Your Vessel Awaits You: Ways to Explore the Open Waters of Lake Tahoe
Feel the cool alpine breeze and the warm sun kissing the lake’s surface while gliding on the freshest blue waters in a kayak, boat or on top of a paddleboard. With an abundance of rentals available in the Lake Tahoe area, you’ll be on the water and exploring the Lake of the Sky in no time.
A sunset cruise on the lake is a true Tahoe experience. Photo credit: Brad Scott
‘Yaks & SUPs
Kayak Tahoe provides kayak and paddleboard rentals from five different locations in Tahoe South, so you’re never too far from a pick up or drop off location for ultimate convenience. Make your own path or opt for a guided tour, such as the Emerald Bay Tour that takes you around the famed Fannette Island.
For more experienced explorers, the Lake Tahoe Water Trail is the perfect resource for self-guided tours. The trail outlines 72 miles of sandy beaches and rocky inlets, with 30 public launch/landing sites for kayaks and paddleboards. Bring personal watercrafts that meet cleanliness standards or rent from local shops.
Get a little competitive on your SUP and race! Photo credit: South Tahoe Standup Paddle
South Tahoe Standup Paddle offers a selection of paddleboards available for rent, with boards available for every age and skill level. Lessons are available for any ability, from covering the basics to improving paddle technique and building confidence on the water. Guests have the option of attending a guided paddleboarding tour that includes history and trivia about the Tahoe Basin.
Another great location for kayaking is Fallen Leaf Lake. Hourly and daily rentals are available for this hidden gem near the Camp Richardson area.
A useful starting point for boating beginners is Lake Tahoe Boating. This website is a helpful tool in discovering the marinas, boat rentals and launching points around the lake to ensure the most enjoyable experience for all experience levels.
Accessible at ten locations, Tahoe Sports is a family-owned business that provides boat and watercraft rentals. A day of sightseeing on the water with fully fueled power boat rentals, equipped with VHF radio and Coast Guard approved safety equipment, ensure proper safety and loads of fun. Tour guides are also available.
Round Hill Pines Beach Resort hosts a marina with several boating services and rentals. The resort offers guests the opportunity to moor personal boats or rent 10-12 passenger vessels.
Feel the need for speed on the water. Photo credit: Lake Tahoe Boat Rides
An intriguing learning experience for the is available from Lake Tahoe Boat Rides with guided boat tours and cruises accompanied by knowledgeable captains. The powerboats, sailboats and yacht options will stop at several locations along the way, allowing for passengers to sightsee, swim and even take a leap off of a cliff.
For a Lake Tahoe tour on an iconic and historic vessel, visit Zephyr Cove Beach and Resort. Day, evening and dinner cruises are offered on the award-winning fleet that includes the MS Dixie II and the Tahoe Paradise yacht.
The Ridge’s concierge services are always prepared to help with more information and to create memorable Tahoe vacations. Visit Organized Activities for opportunities that may arise for deals for your next adventure on the water.