Boat in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Seeing More Illegal Boat Rentals and Charters

Paula Peterson, South Tahoe Now

(SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif) June 20, 2022 β€” The lure of Lake Tahoe is historic, and has brought many to its shores to live or play, jump in, or boat on for well over a century. While it may feel good when it gets hot outside, the cold water of Lake Tahoe can be dangerous and needs to be respected, and many agencies around the lake are tasked with keeping the public safe.

One increasing way they are addressing safety issues is targeting illegal boat operators who rent out their watercraft or offer charters on their boats that come with captains.

The is a surge of illegal boat operators on Lake Tahoe, luring people to enjoy the lake through third-party boat rental websites like and that operate much like Airbnb does with homes. Not all rentals listed on these sites are missing the appropriate permits, but it is important to check. Not all boat rental businesses conduct themselves legally or with the public’s safety in their best interest, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office (EDSO) boat patrol estimates that 100-150 illegal boat rentals can be on the lake at […]



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