Watercraft inspections are mandatory for all boats launching on Donner Lake. Inspections are provided at the following locations:
- Truckee-Tahoe Inspection Station: located off Truckee Airport Road and Chandelle Way: Thursday through Sunday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (closing September 5th for the season)
- Alpine Meadows Inspection Station: located off hwy 89 and Alpine Meadows Road: 7 days a week, 8:30am to 5:30 pm (open until September 30th)
- Donner Lake public ramp: ONLY Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (available until September 7th)
Get on the Water Faster! Clean, Drain and Dry your vessel before arriving at the inspection station. For questions, please contact the Lake Tahoe and Truckee Boat Inspection Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-824-6267. Inspection prices for Donner Lake are as follows:
- Annual: $40/vessel
- Seasonal (May – Sept): $25/vessel
- Monthly: $10/vessel
- Donner Only (May – Sept): $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 once per season. Boaters who do not exclusively launch on Donner Lake must submit to monthly inspections.
UPDATE- Join us on September 28th for our second workshop regarding AIS prevention at Donner Lake. In an effort to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, the Town of Truckee is collecting survey data and public comment about best management practices related to the access of Donner Lake at the public launch ramp, such as extending staff hours, installing an access gate, and invasive species self-inspection training for boaters. The goal is to increase protection and ensure that all boats are inspected prior to launching every time. The Town of Truckee is seeking input on the type of access desired by all users and boaters provided at the public launch including the hours, days, and months of operation.
Sierra County Waters
(Stampede and Jackson Meadows Reservoirs, Lake of the Woods and the waters of Lakes Basin):
Boaters must complete a Sierra County Self Inspection Permit prior to launching. Forms are also available at the launch ramps. For more information on Sierra County’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Ordinance 1041 and their AIS Prevention Program, please click here: Sierra County AIS
Nevada County Waters
(Boca and Prosser Reservoirs):
Be sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your vessel before launching. Boaters must complete a Nevada County Self Inspection Permit prior to launching. Forms are also available at the launch ramps. For more information on Nevada County’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Ordinance 2357 and their AIS Prevention Program, please click here: Nevada County AIS
Protect our Waters! Clean, Drain and Dry your vessel before arriving at the boat launch.
Truckee Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program
Truckee watershed stakeholders saw the need to initiate the development of a regional approach to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species such as the quagga mussel, New Zealand mudsnail and Eurasian watermilfoil. Stopping the spread of AIS is being accomplished through a collaborative process that includes watercraft inspections, education & outreach and early detection monitoring. The Truckee Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program (TRAISPP) is supported by recreational users, environmental groups, local, state and federal government agencies.
For reports and publications on the Truckee AIS Prevention Program, please click here