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Lake Tahoe Approved PWC Listed By AWA
American Watercraft Association

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), a regional government body made of representatives of the U.S. government, the states of California and Nevada and local agencies surrounding the lake, enacted a regulation to only allow new-technology motorboats to operate on Lake Tahoe. Sailboats using old-technology (carbureted) 2-cycle engines were exempted.


There are currently 26 PWC models legal to ride at Lake Tahoe. These models are the cleanest, quietest boats on the water. PWC owners have embraced these new craft for their versatility, fuel efficiency and friendliness to the environment.


For information about outboard motors allowed at Tahoe, contact the TRPA.


The following personal watercraft meet or exceed requirements set by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and are legal to operate on Lake Tahoe.




Model  Year(s)    
Honda F-12 2002
Honda F-12X   2002
Kawasaki 1100 STX Di 2000-2002
Kawasaki Ultra 130 Di 2001-2002
Polaris Genesis FFi 1999-2002
Polaris Genesis i 2001-2002
Polaris Virage Txi 2001-2002
Polaris Virage i 2002
Sea-Doo GTX 4-Tec 2002
Sea-Doo GTX Di 2000-2002
Sea-Doo LRV Di 2002
Sea-Doo Rx Di 2000-2002
Tigershark TS1100Li 1999
Yamaha FX 140 2002

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