LAKE TAHOE — Three of the roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft for Lake Tahoe opened Wednesday for the 2013 boating season. The following three locations are open Sunday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to the Tahoe Conservation Resource District:
Meyers, at the junction of U.S. 50 and Highway 89
Spooner Summit, at the junction of U.S. 50 and Highway 28 in Nevada
Alpine Meadows: Highway 89, off Alpine Meadows Road north of Tahoe City
The other two roadside stations will open May 23, and will be open Thursday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and will be closed Monday-Wednesday:
Northstar: Highway 267, at Northstar Drive south of Truckee
Homewood: Highway 89, at Homewood Resort on the West Shore
All motorized boats and watercraft require inspection for aquatic invasive species prior to launching into Lake Tahoe. According to TRCD, boats and other watercraft are the largest transporters of AIS, and the inspection program is critical to preventing their spread into Lake Tahoe and other water bodies. Knowingly transporting AIS into Lake Tahoe is against the law, and violators may be subject to monetary penalties.
Annual watercraft inspection fees remain unchanged from 2012. The “Tahoe In & Out” sticker ranges from $35 for personal watercraft and vessels shorter than 17 feet and up to $121 for vessels longer than 39 feet. The “Tahoe Only” sticker fee is $30. An additional fee of $25 is being charged for any boat requiring decontamination, and an additional $10 fee for the decontamination of each raw water system such as ballasts, generators, live wells, etc.
Visit TahoeBoatInspections.com or call 888-824-6267 for more information.