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September 20, 2012
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Tahoe boat inspections will move back to launch ramps

LAKE TAHOE — Thursday, Sept. 20, will be the last day of operations for the Northstar and Homewood boat inspection stations.

Boat inspections and decontaminations will still be available at the Alpine, Spooner and Meyers stations until Sept. 30, officials announced this week.

On Oct. 1, Tahoe boat inspections will move to select launch ramps and winter hours will begin. Tahoe RCD inspectors will be stationed at Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat launches seven days a week, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., weather permitting.

Boats with attached Lake Tahoe wire inspection seals and valid Tahoe inspection stickers will be permitted to launch during these times, but any new inspections are required to take place during daylight hours. Hot water decontaminations will be available through the month of October, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for watercraft that are not clean, drained and dry.

Additional fees may apply for the decontamination process. Boats with intact inspection seals will still be permitted to launch at Sand Harbor, Obexer's and Tahoe Keys Marina, but no inspections or decontaminations will take place at these locations.

Inspection and boat ramp hours are weather permitting, and may be delayed or closed during winter storm conditions. Boaters are encouraged to arrive clean, drained and dry and to confirm hours and inspection locations online at or by calling the Tahoe Boat Inspection Hotline toll-free at 888-824-6267. Private launch facilities should be contacted directly for winter hours and weather closures.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 20, 2012 12:07PM Published Sep 20, 2012 12:06PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.