Watercraft inspections are mandatory for all boats launching on Donner Lake. Inspections are only provided at:
- Truckee-Tahoe Inspection Station (located off Highway 267 and Truckee Airport Rd on Chandelle Way) – Open 7 days a week, 8:30am – 5:30pm — Station closing for the season starting Tuesday September 5th.
- Alpine Watercraft Inspection Station (located off Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Rd) - Open 7 days a week, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Take 3 steps closer to fun — 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.
Sierra and Nevada County Waters
(Stampede, Boca, Prosser and Jackson Meadows Reservoirs, Lake of the Woods and the waters of Lakes Basin):
Be sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your vessel before launching. Boaters must complete a Sierra/Nevada 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
- 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
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