Watercraft Inspection Station Announcement:

Alpine Meadows station will be open normal hours Thursday through Sunday starting September 11.

Meyers and Spooner stations will be closed for the remainder of September due to wildfire impacts.

Appointments for September 16th – 30th can be made starting September 13th. We will continue to accept walk-ins as well.

Continue to monitor our Social media sites (@TahoeBoating) at Twitter and Facebook  for updates on closures. 

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Locations and Hours

The online appointment system is for inspection appointments May 1 thru September 30. During that period, the hours of all three regional inspection stations listed below are 8:30am to 5:30pm.

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. Masks must be worn when out of the vehicle.

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

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

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. Capacity has been increased at the Alpine Meadows inspection station.