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!



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!

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!

Closure Notice for Homewood & Spooner Station: Sunday 9/9

The Homewood & Spooner Summit Inspection Stations will be CLOSED on Sunday 9/9/12 due to an event conflict. No inspections will be provided at Meeks Bay, Obexer’s, Cave Rock and Sand Harbor boat launches and only sealed boats will be permitted to launch. If you need an inspection please visit one of the other 3 open Inspection Stations: Meyers, Northstar, or Alpine Meadows.

Please remember to Clean, Drain & Dry your boat every time to protect your waters from aquatic invasive species.

New Inspection Station Hours through End of the Summer Season

Beginning Saturday, August 25th the Spooner Summit, Alpine Meadows and Meyers Inspection Station hours will be changing to 8am-7pm. The Homewood and Northstar Inspection Station hours will remain the same through the end of the summer season.

The official end of the summer season for the Roadside Inspection Stations will be September 30th, 2012, with the exception of the Northstar Station closing on September 20th, 2012.

Starting October 1st, 2012 all boat inspections will be conducted at the Lake Forest boat ramp near Tahoe City and the Cave Rock State Park boat launch on the East shore. The Sand Harbor State Park boat launch will be launching Lake Tahoe wire sealed boats ONLY during the winter season, as long as lake levels permit. Winter inspection and launching hours are typically 6am-4pm daily, but are subject to change due to weather conditions and lake levels. All launch ramp closures or delays will be posted on and on the Hotline at 888-824-6267. Contact private marinas or launches directly for their winter hours of operation.


Fallen Leaf Lake: Sealed Boats Only this Summer!

This season, the Fallen Leaf Lake marina will only be launching motorized boats with intact wire seals from Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. All other unsealed boats, or those with ballast tanks, bound for Fallen Leaf Lake will need to visit the Meyers Inspection Station for an inspection and decontamination prior to launching at Fallen Leaf Lake marina. Lake Tahoe sealed boats can expect an additional decontamination at the Fallen Leaf Lake marina to help prevent the spread of Asian clam and Eurasian watermilfoil, which are already present in Lake Tahoe. Remember to be Clean, Drained & Dry to help expedite the inspection process and to protect your waters from aquatic invasive species!  West shore and Nevada Fallen Leaf-bound boaters, please call the Hotline at 888.824.6267 and let us know if you’d like Fallen Leaf Lake inspections and seals available at a boat inspection station near you!