Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor boat ramp to close Friday |

Lake Tahoe’s Sand Harbor boat ramp to close Friday

Staff and wire report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Officials earlier this week announced plans to close the boat launch at Sand Harbor State Park east of Incline Village, off Lake Tahoe's North Shore.

The Sand Harbor boat ramp will be closed to the public starting this Friday due to low water conditions aided by the Western drought.

Park Superintendent Jay Howard says this is the fourth consecutive season that low water conditions have prompted an early closure at the harbor.

Officials say launching from the ramp when the water is too low can damage boats and the end of the ramp.

The Sand Harbor launch area will still be open to non-motorized, carry-in boats.

Earlier this week, the boat launch at Cave Rock on Tahoe's East Shore also closed for a period of 30 to 60 days, as construction crews finish work on U.S. Highway 50 through and around the Cave Rock tunnel.

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Launch areas at Lake Forest in Tahoe City, Obexers on the West Shore and Tahoe Keys Marina on the South Shore will remain open to motorized boat use.

Visit to learn more about Sand Harbor.