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September 18, 2012
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Northstar and Homewood boat inspections stations to close Thursday

Thursday will be the last day of operations for the Northstar and Homewood boat inspection stations. Boat inspections and decontaminations will still be available at the Alpine, Spooner and Meyers stations until Sept. 30.

On Oct. 1, Tahoe boat inspections will move to select launch ramps and winter hours will begin.

Inspectors will be stationed at Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat launches from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting.

Boats with attached Lake Tahoe wire inspection seals and valid Tahoe inspection stickers will be permitted to launch during these times, but any new inspections are required to take place during daylight hours. Hot water decontaminations will be available through the month of October from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for watercraft that are not clean, drained and dry. Additional fees may apply for the decontamination process. Boats with intact inspection seals will still be permitted to launch at Sand Harbor, Obexer's and Tahoe Keys Marina, but no inspections or decontaminations will take place at these locations.

"It is more efficient to move inspections back to the boat ramps with the decrease in boater traffic during the slower fall and winter months," said Ted Thayer, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager at TRPA, "but we expect to continue operations at roadside inspection locations for the 2013 summer boating season. We appreciate the continued cooperation from Lake Tahoe boaters in helping to protect our amazing recreational resources from the growing threat of aquatic invasive species."

Inspection and boat ramp hours are weather permitting, and may be delayed or closed during winter storm conditions.

Boaters are encouraged to arrive Clean, Drained and Dry and to confirm hours and inspection locations online at or by calling the Tahoe Boat Inspection Hotline toll-free at 888-824-6267. Private launch facilities should be contacted directly for winter hours and weather closures.

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The Record Courier Updated Sep 18, 2012 07:27PM Published Sep 18, 2012 07:22PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.