Donner Lake boaters now face invasive species inspections similar to those imposed on Lake Tahoe boaters. Mandatory inspections are taking place at the Public Boat Launch, Friday through Sunday. Inspections will be given seven days per week starting June 1.
Boaters will pay a fee for the inspections that will take no more than 5 minutes. A monthly inspection sticker is $10, $25 for a summer sticker, and $40 dollars for an annual. Non-motorized watercraft like, paddle boards, kayaks, and sailboats are exempt from the required inspection.
Boats that fail inspection will be required to be decontaminated at one of the Lake Tahoe decontamination stations. Northstar and Alpine Meadows have decontamination stations. Water within the hull or ballast tank is a common reason for inspection failure.
Aquatic Invasive Species pose a significant and imminent threat to Donner Lake. The screening procedures have been put in place to preserve and protect the lake’s ecosystem.
Funding for the mandatory inspections is with grants from the Truckee River Fund and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Watercraft Inspection Programs for Boca, Prosser, and Stampede Reservoirs will be coming, but have not been made public thus far.