Locations and


Oct. 1-16: Inspections will be available 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Lake Forest boat ramp in Tahoe City, CA, and at the Cave Rock boat ramp in Glenbrook, NV from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during daylight hours. Inspections & decontaminations are available at the Meyers Station Thurs. – Sun. from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Optional inspection appointments can be scheduled now for inspections.

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Wildfire Smoke Precautions

Lake Tahoe has been experiencing high levels of wildfire smoke resulting in limited operations or closure.  

  • Continue to monitor our Social media sites (@TahoeBoating) at Twitterand Facebook  for updates on closures.
  • Prepare for closures by checking AQI ratings on PurpleAir. When Air Quality Index (AQI) ratings are above 250, affected sites will close, but may reopen if conditions significantly improve. 

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Inspection services end at 5:30 p.m.  Depending on the queue, we may not be able to serve everyone who arrived before that time.  Please consider arriving earlier to ensure there is adequate time to inspect and perhaps decontaminate your vessel. 

Wakeboard and other vessels with ballast tanks will always require a decontamination because the tanks retain water and are unable to be inspected visually. In most cases, arriving by 4:30 p.m. should provide adequate time to complete your vessel.

Do I need an inspection?

If your vessel has an intact inspection seal [a wire with a numbered clip loosely connecting the boat and trailer] from the last time it was hauled out of Lake Tahoe, you do not need an inspection and can proceed straight to your preferred launch site.

In all other cases:

  • All motorized vessels, including electric, require an inspection. New boats and engines are tested in water prior to leaving the factory and are still required to be inspected.
  • There is no inspection or decontamination fee for vessels with electric or air-cooled trolling motors.
  • Trailered non-motorized vessels are required to be inspected. All inspections are provided free of charge for non-motorized vessels. 
  • If you own a simple non-motorized vessel, like a canoe, kayak or paddleboard, please visit Tahoe Keepers to learn how to self-inspect and Clean, Drain, & Dry your vessel. If you would like an inspection, please visit any of our inspection locations, and we will provide one free of charge.

2175 Keetak St, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
May 1 – Sept. 30 – open from 8:30am – 5:30pm daily

Oct. 1 – Oct. 16 – open from 8:30am – 5:30pm Thursday – Sunday

NV-28 &, US-50, Carson City, NV 89703
May 1 – Sept. 30 – open from 8:30am – 5:30pm daily

*CLOSED for season

255 Alpine Meadows Rd, Alpine Meadows, CA 96146
May 1 – Sept. 30 – open from 8:30am – 5:30pm daily

The Truckee Airport location has closed permanently due to FAA permitting requirements.

*CLOSED for season

Lake Forest Launch Ramp

2500 Lake Forest Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Oct 1 – April 30 – Open from 8 am – 6 pm daily, weather permitting

Cave Rock Launch Ramp

Hwy 28, Glenbrook, NV 89413

Oct 1 – April 30 – Open from 6:00am – 4:00pm daily, weather permitting


COVID-19 Precautions

For the health and safety of boaters, inspectors and the public, Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 precautions are being followed at all inspection facilities.