Lake Forest Boat Ramp





    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, 2022
    Ordinance 305 – Establishing 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 $25
    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 1 - 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