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Mandatory boat checks for invasive species begin at Sierra Nevada lake

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Mandatory inspections began at the Donner Lake Public Boat Launch on May 16 and are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday until June 1, after which they will happen seven days per week.

In January, Truckee Town Council approved fees and fines for its reinstated watercraft inspection law, which mandates that motorized vessels entering Donner Lake be checked to minimize risk of aquatic invasive species.

To help pay for startup costs, the town was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Truckee River Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, according to a news release.

“These funds will assist in paying for the initial equipment needed to get the program started,” officials said.

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Inspections will be conducted by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District. On average, the process will take three to five minutes.

If a vessel passes, the owner or operator will pay the fee associated with the selected sticker before launching.

Fees are $10 per vessel for a monthly pass; $25 for summer season (May through September); $40 for an annual pass; or $20 for Donner-only summer season.

In order to obtain a Donner Only sticker, boaters must sign an affidavit stating the watercraft will only be launched in Donner Lake for the summer.

Vessels that fail inspection will not be allowed to launch unless they are decontaminated — available for a fee at Northstar and Alpine Meadows as part of Lake Tahoe’s mandatory program — or submit to quarantine.

More information is posted on the Town of Truckee website at


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