Access to IVGID Beaches (Ski Beach, Incline Beach and Burnt Cedar) is restricted to IVGID Picture Pass holders and Punch Card holders with beach access.

Ski Beach

The Ski Beach Boat Launch can be accessed by IVGID Picture Pass or Punch Card holders for launching boats and jet skis.

  • Walk in and kayak drop off available at 7:00am. 
  • Autumn Beach Gate Hours:  Burnt Cedar, Incline Beach, and Ski Beach are open 9am – 6pm daily
  • Boat launches available from 9 - 6 daily. If you have any boat launch related questions- please call 707-315-7362.
  • All gates will be locked promptly at 9:00pm 

Ski Beach Boat Launch Web Cam & Forecast


View the "recreational report" for Lake Tahoe from the National Weather Service

Lake Tahoe water level and wave conditions vary. Boaters are encouraged to know and understand water level and wave conditions and the impact on safe boat launching or retrieval before using the Ski Beach Boat Ramp.

Notice to boaters on aquatic invasive species

The IVGID Boat Ramp at Ski Beach has been following the TRPA Code Amendments adopted at the TRPA Governing Board meeting on September 24, 2008 and updated on January 25, 2012, that require all boats entering Lake Tahoe be inspected and sealed by a Certified Invasive Species Inspector. IVGID is determined to do its part to try and keep Quagga Mussels, Zebra Mussels, New Zealand Mud Snails and other aquatic invasive species out of Lake Tahoe. Please visit for inspection locations, hours, fees, etc. 

Open now through October 31, following the ramp schedule adjusted for weather conditions, a seal inspector will be on-site 7 days per week at the Ski Beach Ramp for those boats who have an intact boat seal. Boats requiring a full inspection will be rerouted to official TRPA Inspection stations – the nearest being at Spooner Summit, with an alternate location near the entrance to Northstar California resort.  

Watercraft Launch Passes

2020 Season Watercraft Launch Application

Season Watercraft Launch passes for boats and jet skis are available to IVGID Picture Pass holders at both the Ski Beach Gate and Parks & Recreation Counter inside the Recreation Center. Daily launch passes are also available to IVGID Picture Pass and Punch Card holders at the Ski Beach Gate . Passes are  on sale in late April and are good through October 31. For more information pleaase call 775.832.1165

Daily Watercraft Launch Pass: Vehicle w/Trailer (Boat & Jet Ski) - $20

Daily Beach and Boat Launch passes are non-refundable.

Season Watercraft Launch Pass: Vehicle w/Trailer (Boat & Jet Ski) -$160

In order to purchase a season pass, please go to the Ski Beach kiosk or Parks & Recreation Counter and bring your valid IVGID Picture pass, current permanent vessel registration in the resident's name, current driver’s license and complete an application.

Off-Season Boating

  • Autumn Beach Gate Hours:  Burnt Cedar, Incline Beach, and Ski Beach are open 9am – 6pm daily.
  • Starting Sunday, October 11th boat launch appointments are available from 9-5 by calling 707-315-7362 24 hours in advance.

Watercraft Rules & Regulations for Ski Beach

Current Rules and Regulations