Tahoe Keeper Appreciation


To thank our registered Tahoe Keepers we will be hosting appreciation events this summer.

The first 75 registered Tahoe Keepers to visit our booth will receive a free food voucher from Lakeview Cafe for 2 tacos (fish,chicken,beef,tempeh) or 1 burrito (chicken,beef,tempeh).

Craving yummy Mexican food but not a registered Tahoe Keeper? You can still sign up, it’s free and easy just go to tahoekeepers.org

When: Thursday, August 13th, 4:30-8:30 PM:

Where: Live @ Lakeview Concert Series, Lakeview Commons, South Lake Tahoe

Big Sticky Mess and Polyrhythmics will be providing the funky musical entertainment that night. Check them out at http://bigstickymess.com/ and http://www.polyrhythmics.com/

For more information contact tahoekeepers@tahoercd.org

Tahoe Keeper Jr’s

This summer the Tahoe Keeper program has expanded to the “Tahoe Keeper Jr’s”. Students attending summer camps all around the basin are learning how they can make a difference. Many summer camps already take students paddling as part of their camp. Tahoe RCD educators share with students how they can help protect the lake they love, before they head out on a paddling adventure.

SOS outreach helping survey non-motorized watercraft

SOS outreach helping survey non-motorized watercraft

Students learn how invasive species take over an ecosystem by playing The Invasive Species Game, where they run around collecting “resources” while trying to survive an “invasion” from a non-native species.This game allows students to release some energy while learning the basics of ecology and species interactions. Once they see how invasive species can take over an ecosystem they are trained on what they can do to protect Lake Tahoe while enjoying the lake.

Other student groups have gone above and beyond by helping the Tahoe Keeper program as a service project. Students from SOS outreach have assisted in beach roving days collecting valuable data on paddlers at Lake Tahoe.


Interested in the Tahoe Keeper Jr program for your kids? Come see us for an afternoon of education and fun at Children’s Environmental Science Day Sunday, August 2nd at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.




Inspecting for Quagga Mussels


Playing the Invasive Species Game









2015 Public Forum: Aquatic Invasive Species


2015 Stickers now available!

2015 Tahoe Only and Tahoe In and Out stickers are now available. Stop by Cave Rock for an inspection or to upgrade your stickers. Make sure you are Clean, Drain and Dry. Visa and Mastercard only (no cash or check). Prices are available on our 2015 fee chart.

(Lake Forest is closed, due to a rehabilitation project)

Inspection Stations Closed for Winter

Roadside Inspection Stations are now CLOSED, during the Winter season. Inspections are available at Cave Rock from October through April and Lake Forest from January through April. Roadside Inspection stations will re-open in May 2015.  Click here for hours, location information and winter weather closures or delays. Thank you!

2-Stroke Ban

Are 2-stroke engines allowed to launch on Lake Tahoe or the surrounding lakes in the area?

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) prohibits the launch and use of all carbureted 2-stroke engines. This generally applies to outboard motors and personal watercraft (jetskis). The TRPA does allow all 4-stroke engines and Direct Fuel Injected (DFI) 2-stroke engines. If your watercraft/engine has a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Star rating on it, it is allowed on the Lakes of the Tahoe Region. Some common outboard engines that are allowed:

  • Evinrude E-TEC (2-stroke DFI)
  • Mercury Optimax (2-stroke DFI)
  • Yamaha High Pressure Direct Injection (2-stroke DFI)
  • All Honda engines (4-stroke)

If you are unsure about whether or not your watercraft/engine is allowed on the Lakes of the Tahoe Region, please contact Steve Sweet, ssweet@trpa.org  775-589-5250.

California Quagga Fee

We have been receiving quite a few questions about the new Quagga Fee created by the State of California. In particular, we have local and visiting boaters that are inquiring about how it effects their Tahoe inspection fee. We hope that the information below will help clear things up!

The Quick and Easy:

  • California registered boaters are required to purchase the Quagga sticker
  • Other state registered boaters do not need to purchase
  • Tahoe Only boats are not exempt from the CA Quagga fee
  • Boats that only boat in marine waters are exempt (coastal and some bay waters)
  • The CA fee is being collected by DMV for the California Department of Boating and Waterways
  • In the future, the funds will be available for existing inspection programs to apply for program support money. Tahoe and Truckee inspection programs included.

The Nitty Gritty:

Department of Boating and Waterways

Department of Motor Vehicles

Assembly Bill No. 2443 

Vehicle Industry New: VIN 2013-20 (New Quagga/Zebra Mussel Fee for Vessels)


Spooner Closure

Spooner will be closed Sunday September 7th,  all day due to a special event.

Please use one of the other stations during this time. Thank you!

AIS Spring Forum, 5/22/2014




Click here for presentations: AIS Forum Presentations, 5.22.2014

Spring Forum 2014

Lake Tahoe Roadside Boat Inspection Stations Open for Season

Lake Tahoe, CA-NV – Roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft are officially opening for the 2014 boating season.

Locations, hours of operation and opening dates are as follows:

Opening Thursday May 1st:

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week

  • Meyers: at the junction of US 50 and Highway 89
  • Spooner Summit: at the junction of US 50 and Highway 28 in Nevada
  • Alpine Meadows: Highway 89, off Alpine Meadows Road north of Tahoe City

Opening Thursday May 22nd:

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, CLOSED Monday-Wednesday

  • Northstar: Highway 267, at Northstar Drive south of Truckee

Please note that the Homewood inspection station is closed this season.

“Boat inspections are critical to maintaining the health of Lake Tahoe and our local recreation-based economy,” said Dennis Zabaglo, TRPA’s AIS Program Coordinator.  “Through the efforts of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s well-trained inspectors and other private and public partners committed to the Lake, we expect to have another successful season.”

All motorized boats and watercraft require inspection for aquatic invasive species (AIS) prior to launching into Lake Tahoe. Invasive species, such as Quagga mussels, New Zealand mudsnails or hydrilla, are known to multiply quickly and colonize underwater surfaces, including docks and piers, water supply and filtration systems, buoys, moored boats and even the beautiful rocky shoreline.  They destroy fish habitat, ruin boat engines, and can negatively impact water quality and the local economy, recreation and ecosystem.  Boats and other watercraft are the largest transporters of AIS, and the inspection program is critical to preventing their spread into Lake Tahoe and other water bodies.  Knowingly transporting AIS into Lake Tahoe is against the law, and violators may be subject to monetary penalties.

“Boaters are encouraged to Clean, Drain, and Dry their boats prior to arriving at inspection stations in order to save time and money,” according to Nicole Cartwright, Watercraft Inspection Program Administrator for the Tahoe RCD “Make sure to drain and dry all water, even water from your garden hose used to flush. Taking these three simple steps will get you on the water faster.”

Annual watercraft inspection fees remain unchanged from 2013.  The “Tahoe In & Out” sticker ranges from $35 for personal watercraft and vessels under 17 feet and up to $121 for vessels over 39 feet.   The “Tahoe Only” sticker fee is $30.  An additional fee of $35 is being charged for any boat requiring decontamination and an additional $10 fee for the decontamination of ballast tanks or bags.

For more information on aquatic invasive species prevention, control and early detection join us for our Spring Public Forum. The event is located this year at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center located in Incline Village, NV on May 22nd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Event details can be found by visiting TahoeBoatInspections.com or call (888) 824-6267 for updates, details and information.