Guide to Kayaking Lake Tahoe

Kayaking Lake Tahoe is a haven for water sports enthusiasts with its crystal-clear blue waters and breathtaking surroundings.

Kayaking Lake Tahoe

It is great for kayaking, swimming, or windsurfing, and has perfect weather with nearly 300 days of bright sunshine.

Kayaking Lake Tahoe

Here are five of the top-rated kayak rental options in the region:

Camp Richardson 
Tel: 800 544-1801
1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158

Camp Richardson is one of the best rental options for recreational kayaks with a choice to hire by the day or even by the hour. Guidance is given to help those with minimal experience to make sure the best kayak is chosen to match the ability. Sit on top kayaks are preferred by many for ease in use, and is especially useful for families. A popular paddling tour includes the Pope and Baldwin estates and the Tallac Historic sites of Valhalla, which are within a short distance and close to the north shoreline.

Tahoe Adventure Company 
Tel: 530 587-1277
7010 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148

The Tahoe Adventure Company is a rich source of guided kayak tours in the region. Paddle the lake in September/October to get the more peaceful and tranquil experiences with much less of a crowd but still popular with the local wildlife.

Kayak Tahoe 
Tel: 530 544-2011
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-7919

Kayak Tahoe is a must-visit destination for those wishing to explore Emerald Bay. Plus, for the young paddlers (aged eight plus) a quick assessment and basic lessons can be provided to determine the kayaking ability.

A great plus of paddling to Emerald Bay is the ability to get up close to the teal-colored waters, which is usually limited to a view from the observation points in the distance. The bay is rich in Rainbow, Brown, and Lake trout while wildlife overhead includes the bald and golden eagles.

Kayak Tahoe gives the opportunity to paddle to waters to explore the Upper Truckee River estuary and boulder-strewn Sand Harbor of Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Keys Marina 
Tel: 530 545-1223
2435 Venice Dr E, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Multi-day kayak rentals (sit-on-top) to explore the shores of the magnificent Lake Tahoe include a paddle to Emerald Bay. Kayaking adventures are great for all abilities and ages. Plus, if preferred the guided tours, these are available to either D.L. Bliss or Emerald Bay.

Kayak rental fees are in the region of $100 to hire a single seater sit-on-kayak for 3 days to $250 for a tandem kayak for 5 days.

Tahoe City Kayak 
Tel: 530 581-4336
521 N Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Enjoy the majesty of paddling on Lake Tahoe with the choice of single and tandem sit-on-top rental kayaks at Tahoe City Kayak. There are two on-water rental sites for access to high-end paddling machines. Kayaking Lake Tahoe is possible at just $25 for 1 hour or $75 for the full day (single-seater), while a tandem kayak is slightly more at $40/1 hour or $95 for a full day.