Mandatory boat checks begin Saturday at Donner Lake |

Mandatory boat checks begin Saturday at Donner Lake

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Watercraft inspections will begin at the Donner Lake Public Boat Launch on May 9.

Inspections will only be available on Saturday and Sunday until June 1, when inspections will be conducted seven days a week, according to a town of Truckee news release.

In January 2014, the town adopted a law requiring mandatory inspections on motorized and/or trailered watercraft, and other watercraft having water ballast tanks, prior to launching into Donner Lake.

“Inspections are for the purpose of helping to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into Donner Lake,” officials said.

All other watercraft may be subject to an inspection prior to entering Donner Lake if determined necessary.

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District staff will perform inspections. After passing, the watercraft owner/operator must purchase a program sticker that allows him or her to launch.

The following stickers are available for purchase:

Annual (requires monthly re-inspection): $40

Summer Seasonal (requires monthly re-inspection): $25

Monthly: $10

Donner Only: $20

In order to obtain a Donner Only sticker, boaters are required to sign an affidavit stating the vessel will only be launched in Donner Lake for the season.

According to the town, watercraft identified as high risk will be required to be decontaminated. Decontaminations will be available for a fee and will take place at Alpine Meadows, off Highway 89, or a the location near Truckee Tahoe Airport, opening late May.

Visit for more information on watercraft inspections, as well as the watercraft screening application.