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Most public, and some private, launch facilities at Tahoe announced they will open this week with COVID-19 precautionary plans in place to protect the health and safety of staff and boaters.

The phased approach to opening launch sites around Lake Tahoe began with the opening of Tahoe City’s Lake Forest public ramp to vessels with an intact Lake Tahoe inspection seal.

Currently, vessels with Tahoe Only stickers will be allowed to launch. According to TRPA officials, Tahoe-In-and-Out vessels will be considered to launch in future phases after health orders are further relaxed.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has paused its annual distribution of Lake Tahoe aquatic invasive species boat decals to give time for numerous private marinas, public boat ramp managers, and state and local agencies to agree on a plan to open the lake in phases.

In the initial phase, only boats that have a Lake Tahoe aquatic invasive species seal from their last haul out can launch. There are roughly 8,000 vessels with Tahoe Only stickers stored regionally, according to the TRPA, which added that the decision to begin opening was made with the assumption that many boats would be hitting the lake during a compact period of time.


Public Ramp Opening Dates:

  • Sand Harbor, Incline Village (NV State Parks) — Open May 22
  • Cave Rock, Glenbrook (NV State Parks) — Open May 22
  • Lake Forest, Tahoe City (TCPUD) — Open May 19
  • El Dorado, South Lake Tahoe (CSLT) — To Be Announced
  • Coon Street, Kings Beach (North Tahoe Watersports) —Open June 1
  • Tahoe Vista Recreation Area, Kings Beach (NTPUD) —Open May 22

Private Ramp Opening Dates (contact these facilities directly to confirm dates and details):


Truckee Town Council adopted an amendment to its municipal code regarding aquatic invasive species at its meeting on May 12, which will require mandatory self-inspections by boaters prior to launching into any Truckee water body, including Donner Lake.

Prior to vessels, without a current Lake Tahoe inspection sticker, being launched into Donner Lake for the first time in a season, a self-inspection form must be submitted to the town in order to obtain an inspection sticker. Current inspection forms shall also be kept in the watercraft.

Watercraft self-inspections are mandatory for all motorized and/or trailered watercraft launching on Donner Lake. Inspections are to help prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into Donner Lake. Non-motorized watercraft may also be subject to an inspection prior to entering Donner Lake.

There is no fee for a Donner Lake 2020 sticker. Self-inspection forms can be found at http://www.townoftruckee.com/government/police/watercraft-inspection-program or at the Donner Lake Public Boat Launch.


Boats that require inspections to launch on Lake Tahoe will have to wait for inspection stations around the lake to open.

Inspection stations will remain closed until further notice as directed by state health orders and travel restrictions.

Part of Truckee moving to self inspections involves the town no longer funding roughly half the cost to run the Truckee Inspection Station, which is located off Highway 267 and Truckee Airport Road. According to the TRPA Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Coordinator , Truckee will continue to conduct inspections for Lake Tahoe this season and will be among the first to open once restrictions are relaxed.

For more details visit: https://tahoeboatinspections.com/ready-to-launch/


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