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South Lake Tahoe: Private Guided Boat Tour

1. South Lake Tahoe: Private Guided Boat Tour

Perfect for families, friends, or a combination of both, explore Lake Tahoe with a private boat trip, with the local captain as your guide. Snorkel in the clear waters of Rubicon Bay, snap a photo of Vikingsholm mansion, and learn about the geographical history of the nearby Tallac Historic Site. Take in panoramic views of the Carson and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges towering over Lake Tahoe's shores. Pass by Camp Richardson and the Tallac Historic Site and then sail into the picturesque Emerald Bay, known for its vibrantly turquoise water. Continue to Fannette Island and catch a glimpse of the Scandinavian architecture of the Vikingsholm mansion. Before returning, cruise by the stunning beauty of the D.L. Bliss State Park and jump into the electric green and cobalt blue water of Rubicon Bay.

Lake Tahoe: Discover Kayaking or Paddleboarding Tour

2. Lake Tahoe: Discover Kayaking or Paddleboarding Tour

Enjoy a tour perfect for the beginner who wants to discover kayaking or stand up paddleboarding in a safe learning environment. You will receive a complete and thorough kayak or paddleboard lesson perfect for those with little-to-no prior experience. After your lesson, you will tour Lake Tahoe’s pristine coastline with your guide. More paddling tips as well as natural and human history will be discussed as you cruise through crystal-clear waters. Be mesmerized by the spectacular views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range. As the tour comes to an end, you will head back to the starting point, using your new paddling skills.

Lake Tahoe: North Shore Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

3. Lake Tahoe: North Shore Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

Embark on a scenic adventure at Lake Tahoe’s North Shore either via kayak or stand up paddleboard. After a quick introductory lesson on shore, head out and start paddling along the pristine coastline. Gaze at the views of the surrounding peaks as you paddle amongst boulders and get a glimpse of some of Tahoe’s most beautiful waterfront homes. Depending on lake conditions, you will paddle along the coast of King's Beach and among the boulders of Crystal Bay, or along scenic coastline towards Carnelian Bay. At midday, take a break at one of the local beaches in the area. Immerse yourself in the natural and human history of this very special alpine lake along the way. After your break, make your way back to the original meeting point with your guide.

Lake Tahoe: North Shore Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals

4. Lake Tahoe: North Shore Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals

Start your adventure at one of Tahoe's most relaxed and accessible beaches, Tahoe Vista. A local favorite for decades, this beach provides ample parking, onsite restrooms, plenty of shade, and picnic areas. It is the perfect beach to begin your self-guided paddle boarding adventure. After you receive your gear, choose a direction and paddle at your own pace. Pack a picnic lunch and head to one of many local beaches that dot the coastline. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe on your own schedule and paddle along the North Shore from King's Beach to Tahoe City or to Crystal Bay in Incline Village, Nevada. Explore for a half day or full day depending on option selected. As your day comes to an end, paddle back to Tahoe Vista and relax on the beach after a great day on the water.

Lake Tahoe: Sand Harbor Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

5. Lake Tahoe: Sand Harbor Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

Start your adventure at Sand Harbor, one of Tahoe’s most beautiful beaches. Immerse yourself in a comprehensive kayak or stand up paddle boarding lesson on the beach. Your knowledgeable tour guide will lead you along the pristine coastline that extends from Sand Harbor as you learn about the geology, ecology, and natural and human history of the lake. Navigate over mesmerizing turquoise waters and learn the interesting history of this area along the way. Enjoy a revitalizing midday lunch break on one of the local beaches. After lunch, head back to Sand Harbor with your guide and continue to soak up views of the surrounding Sierra Nevadas.

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What people are saying about Sierra Nevada, CA

This boat ride was the highlight of our trip with our grandchildren! Our captain Scott was friendly, professional, and courteous! Our grandchildren loved it! Especially our 9 year old autistic grandson! Thank you Scott and Brian! We Highly recommended this for families!

The boat Captain, Tim Doug is excellent; we enjoyed and have great fun on our boat trip. How I wish I can share some photos and videos. Again, Captain Tim Doug is great and wonderful person, and we looking forward to have a boat ride again with him.

This was a very fun time for our whole family! Felt very safe at all times and instructor Tim was easy to follow, and quickly improved all our skills.

Sully was an amazing on our kayak tour. Great information . Water and sunscreen a must.

Ryan was the tour guide. He did a great job!! Beautiful lake!!