Truckee Police Department

Watercraft Inspection Program


Prior to a watercraft, without a current Lake Tahoe inspection sticker, being launched into Donner Lake for the first time in the season, the owner or operator of the watercraft shall submit a self-inspection form to the Town of Truckee and obtain an inspection sticker for the watercraft. A current self-inspection form for the watercraft shall be kept in the watercraft and produced upon request of the Town of Truckee or its designee. Forms are also available at the Donner Lake Public Boat Launch.

*Please note that due to COVID-19 Town Hall is closed to public. To pick up your Donner Lake 2020 sticker please call the Police Department at (530) 550-2323 to make an appointment.

Watercraft can launch at Donner Lake if they either have a Donner Lake 2020 sticker or a current Tahoe sticker.

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 Support Services 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.

Donner Lake Sticker Options:

  • Donner Lake 2020 Sticker – No Fee

Frequent Questions and 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 [email protected].

Tahoe Resource Conservation District is postponing the opening of the Truckee and Meyers watercraft inspection stations due to COVID-19. Boaters can pay for a decontamination there if needed.


Hours of Operation for Watercraft Inspection & Decontamination Stations:

Truckee-Tahoe Station – CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19

Alpine Meadows Station – CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19

Lake Forest Station – CLOSED