Out-of-Area Boaters to be Allowed on Lake Tahoe by Late June

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Out of area boaters will soon be allowed back on Tahoe. Credit: Hari Nandakumar | Unsplash

Boaters from outside the area will soon be able to get on Lake Tahoe with inspection stations scheduled to open with COVID-19 precautions in place between June 26 and July 1.

As regional travel and tourism restrictions ease, the watercraft inspection team is staffing up, training personnel, and preparing inspection stations to open to boaters coming from neighboring areas and around the western U.S. Precautions being made are intended to protect inspectors, boaters, and local communities from the spread of novel coronavirus. We appreciate everyone’s patience as inspectors prepare the four off-site inspection stations to open under unprecedented circumstances.

“Lake Tahoe’s aquatic invasive species program is critical to protect the very reason that people love to recreate on Lake Tahoe. It’s paramount that watercraft inspectors and boaters remain safe during the inspections and we appreciate the boating community’s cooperation during these unprecedented times.”

TRPA Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta

Any boat with an intact Lake Tahoe inspection seal can proceed to launch now at area boat ramps or marinas. Sealed boats do not need an inspection because the unique wire seal attached to the boat and trailer ensures that Lake Tahoe was the last place it was launched.

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