Watercraft Inspection Program


Prior to a watercraft being launched into Donner Lake for the first time for the season, the owner or operator must submit a self-inspection form to the Town of Truckee and obtain an inspection sticker for the watercraft.

You do NOT need a Donner Lake 2024 sticker if you have a current, valid Lake Tahoe sticker and have not entered any other body of water.

Watercraft self-inspections are mandatory for all motorized and/or trailered watercraft launching on Donner Lake through the Town of Truckee ordinance Title 14. Inspections are to help prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into Donner Lake. Non-motorized watercraft may be subject to an inspection prior to entering Donner Lake if determined necessary by the Town of Truckee or its designee.

Once established in local waters, aquatic invasive species such as, invertebrates (New Zealand mudsnails, quagga mussels, and Asian clam), plants (Eurasian watermilfoil, hydrilla, and curlyleaf pondweed), and warm water fishes degrade aquatic ecosystems, inhibit recreation, damage infrastructure and equipment, and cause depreciation in property values.

“The health of local waters continues to be extremely important to the character, natural beauty, and economic vitality of the Town of Truckee”, said Deverie Acuff, Police Administrative Manager. “We believe that boaters, anglers, and others who recreate on Donner Lake will continue to embrace the efforts to protect this precious natural resource.”

Watercraft identified as high risk will be required to be decontaminated before being able to launch in Donner Lake.

Below are the steps in place to launch your watercraft at Donner Lake this summer:

1️⃣ Print the self-inspection form

*️⃣ If you do not have a printer or need assistance, email policedepartment@townoftruckee.com

2️⃣ Inspect your boat at its current location – you do not need to bring your boat to the Truckee Police Department.

3️⃣ Bring your completed form into the Truckee Police Department between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (no appointment needed). * TRUCKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS THE ONLY AGENCY WITH 2024 DONNER LAKE STICKERS. YOU WILL NEED TO COME TO THE PD LOBBY DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS TO OBTAIN A STICKER.

4️⃣ Once you receive your Donner Lake 2024 sticker from the Police Department, place it on your boat, and keep your completed, current inspection form in your boat.

5️⃣ Your boat is now ready to launch at Donner Lake!

6️⃣ Pay launch fees to launch ramp staff and launch your boat. For details on where to launch, lake amenities, and the cost go to: https://www.tdrpd.org/

Donner Lake Sticker Options:

  • Donner Lake 2024 Sticker – No Fee
  • Current, existing valid Lake Tahoe sticker ($80-$100)

Donner Lake Self Inspection Form

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Partnership with Nevada Department of Wildlife, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Tahoe Resource Conservation District – How to Clean, Drain, Dry Your Watercraft

For questions, email policedepartment@townoftruckee.com.


Hours of Operation for Watercraft Inspection & Decontamination Stations:

Truckee-Tahoe Station- No longer operating.

Alpine Meadows Station  May 15th – September 30th – operation hours will be 8:30 am – 5:30 pm daily.

255 Alpine Meadows Rd., Alpine Meadows, CA 96146

Lake Forest Station – NOTE: Sealed boats only, no inspections during summer operations.

2500 Lake Forest Rd., Tahoe City, CA 96145

October 1 – April 30 – Open from 8 am – 6 pm daily, weather permitting

For more information on the Inspection Station locations and operating hours: Tahoe Boat Inspections

*Please note that the watercraft inspection stations do not have 2024 Donner Lake stickers. You must obtain a sticker from the Truckee PD lobby during normal business hours.