Stand-up paddleboarding is probably one of the best ways to enjoy summers in Lake Tahoe. Whether it’s floating on the lake’s crystal clear water or taking in the incredible views of the mountains, there’s really no place like it! See below for our guide to the best places to stand-up paddleboard around Lake Tahoe!
North Lake Tahoe
Home to both Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge and Tahoe Sands Resort, North Lake Tahoe is a relatively calm and easy place to paddle. This is probably the best area to go for beginners or groups with small children, as there are numerous easy access points to the lake.
The best part? Guests staying at both Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge and Tahoe Sands Resort are staying just feet from the water! This is the perfect location to get out on the lake and admire Tahoe’s immense beauty.
Best Launch Points:
Tahoe’s West Shore is known for its tall peaks, old forests, and great shoreline. It turns out that paddle boarding is actually one of the best ways to take in all the scenery the West Shore has to offer. For those looking to stay close to town look no further than Tahoe City. There are several great spots to launch, and all are great for beginners.
If you don’t mind a short drive, then heading South down State Route 28 is your best bet. Here you can access the large granite Rubicon cliffs, just a short paddle from DL Bliss State Park. If you’re up for a small hike, head to Emerald Bay where a 1 mile trail will take you to the shoreline of the world famous Emerald Bay State Park. There’s even an area to rent paddleboards on-site!
The East Shore of Lake Tahoe is probably one of the most beautiful and stunning shorelines anywhere in the world. However, getting to this area with a paddleboard can be somewhat challenging. The easiest way to do it would be to head to Sand Harbor, just a quick 15 – 20 min drive from both the Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge and Tahoe Sands Resort.
Sand Harbor is known for its crystal clear water and long sandy beaches. This is a great spot for families with kids, first timers, or anyone who just wants to get out on the water for a few hours. For those looking to do a short paddle, the famous Thunderbird Lodge is just a short distance from Sand Harbor, and is easily reachable by paddleboard.
Best Launch Points: Sand Harbor
Looking for something new? The town of Truckee is also a great place to get out on the water. A short drive from town, Donner Lake is probably the best known location and most scenic area to paddle. Nestled just below Donner Peak, this lake is surrounded by incredible views and large granite peaks.
For those looking to escape the crowds, Prosser Reservoir is also an excellent place to paddle. Relatively small and isolated, this lake has a 5 mph restriction on all boats, making the water excellent for paddleboarding.
Summer is in full swing and now is the perfect time to book your trip to Tahoe! Even better is that the Red Wolf Lodge at Olympic Valley is in an excellent location for getting out on the water. Be sure to check with the front desk when you visit for the best places to rent boards or kayaks during your stay!