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Truckee Watercraft Inspections prevent Aquatic Invaders. It’s Easy. It Matters.

Posted on July 24, 2014
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Eco-Tips

Hey Truckee boaters. We didn’t leave you out. You – yes, you – can help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Truckee and Tahoe water bodies with free and voluntary boat inspections at Donner Lake, and Boca, Prosser and Stampede Reservoirs May through September.

We’re all in this boat together and these power boat and paddler inspections are easy, and above all, they matter. Come prepared – Clean, Drained and Dry and you’ll sail right through.  Learn more at

Watercraft inspections and boater education on aquatic invasive species (AIS) will take place at Donner Lake and Boca, Prosser, and Stampede reservoirs from late May through early September.

Inspections are available at the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District public boat launch at 1511 Donner Pass Road.

After passing inspection, the boater must purchase a sticker that allows them to launch without an inspection for the remainder of the month. The following stickers are available for purchase:

Annual (requires monthly re-inspection) – $40

Summer; May-Sept. (requires monthly re-inspection) – $25

Monthly – $10

Donner Only – $20

In order to obtain a Donner Only sticktions are voluntary, but highly recommended to avoid the spread of AIS, such as quagga and zebra mussels and New Zealand mudsnails, which pose a significant threat to Truckee/Tahoe area water bodies and the local economies. Quagga and zebra mussels are especially problematic, as they 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 Truckee area water bodies.

During 2011 Tahoe RCD inspectors logged over 7,700 boater interactions, including both inspections and opportunities for boater education on AIS. According to surveys completed during 2011 inspections, 85% of boat owners agree that inspections are an important component in stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species.

er, boaters are required to sign an affidavit stating that the watercraft will only be launched in Donner Lake for the entire summer season. Decontamination is required for all watercraft identified as high risk and are available for a fee at Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Stations.

The Tahoe RCD managed a voluntary watercraft inspection program at Donner Lake from 2009 – 2013 and is pleased to continue to partner with the Town of Truckee in the development and evaluation of their mandatory program.

For more information, program updates and announcements visit or contact Teresa Crimmens at 530.587.4911.

About Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD)

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s (Tahoe RCD) mission is to promote the conservation and improvement of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s soil, water and related natural resources by providing leadership, information, programs, and technical assistance to all land managers, owners, organizations, and residents.  The Tahoe RCD is a non-regulatory, grant funded, public agency that works with a variety of partner agencies to implement projects, programs and outreach which currently focus on erosion control, runoff infiltration, terrestrial and aquatic invasive species control, and conservation landscaping.  For additional information, contact Pete Brumis at (530) 543-1501 or

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