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.
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
Adrift Tahoe: standuppaddletahoe.com
Tahoe Paddle and Oar: tahoepaddle.com
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.