Locations and Hours

All three regional inspection stations are now open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Boaters can drop in to an inspection station or book an appointment.

NOTE: Inspection services end at 5:30 p.m. Inspectors do their best to serve all boaters in the queue but will not begin an inspection after that. Wakeboard and other vessels with ballast tanks always require a decontamination and should arrive by 4:30 p.m. to provide adequate time.

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 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily


255 Alpine Meadows Rd, Alpine Meadows, CA 96146

May 15 – Sept 30 – Open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily


NV-28 &, US-50, Carson City, NV 89703
May 1 – Sept. 30 – Open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.