Mandatory boat checks could begin May 10 at Donner Lake
BY THE NUMBERS
• $10 per vessel - monthly
• $25 per vessel - summer season (May through September)
• $40 per vessel - annual
• $20 per vessel - Donner-only summer season
• $100 for up to 25 vessels - commercial fleet Donner only
• $100 - first offense
• $200 - second offense
• $500 - third offense
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Starting this spring, launching a motorized boat into Truckee water bodies will come at a cost.
On Tuesday, town council unanimously approved fees and fines for its recently reinstated watercraft inspection law, which mandates that motorized vessels entering Donner Lake be checked to minimize risk of aquatic invasive species.
On average, the process will take three to five minutes, said Dan Olsen, animal services/code compliance manager for the town.
If a vessel passes, the owner or operator will pay the fee associated with the selected sticker before launching.
Boats considered high-risk — either due to being wet and dirty or having been in known infested waters — will face a more in-depth inspection, Olsen said.
Vessels that fail inspection will not be allowed to launch unless they are decontaminated — available at Northstar and Alpine Meadows as part of Lake Tahoe’s mandatory program — or submit to quarantine.
With exception of boats with a Donner-only sticker, vessels will be re-inspected each month.
Inspections will be conducted by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District and are expected to start May 10 at the Donner Lake boat ramp, weather permitting.
Non-motorized watercraft — sailboats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, among others — will not require inspection.
Inspections at the Truckee River and Glenshire Pond (also covered in the law) would only happen if issues arise or complaints are received, since they are restricted to non-motorized use, according to the town.