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Where to get your boat inspected in Lake Tahoe

Boating season is underway in Lake Tahoe and inspection stations for your motorized boats and watercraft are officially open. Love Tahoe’s clear blue water? Make sure you get your boat checked – it’s critical to the lake’s health.

Locations and hours are:

  • Meyers, at the junction of US 50 and Highway 89 (Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • Spooner Summit, at the junction of US 50 and Highway 28 in Nevada (Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
  • Highway 267, at Northstar Drive south of Truckee (Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • Highway 89, at Alpine Meadows Road north of Tahoe City (open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Highway 89, at Homewood Resort on Lake Tahoe's west shore (open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)

So, what are they checking for? Aquatic invasive species (AIS) like quagga and zebra mussels; they’re quite problematic and are known to multiply quickly and colonize underwater surfaces, including docks and piers, water supply and filtration systems, buoys, moored boats and even the beautiful rocky shoreline.

They destroy fish habitat, ruin boat engines, and can negatively impact water quality and the local economy, recreation and ecosystem.  Boats and other watercraft are the largest transporters of AIS, and the inspection program is critical to preventing their spread into Lake Tahoe and other water bodies.  Knowingly transporting AIS into Lake Tahoe is against the law, and violators may be subject to fines.

How to prep for boat inspection:

  • Clean
  • Drain
  • Dry

… your boat prior to arriving at inspection stations.

Fees range from $35 for personal watercraft and vessels under 17 feet up to $121 for vessels over 39 feet.   The annual “Tahoe Only” sticker fee remains unchanged from 2011.  An additional fee of $25 is being charged for any boat requiring decontamination.

For more information, visit www.TahoeBoatInspections.com or call (888) 824-6267 for updates. Follow @TahoeBoating on Twitter for real-time updates.

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette loves adventuring outdoors and can usually be found exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada with her family.

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