Lake Forest Boat Ramp

With the winter storm forecasted, the Lake Forest Boat Ramp will be closed Tuesday, March 28th and scheduled to reopen Wednesday, March 29th at 11:00am.





Boat Ramp Web Cam

The TCPUD is excited to offer the Lake Forest Boat Ramp for launching in Lake Tahoe. The facility is located 1.5 miles east of Tahoe City off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road at 2500 Lake Forest Rd., Tahoe City, CA 96145 and offers limited day use parking and restrooms. You can also enjoy a picnic area, playground, and small beach area at the adjacent Tahoe State Recreation Area (Pomin Park).

Boat Launch Operations

The boat ramp can be very busy at times during the summer boating season. Prepare before you launch and practice good etiquette to ensure a quick and efficient launch. Always recreate responsibly to protect yourself, others, and the outdoors. 

Things to consider:

  • Parking is very limited/no overnight parking allowed (see Parking FAQ)
  • Open year-round with seasonal changes in hours of operation (see below)
  • Boaters must abide by all posted entry and inspection guidelines, payment processing, launching rules and exiting processes
  • Mandatory Motorized Watercraft Inspections Required per TRPA

New Ordinance in Effect as of March 18, 2023
Ordinance 307 – Parking and Use Regulations at the Lake Forest Boat Ramp Facility
For more information, visit our FAQ.

Mandatory Watercraft Inspection Program

All motorized watercraft must receive a TRPA Boat Inspection prior to launching - for a list of inspection locations and hours, please visit:

Tahoe Boat Inspections

  • If your boat is NOT sealed you will NOT be allowed to launch. TRPA boat inspection appointments can be made HERE or call (888) 824-6267
  • For more information on mandatory TRPA launch stickers and fees click HERE

Season and Day Use Launch Passes

All Lake Forest Boat Ramp Season Launch Passes must be purchased in advance online
No refunds/credits.

Purchase Season Launch Passes here

Once purchased, season pass stickers will be available at the Lake Forest Boat Ramp Kiosk within three business days.  Passes can also be sent via US mail or picked up at the TCPUD District office located at 221 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City.

TCPUD Property Owner/Resident Vessel Sticker

Launch Fees:

Location:  2500 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City Fees:

Daily Launch - TCPUD Resident/Property Owner (Resident Vessel Sticker required)

Daily Launch - Non-Resident/Non-Property Owner $75
Summer Season Launch Pass - TCPUD Resident/Property Owner
May 1 - September 30
Summer Season Launch Pass - Non-Resident/Non-Property Owner
May 1 - September 30
Annual Season Launch Pass - TCPUD Resident/Property Owner
January 1 - December 31
Annual Season Launch Pass - Non-Resident/Non-Property Owner
January 1 - December 31

*A resident is defined as a water or sewer customer of the District

Hours of Operation: 

Dates: Time: Type:
May 1 - September 5

Mon. - Thurs.
6:00am - 7:00pm 

Fri. - Sun.
6:00am - 8:00pm

Sealed Boats Only
September 6 - September 30 6:00am - 7:00pm Sealed Boats Only
October 1 - October 16 8:00am - 6:00pm Inspections Available
October 17 - December 31 6:00am - 4:00pm Inspections Available
January 2 - April 30 6:00am - 4:00pm Sealed Boats Only

Lake Forest Boat Ramp will be closed in observance of the listed holidays:


 Please contact us at (530) 583-3796 or at