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Mussel Inspections

There are currently special requirements for the HROA Mussel Inspection Program due to State and County social distancing mandates to help to protect you and HROA staff from the COVID-19 (coronavirus).  


  1. HROA members and tenants with vessels that meet the criteria, are encouraged to sign up for the HROA Inspection Program for 3, 6 or 12 months.  Details and instructions are on the forms to the right.  To sign up, you must complete the agreement and a vessel screening permit for each vessel. 

  2. If you have previously signed up for the 12 month program or if you have inspections left over from last season, you may not have to fill out new forms to receive an updated vessel screening permit.  To enquire, send an email with your member number and vessel registration ("CF") number to [email protected] or call the Member Services Office at (805) 238-9641.

  3. On-demand inspections will resume when the Mussel Kiosk at the HROA Marina re-opens on weekends only on Saturday, April 10, 2021.  Kiosk hours will be 8 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays and Sundays only. 

  4. Effective on Friday, May 21, 2021, the Mussel Inspection Kiosk at the HROA Marina will be open Friday through Sunday from 8 AM to 2 PM.  

  5. On the weekdays when no in-person, on-demand, banding or mussel inspections are being performed at HROA,  boaters must go to the Main Marina at the Nacimiento Lake Resort to receive inspections and will have to launch from there.  For details and directions, visit 

  6. In order to launch from the HROA Marina, you must receive an inspection from an HROA inspector.  Inspections at the Main Marina are not transferrable. This restriction is imposed by the County of San Luis Obispo and is not negotiable.

  7. If you launch from the Main Marina during the week and plan to get an HROA inspection in the near future, ask Monterey County Main Marina staff to band the boat when you come off the lake.  You will still need an HROA inspection to launch from the HROA Marina, but the band will ensure you are not declined an HROA inspection because the vessel is still wet.

  8. The Mussel Inspection Kiosk at the HROA Marina will remain on the schedule above until the lake levels drop to below 730'. At that time the HROA Launch Ramp closes, the Kiosk closes and the HROA Mussel Inspection Program is put on hold.  Any remaining inspections are saved until lake elevations rise, the ramp reopens and the HROA Mussel Program resumes.

  9. If you have questions, please call the HROA Member Services Office at (805) 238-9641 or send an email to [email protected]


To ensure we can continue to have a self-supporting Mussel Self-Inspector program, effective January 1, 2019, self-inspectors are required to either:

  • Pay $25.00 annually


  • Volunteer four (4) hours during the peak season

Based on analysis and recommendations by the Marina Committee, this requirement was adopted by the Board of Directors at the September 21, 2018 meeting.

Please contact the HROA Member Services Office at (805) 238-9641 to schedule volunteer hours or to pay.