Tahoe Vista opens boat launch under low water warning
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. andamp;#8212; Despite low water levels, officials have opened the boat launch at Tahoe Vista Recreation Area under a andamp;#8220;launch at your own risk warning.andamp;#8221;The Tahoe Vista launch will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekdays from noon to 6:30 p.m., the North Tahoe Public Utility District announced last week.Despite this year’s collection of late winter storms, the district is warning boaters to exercise caution due to Lake Tahoe’s anemic water levels, which also are not allowing the Coon Street boat launch in Kings Beach to open. Officials said they will continue to monitor water levels for a later summer opening date.andamp;#8220;If water levels improve and certified boat inspectors are available to staff this location, the launch will open,andamp;#8221; the utility district said in a press release.According to U.S. Geological Survey statistics taken Tuesday afternoon in Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe’s water level is at 6224.63 elevation feet. The lake’s natural rim is 6,223 elevation feet.Tahoe Vista boat launch was dredged in the spring to the maximum depth allowed by Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to accommodate construction of courtesy docks that will be installed in the basin this summer.Furthermore, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency boat inspectors will be onsite in Tahoe Vista, ensuring boats are checked for invasive species and that they get a blue boating sticker.Annual blue boating fees will range from $20 to $60 dollars. When combined with aquatic invasive species inspection fees, boaters will be charged $30 – $125 depending on if the boat is used exclusively in Lake Tahoe, or if it travels to other lakes, thereby necessitating further invasive species checks. The owner of an average size and horsepower boat would typically pay $65 to $75 for one full year of boating, or $30 to $40 if the boat is Lake Tahoe only. Off-site inspections and payment of fees also are available at Northstar-at-Tahoe, just off Highway 267; at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on Highway 89; at Spooner Summit near the State Route 28/U.S. Route 50 intersection east of Incline Village; and in Meyers near South Lake Tahoe, at the State Route 89/U.S. Route 50 intersection.Detailed information is available at http://www.trpa.org or http://www.tahoeboatinspections.com.
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