Sand Harbor boat ramp reopening

After the best winter in years, Lake Tahoe is slowly refilling.

In fact, state Parks officials say there’s already enough water to reopen the boat ramp at Sand Harbor State Park.

At least for small boats.

Tahoe parks supervisor Jay Howard said for now, the ramp is only open to boats less than 14 feet long but the lake is still rising as the snowpack begins to melt.

“The park is pleased to be able to launch smaller boats for now and we expect that the lake will continue to rise to accommodate larger boats soon,” he said.

The ramp is open Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The park charges $20 per boat to launch.

Howard said boaters are required to have powered watercraft inspected or sealed prior to arriving at the ramp as part of the effort to prevent invasive species from getting into the lake. Inspection stations and more information can be found at


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