection cost, some changes anticipated to the decontamination fees). If you have any questions please call the hotline at 888-824-6267.

Roadside Inspection Stations are Closed for the Season

Currently all Roadside Inspection Stations are CLOSED for the season and Tahoe RCD inspectors have moved back to Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat ramps for winter boat inspections.

Beginning Monday, 10/1/2012, watercraft WITHOUT an intact Lake Tahoe wire inspection seal will be required to visit Cave Rock or Lake Forest boat launches to be inspected prior to launching (weather permitting). New inspections can only be performed during DAYLIGHT hours where enough ambient light is available to properly inspect the vessel and its compartments. Hot water decontaminations will continue to be available (additional fees may apply) during the month of October from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boats that are not Clean, Drained & Dry at Cave Rock and Lake Forest only. Please understand that decontaminations may not be available when outside temperatures reach below freezing.

Decontaminations required on boats without an intact Lake Tahoe wire inspection seal from Nov-Spring of 2013 will be done on a reservation basis only (weather permitting).

Winter weather may affect winter inspection location hours of operation, and any delays or closures will be posted on this website and on the 888-824-6267 Hotline. During the winter there are other launching facilities open, but NO INSPECTIONS will be available at these locations and only boats with INTACT Lake Tahoe wire inspection seals will be permitted to launch. Boaters should contact those facilities directly for their winter hours of operation.

FREE Aquatic Invasive Species Talk @ REI Reno – Sept. 26, 2012

Protect Your Local Waters…..Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species!

Calling all boaters, anglers, paddlers, swimmers and water-lovers! Do your part to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species! Asian clams, zebra & quagga mussels and invasive weeds like Eurasian water milfoil are just a few of the plants and critters that currently threaten your local waters.

These pests could cost millions to the local economy and irreparably damage our environment, affecting everyone in the region.  The Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) works with dozens of partner organizations and agencies to protect Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River watershed by implementing programs aimed to prevent and control the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The Tahoe RCD will share information about these species, how they are easily spread and how we can prevent and minimize their damage on Sept. 26, 2012 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the REI in Reno, NV .

Please sign up HERE to learn how YOU can make a difference!