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    ExperiencePaddleboarding/Kayaking

    Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals

    Lake Tahoe provides some of the most gorgeous and unique kayak and stand up paddleboarding in the world. With depths of over 2500 feet, clarity of 60 feet, and the Stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains encircling the lake, one will not regret getting out on the lake and taking in the marvelous 360 views. One reason why such water activities are so unique is they provide access to tropical esc lagoons, coves, and beaches that are near impossible to find and then access unless you were hunting the shoreline from the water. We recommend you make time to explore the lake during summer months via a kayak or paddleboard. The experience is world-class.

    Some must-see areas to explore from your kayak or paddleboard are listed below, as well as rentals. For more details on how to access these amazing places,
    please consult the front desk.

    EastShore Paddles

    Chimney Beach, Secret Cove, and Skunk Harbor from Sand Harbor
    From Sand Harbor, travel along the shoreline south. The paddling here hosts adventurers to majestic views of the eastern shoreline as well as access to unmarked coves, swimming holes, and beaches. Because the area is scarcely accessed from the road, the beaches are unmarked. The best way to know exactly where to go is to plan via google maps satellite view. The front desk is happy to assist in planning paddles to these destinations. To keep it simple, however, if you start paddling south from Sand Harbor, you will find gems that only the east shore of Lake Tahoe can provide.

    For an easier day, one can also stay in the Sand Harbor area and explore miles of sandy beach, rock outcroppings, and cliffs. Sand harbor also provides food and drink vendors, rentals, picnic areas, and water sport rentals.

    Lakeshore Blvd, via Hidden Beach: Paddling the famed Lakeshore Blvd in Incline Village will give adventurers a taste of the lavish lifestyles of Lake Tahoe’s elite. The beachside mansions, compounds, and estates are clearly visible for the entirety of the paddle. Be aware that you will have to paddle around yachts and speed boats parked on buoy’s from said estates. This paddle is an excellent paddle for one simply trying to get out on the water. The distance of travel from Hidden Beach down Lakeshore is approx. five miles—give or take a couple depending on how close you are to the shoreline.

    The best rentals for these paddles are either out of Sand Harbor or Action Water Sports in Incline Village.

    Sand Harbor Rentals: sandharborrentals.com

    Action Water Sports: awsincline.com


    KingsBeach Paddles

    Kings Beach is a beach town in the heart of North Lake Tahoe. The town itself gives off a true beach vibe with lakeside shopping, water sports, and bars and eateries. The shopping ranges from high end boutiques to gift shops. The food varies from dive style burger joints to high end Hispanic food.  The town also offers the Kings Beach State Recreation area, where visitors are privy to playgrounds, picnic areas, a walking pier, and of course large beach space. Kings Beach recreation area is a great place for families to park and play for a day. Grabbing lunch and essentials is easy as everything you need is within walking distance. One can also rent non-motorized watercraft on the beach at North Tahoe Watersports. Other places to rent kayaks and stand up paddleboards nearby are Adrift Tahoe (is on the beach next to Jakes on the lake) and Tahoe Paddle and Oar. The ease of access and proximity to the hotel (about 15 minutes), also make Kings Beach a great place to visit if one only has limited time to see the lake.

    Adrift Tahoe: standuppaddletahoe.com

    Tahoe Paddle and Oar: tahoepaddle.com


    WestShore Paddles

    Paddling the west shore of Lake Tahoe will not disappoint. Adventurers can explore famous shores such as Sugar Pine State Park, Rubicon Bay, Rubicon Point via D.L Bliss State Park, and Emerald Bay. These different areas are treasures themselves. Access to the western shoreline can be difficult if you do not wish to hike far, thus we recommend accessing the water via Sugar Pine State Park.

    DonnerLake Paddles from West End Beach

    Donner Lake is one of the gems that Truckee offers. Located just 10 minutes from the hotel, the Lake is famous for involuntarily hosting the famed Donner Party back in 1846. Surrounded by the looming Sierra Crest and Donner Peak, the lake hosts thick High Sierra forest, various beaches, docks, the Donner Memorial State Park, and miles of hiking trails via the state park. During summer the lake is frequented with jet skis, kayaks, paddle boards, boats, and fishermen. Rentals are available at Donner Lake Water Sports located on West End Beach.

    Nestled on the West Shore of Donner Lake, this 10-acre day use beach facility offers excellent shaded picnic and BBQ sites for families or groups.  While it is not the largest beach in the Tahoe area, it meets all the requirements for a relaxing, sunbathing adventure.  There is an entrance fee of $3 and dogs are not allowed.  Swimming here is excellent, although the water is cold early in the summer. Paddleboard, kayak and jet ski rentals are adjacent to the beach. Donner Lake also offers public docks which you will drive past on your way to West End Beach. These docks are a secluded alternative to the busy beaches.