Donner Lake Mandatory Inspections

Truckee AIS LogoWatercraft inspections are mandatory for all motorized watercraft launching on Donner Lake. In 2014, the Town of Truckee passed an ordinance, Title 14, requiring inspections on all motorized and/or trailered watercraft. Inspections are required to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into Donner Lake. Non-motorized watercraft may be subject to an inspection prior to entering Donner Lake if determined necessary by the Town of Truckee or its designee. Inspections are available at any Lake Tahoe roadside watercraft inspection station.

  • Opening May 1st, operating 7 days a week, 8:30am – 5:30pm:
    • Alpine Meadows Inspection Station, off Hwy 89 and Alpine Meadows Road
    • Meyers Inspection Station, off Hwy 89 and Pomo Street
    • Spooner Summit Inspection Station, off Hwy 50 and 28
  • Opening May 19th, operating Thursday through Sunday, 8:30am – 5:30pm:
    • Truckee-Tahoe Inspection Station; off Hwy 267 and Truckee Airport Road

The Town of Truckee is continuing to partner with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District to implement inspections. The Town of Truckee’s goal is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by installing a gate at the Donner Lake Boat Ramp later this season. The gate will allow for increased security and ensure all boats are inspected or sealed prior to launching. The Town of Truckee is seeking input on what hours, days and months the ramp is operated. Please visit www.truckeeboatinspections.com to provide input.

Once established in local waters, aquatic invasive species such as, invertebrates (New Zealand mudsnails, quagga mussels, and Asian clam), plants (Eurasian watermilfoil, hydrilla, and curlyleaf pondweed), and warm water fish degrade aquatic ecosystems, inhibit recreation, damage infrastructure and equipment, and cause depreciation in property values.

“The health of local waters continues to be extremely important to the character, natural beauty and economic vitality of the Town of Truckee,” said Dan Olsen, Police Support Services Manager. “We believe that boaters, anglers and others who recreate on Donner Lake will continue to embrace the efforts to protect this precious natural resource.”

Watercraft identified as high risk will be required to be decontaminated before being able to launch in Donner Lake. Be prepared, and save time and money by arriving at the inspection station Clean, Drain and Dry.

Donner Lake inspection prices and options:

  • Annual Inspection (valid for calendar year)                            $40/vessel
  • Seasonal Inspection (valid May – Sept)                                  $25/vessel
  • Donner Only Seasonal (valid May – Sept)                             $20/vessel
  • Monthly Inspection                                                                  $10/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 and must sign an affidavit verifying the vessel will only be launched in Donner Lake. Boaters who do not exclusively launch on Donner Lake and visit other waterbodies must submit to monthly or seasonal inspections.

For more information on watercraft inspections at Donner Lake please visit www.TruckeeBoatInspections.com