Watercraft Inspection Program

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Closing Dates Announced for Watercraft Inspection Stations

Lake Forest Station - Open Year-Round

Alpine Meadows Station - CLOSED

Truckee-Tahoe Station - CLOSED



Truckee, CA – The Truckee-Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Station has closed for the 2017 boating season.  All watercraft launching on Donner Lake must go to the Lake Forest boat ramp located in Tahoe City for inspections.  All watercraft must be “Clean, Drain and Dry” prior to launching. Refer to the map for inspection locations.

During the 2017 boating season, Tahoe Resource Conservation District watercraft inspectors performed more than 1400 inspections for Donner Lake vessels.  As watercraft continue to arrive from high-risk waters, the importance of watercraft inspections remains critical. “We would like to thank all the boaters who arrived at the Truckee-Tahoe inspection station with their watercraft clean, drained and dry,” said Nicole Cartwright, aquatic invasive species program manager for Tahoe Resource Conservation District. “These boaters were able to get on the water faster by taking three simple steps and avoided paying additional decontamination fees.”
“Our goal moving forward is to continue to pursue the best long-term preventative solution to protect Donner Lake from new infestations of invasive species,” stated Town of Truckee Support Services Manager, Dan Olsen.

For more information on watercraft inspections at Donner Lake please visit www.TruckeeBoatInspections.com.

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Truckee-Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Program





The Town of Truckee is continuing to partner with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District to implement watercraft inspections. Watercraft inspections are mandatory for all motorized and/or trailered watercraft launching on Donner Lake through the Town of Truckee ordinance Title 14. Inspections are to help prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into Donner Lake. Non-motorized watercraft may be subject to an inspection prior to entering Donner Lake if determined necessary by the Town of Truckee or its designee. Inspections are available the following roadside watercraft inspection stations.

  • Lake Forest operating 7 days a week, weather permitting, 6:00 am - 4:00pm
  •  Alpine Meadows - CLOSED
  •  Truckee-Tahoe Inspection Station at Truckee Airport - CLOSED

Once established in local waters, aquatic invasive species such as, invertebrates (New Zealand mudsnails, quagga mussels, and Asian clam), plants (Eurasian watermilfoil, hydrilla, and curlyleaf pondweed), and warm water fishes degrade aquatic ecosystems, inhibit recreation, damage infrastructure and equipment, and cause depreciation in property values.

“The health of local waters continues to be extremely important to the character, natural beauty, and economic vitality of the Town of Truckee”, said Dan Olsen, Police Support Services Manager. “We believe that boaters, anglers, and others who recreate on Donner Lake will continue to embrace the efforts to protect this precious natural resource.”

Watercraft identified as high risk will be required to be decontaminated before being able to launch in Donner Lake. Be prepared and save time and money by arriving at the inspection station Clean, Drain, and Dry.

Donner Lake inspection prices and options:

  • Annual Inspection (valid for calendar year)                           $40/vessel
  • Seasonal Inspection (valid May – Sept)                                    $25/vessel
  • Monthly Inspection                                                                              $10/vessel
  • Donner Only (valid for calendar year)                                      $20/vessel

Boaters who certify that their vessel only launches on Donner Lake are eligible for a Donner Only sticker. Donner Only vessels are required to be inspected and must sign an affidavit verifying the vessel will only be launched in Donner Lake. Boaters who do not exclusively launch on Donner Lake and visit other waterbodies must submit to monthly or seasonal inspections. 


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