Aquatic Invasive Species

[Graphic]: Rotating animated red and white life preserver and the word help in black letters.Attention Boaters!  [Graphic]: Rotating animated red and white life preserver and the word help in black letters.

Boaters who want to launch watercraft at Meeks Bay and Echo Lakes boat launch facilities will be subject to boat inspections involving the boat hull, engine, live well, bilge and trailer.  Boat inspections will be conducted by Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, or marina staff who are certified to conduct such inspections.  Boats will be subject to decontamination (washing) if the result of inspection warrants such action.

Boaters who want to launch small watercraft (canoes, kayaks, rafts or other vessels that can be carried by hand) at developed recreation sites are subject to AIS screening or boat inspection. Boats will be subject to decontamination (washing) if the result of inspection warrants such action. Boat decontamination sites that are available to the public include:


West Shore
Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
Highway 89 (towards Truckee)
Left on Alpine Meadow Road
Deer Park parking lot on left

Homewood Ski Resort
Highway 89 (towards Emerald Bay)
Southern end of main parking lot

East Shore
Spooner Summit
Highway 50 (towards Carson)
Left on Highway 28 north
Left into Snow Park parking


South Shore
Highway 89 (towards Kirkwood)
Left on Pomo
Right on Cebo Circle

North Shore
Highway 267 (towards Truckee)
Left on Northstar Road
Castle Peak parking lot


Fallen Leaf Lake
(530) 544-5323
South Shore of Fallen Leaf Lake
Inspection/Decontamination Fee=$35


Boaters porting to various shoreline locations from undeveloped parking locations please be aware that you too have an important role in preventing AIS from entering Lake Tahoe and the basin's other lakes and streams!!! Boat inspection sites are provided at all boat ramps and marinas in Lake Tahoe.


Information on Watercraft Inspection and Fees

Please visit the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's website for Watercraft Inspection Fees and additional information.


Want to know if your boat needs to be inspected and/or decontaminated?

  • Small watercraft that enter into Fallen Leaf Lake via undeveloped portal areas and need boat decontamination can also do so at Fallen Leaf Lake Marina.


Where can AIS potentially be found on my kayak?


Who can you contact if you know your boat needs to be inspected or decontaminated or if you have other questions about AIS prevention?

  • Call 1-888-824-6267 (1-888-TAHO-ANS)


What are Aquatic Invasive Species?

Invasive species infiltrate and cause harm to and can threaten native aquatic ecosystems, recreational boating and swimming, commercial agriculture and local or regional economies. Aquatic invasive species are introduced and spread by moving boating,fishing or other aquatic recreational equipment that have been in contact with contaminated water-bodes to areas that do not have such species.

Thousands of non-native aquatic invasive plants, invertebrates, and disease-causing pathogens are infesting millions of acres of waters across the nation. These invaders cause massive disruptions in aquatic ecosystem function and health and reduce biodiversity in our nation's wetlands, rivers, and lakes. Aquatic invasive species also affect the health and survival of native aquatic fish, amphibians and other macro-fauna.  The financial impact from aquatic invasive species infestations in the United States has been estimated at $138 billion per year in total economic damages and associated control costs.

A strategic Forest Service response to aquatic invasive species is embodied in the National Strategy and Implementation Plan for Invasive Species Management launched in October 2004. The strategy is an aggressive program that harnesses the capabilitiesof the Forest Service. The Forest Service provides cutting edge leadership in natural resource management and research and development. Follow this link for more information on the Forest Service National Invasive Species program.

A species is considered invasive if it meets these two criteria:

  • It is non-native to the ecosystem under consideration
  • Its introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health


In the Lake Tahoe Basin the following Invasive Species are a concern:


Related Links

Eye on Invasive Species Newsletter
Learn How to Protect Your Waters
Tahoe Boat Inspections
100th Meridian Initiative