Watercraft Inspection Program

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Opening Dates Announced for Watercraft Inspection Stations

Lake Forest Station - Open Now

Alpine Meadows Station - Open Now

Truckee-Tahoe Station - Open Now



Truckee, CA – The Truckee-Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Station located at the Truckee Airport is now open. All watercraft launching on Donner Lake may either go to the Truckee Airport or the Alpine Meadows Watercraft Inspection Station for inspections. All watercraft must be “Clean, Drain and Dry” prior to launching. Refer to the map for inspection locations.

During the 2016 boating season, Tahoe Resource Conservation District watercraft inspectors performed more than 1800 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 Coordinator for Tahoe Resource Conservation District. “These boaters were able to get on the water faster and avoided paying additional decontamination fees.”

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 open now, operating 7 days a week, weather permitting, 6:00 am - 4:00pm
    •  Alpine Meadows  open now, operating 7 days a week 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    •  Truckee-Tahoe Inspection Station at Truckee Airport open now, operating 7 days a week 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


    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. 

    Tahoe Resource Conservation District is now accepting applicaitons for Lake Tahoe's Watercraft Inspection Program. The season begins April 24, 2017. For more details and how to apply visit www.TruckeeBoatInspections.com.



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