Lake Tahoe Water Sport Activities

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The temps are heating up in Lake Tahoe and it’s time to get on the water! While it may still be a little chilly for most to brave a dip in the lake, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors this weekend.


Paddleboarding is one up-and-coming trend I support. To some onlookers it may seem a bit boring, but I promise you, it’s fun, relaxing and a workout! The ideal paddleboarding conditions are calm waters. The lake is typically the smoothest during the early mornings and late evenings – sunset paddles are my favorite.

If you don’t own a paddleboard, there are plenty of places you can rent one by the hour or by the day. South Tahoe Standup Paddle, located on El Dorado beach at Lakeview Commons, also has tours and lessons. Check out their webcam online to see conditions before you go. Check out the South Tahoe Standup Paddle Blog for more awesome places to paddle.


Kayaking is another great sport for getting out and exploring Lake Tahoe. Offering a similar fun/relaxing/workout combo, kayaking is potentially the safer option if you prefer to stay dry. There are several spots to rent kayaks around the lake. I recommend heading to Emerald Bay or Baldwin Beach for some of the most scenic locations.

* Always remember to wear or bring a life jacket with you – it’s the law and you will be escorted to shore or fined if you are spotted without one.

– Rachel Roberts



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