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Lake Tahoe boat inspections moving to winter operations

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@tahoedailytribune.com

LAKE TAHOE — AS fall gets under way, the Tahoe Resource Conservation District announced this week that boat inspection sites will move to selected launch ramps starting Thursday, Oct. 1, for winter operations.

TRCD inspectors will be located at the Cave Rock (East Shore) and Lake Forest (Tahoe City) boat launches from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.

"It is more efficient to move inspections back to the boat ramps with the decrease in boater traffic during the slower fall and winter months," Dennis Zabaglo, aquatic resources program manager at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, said in a news release, "but we will continue operations at roadside inspection locations for the 2016 summer boating season."

All motorized craft are required to have an approved inspection seal before accessing the lake by any boat ramp.

Staff will remain on site at all Tahoe area boat ramps to check for inspection seals, but inspections will only be offered at the two locations.

The owner of any craft failing inspection will need to make an appointment to have the boat decontaminated.

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The inspection process is designed to keep invasive species from populating the lake.

TRCD estimates that more than 14,000 vessels launched at Lake Tahoe so far during the 2015 boating season. The organization decontaminated approximately 3,200 watercraft that failed inspection.

Boat inspection seals run between $30 and $121 depending on size, with seven-day and seasonal pass options.

Winter boat ramp and inspection hours are subject to weather. Boaters are encouraged to confirm hours and inspection locations online at TahoeBoatInspections.com or by calling 888-824-6267.