US Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe
2500 Lake Forest Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
US Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe is a small boat station in the US Coast Guard’s 11th District, Sector San Francisco. Operational year-round, the station utilizes two 25-foot Defender Class Boats to provide maritime law enforcement and search and rescue services to boaters on Lake Tahoe.
At an elevation of 6,223 feet, the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Station has the distinction of being the highest-altitude Coast Guard station in the country.
The Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Station is located in Tahoe City and operates 24/7. Someone stands watch from 9am to an hour after sunset during non-winter months. During winter months there is no watch stander on duty, but a crew mans the station at all times. The station maintains two 25′ RBS boats.
Assisting the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard are three auxiliaries that serve the north and south shores.
About 100 members are divided into three flotillas. Flotilla 01 is on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Flotilla 04 is in South Lake Tahoe, and Flotilla 03 meets in Reno but includes Sparks, Carson City, and the surrounding area. Many of the men and women who volunteer their time for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are veteran sailors and want to share their skills and education with recreation boaters. The three auxiliaries focus primarily on Boating Education and Vessel Safety Checks and hold the boating safety classes at Lake Tahoe.
Arriving at US Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe
FROM RENO, NV: Take I-80 West toward Truckee, CA. Exit 185 off of I-80. Turn left off the exit ramp and head toward Tahoe City on Rt. 89 (also known as River Road). Go straight through 4 sets of lights (the 4th set is in Tahoe City, about 25 minutes from exit 185 off I-80, across from Albertson’s Grocery). This road is now Rt. 28. Follow Rt. 28 till you see signs for the U.S. Coast Guard Station on your right. Turn right on Lake Forest Road. Go approx 1/4 mile. Turn right into the Coast Guard base. Come down toward the lake till you see the office; this is where you check in. Go straight to the gate and contact us through the call box.
FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Take I-80 East toward RENO/TAHOE. Take exit no. 185 toward Rt. 89 (heading toward Squaw Valley). Turn right off the off ramp on Rt. 89 (also known as River Road) and go straight through all sets of lights. It will take 25 minutes to get to Tahoe City. When you reach Tahoe City continue straight through the set of lights (by Albertson’s grocery) and follow the road (Route 28 now). Follow Rt. 28 till you see signs for the U.S. Coast Guard Station on your right. Turn right on Lake Forest Road. Go approx 1/4 mile. Turn right into the Coast Guard base. Come down toward the lake till you see the office; this is where you check in. Go straight to the gate and contact us through the call box.