Lake Tahoe Boat Inspection: Where to Get Your Boat Inspected
By: Lake Tahoe
Boating season is underway and Lake Tahoe boat inspection stations for your motorized boats and watercraft are officially open and ready for you to make an appointment. Love Tahoe’s clear blue water? Make sure you get your watercraft checked – it’s critical to the lake’s health and easier than you’d think.
So, what are they checking for? Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) like quagga and zebra mussels These unwanted guests are quite problematic as they multiply and quickly colonize underwater surfaces including docks and piers, water supply and filtration systems, buoys, moored boats, and even the beautiful rocky shoreline.
Invasive species are more than an eyesore, 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 the most effective way to prevent their spread into Lake Tahoe and other nearby water bodies. Knowingly transporting AIS into Lake Tahoe is against the law, and violators may be subject to fines.
… your boat prior to arriving at Lake Tahoe boat inspection stations. You can also plan ahead and save time with the convenient appointment system.
Taking to the water under your own power? Paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and other watercraft all have the potential to transport aquatic invasive species, so make sure to clean, drain and dry your equipment after every use to help keep Lake Tahoe the jewel of the Sierra that it is today.