With 72 miles of shoreline, you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of exploring the beaches of Lake Tahoe, but fortunately a multitude of accessible and fairly easy day trips aboard a kayak or stand up paddle board will have you paddling without the pressure. Tahoe South offers multiple access points to get out on its blue waters to discover diverse shores scattered with bulging boulders and pristine sands. Learn about our favorite day trips via kayak and SUP below.

Tahoe South Spring Landscape Project

Emerald Bay and Fannette Island | Courtesy: Rachid Dahnoun

Baldwin Beach to Emerald Bay
Best views of:
Mt. Tallac, Fannette Island
Located west of historic sites like Camp Richardson and Valhalla Tahoe, Baldwin Beach is a great launching pad for your journey to the illustrious Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed landmarks in the country. As the closest put-in to Emerald Bay, this tour is best for intermediate paddlers due to the high number of boats that will be within close proximity to your water vessel during your journey. As this bay is one of the most frequented areas of the lake, exercise caution as you maneuver into the mouth and stay close to the shores as a general rule of thumb. This tour is four to six miles round trip.

Kayaking Lake Tahoe

Kayaking Lake Tahoe | Courtesy: Dan Thrift

Sand Harbor
Best views of:
The East Shores and its famous beaches and coves
For a glimpse of some of the most beautiful coves on the lake, head to Sand Harbor on the northeast shore. This immensely popular beach offers Caribbean-like waters and the perfect location for a long, lazy day on white sands – or an invigorating tour of the Eastern shores, including Skunk Harbor, Chimney Beach and Secret Cove. It’s a choose your own adventure put-in that you’ll visit time and time again for the endless possibilities.

RoundHillPines_105Round Hill Pines in Tahoe South | Courtesy: Round Hill Pines

Round Hill Pines
Best views of:
Waterfront mansions and Edgewood Tahoe
For a relaxed tour, head to Round Hill Pines. Its close proximity to the Stateline area allows you to paddle in to other beaches while admiring the waterfront mansions, as well as the impressive Edgewood Tahoe course. Plan to launch from Round Hill Pines during the American Century Championship for a glimpse of celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Charles Barkley, July 19-24. Pull up your kayak on the dunes of the 17th hole of Edgewood for a front row seat to all of the action. For greater convenience, rent your paddle board or kayak directly at Round Hill Pines.

More launching points for your adventure: Nevada Beach, Cave Rock, Timber Cove, Kiva Beach, Lakeview Commons, Regan Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort, D.L. Bliss State Park, Meeks Bay


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