Ready to Launch

Any vessel with an intact Lake Tahoe inspection seal can launch at one of the regional ramps and marinas listed here. Boats without a seal are required to be inspected by Tahoe Resource Conservation District inspectors at an off-site inspection station. Non-motorized watercraft must be Clean.Drain.Dry prior to launch as well and can receive a free inspection at any motorized inspection station. Paddlers can find public launch sites and mapped paddle routes through the Lake Tahoe Water Trail website.

Public Launch Ramps

Sand Harbor, Incline Village (NV State Parks) — Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Tuesday.

Cave Rock, Glenbrook (NV State Parks) — Open sunrise to sunset daily.

Lake Forest, Tahoe City (TCPUD) — Open for the summer May 1 – Sept. 2

  • Monday – Thursday 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday  5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

El Dorado, South Lake Tahoe (CSLT) — Open Friday – Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Last boat launch at 4:30 p.m. Closed Thursdays

Tahoe Vista Recreation Area, Kings Beach (NTPUD) — Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

Kings Beach Boat Launch (North Tahoe Watersports) — Open for non-motorized vessels only.

Private Launch Facilities

Please contact the following facilities directly for information on launching and hours of operation: