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Lake Tahoe Kayaking

Ask any local and they’ll tell you that the best way to experience the magic of Lake Tahoe is by boat. Lake Tahoe is known for its deep blue, crystal-clear waters, epic alpine views and 300+ sunny days per year making it a world-class kayaking destination. Lake Tahoe’s South Shore has some of the most scenic places to kayak in the United States, bringing people from all over the world to experience its many nooks and crannies by boat. Take your Tahoe adventure in a new direction, step away from the crowds, get on the water, and discover the top places to rent a kayak and explore Lake Tahoe by boat. 

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Where Should You Go Kayaking on Lake Tahoe?

Explore and discover the South Shore of Lake Tahoe by kayak. From Emerald Bay’s clear, shallow waters holding the secrets of Vikingsholm Castle to the white sands and calm waters of Baldwin Beach, you’ll find Awe and then Some in every cove.

See 61-feet deep into some of the clearest freshwater in the world.

Baldwin Beach

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Known for its half-mile strip of white sandy beach that features gorgeous panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Range, Baldwin Beach welcomes all ages to dive in. Whether you’re looking to casually float along the shoreline or launch from this beach to more adventurous waters, Baldwin Beach offers on-site rentals and access to Emerald Bay in paddling distance.

Emerald Bay

Kayakers looking for a slightly longer paddle with an exciting destination can launch their boats from Baldwin Beach and head Northwest along the shoreline toward Emerald Bay. This glacially-carved inlet is known as the crown jewel of Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1969, and for good reason. The deep clear blue waters of the bay are unlike any other part of the lake and offer amazing views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls. Paddle your way into the bay and take a tour of Vikingsholm Castle, holding features reminiscent of 11th-century stone churches in southern Sweden. Emerald Bay also features a small picturesque island called Fannette Island in the middle with a small “Tea House” that can be accessed by a short hike. Be sure to pack and enjoy lunch on one of the many small secluded beaches in the bay!

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D.L. Bliss State Park

Located just a few miles north of Emerald Bay lies D.L. Bliss State Park. Kayakers can launch their boats from Lester Beach, but it is important to keep in mind that trailers are not allowed in the day-use parking lots. This state park features Rubicon Point, which quickly drops off to one of the deepest points in the lake at a depth of 1,645 feet. The point also features the highest elevation lighthouse in the United States, which can be viewed from the water and even toured. This part of the lake is largely undeveloped and leaving you to enjoy peace on the water.

Zephyr Cove

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Located just 15 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove’s energetic vibe and calm waters make it an excellent spot to rent or launch your boat. Take in the breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains as you paddle along this vibrant and exciting shoreline. Whether you want to play in the bay, paddle south to miles of sandy beaches, or head north and explore Lake Tahoe’s more rugged shoreline, Zephyr Cove has it all. 

The Top Places for Lake Tahoe Kayak Rentals & Tours

Lake Tahoe’s South Shore has a wide range of places that offer kayak rentals to suit every type of adventurer. Whether you’re looking for a kayaking tour with a group of friends, or a solo adventure to do your own exploration, you’ll find it on the South Shore.

Rent a Clear Kayak on Lake Tahoe

Clearly Tahoe Kayak Tours & Rentals is known for its unique transparent kayaks that provide an exceptional view below the surface of Lake Tahoe. This family-friendly way of exploring the lake is a great way to introduce yourself and your family to the unique wildlife and views of Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Sports Kayak Rentals

Tahoe Sports is the largest Lake Tahoe rental company on the South Shore of the lake, offering all-seasons sports rentals including kayak and SUP (stand-up paddleboard) rentals. This location is a great place to rent a boat and choose your own adventure on the lake.

The Marina at Zephyr Cove Resort

Located on a 1-mile stretch of sandy beach is the Marina at Zephyr Cove Resort, just four miles from the Stateline Casinos. Featuring kayak rentals among many other types of watercraft of all shapes and sizes, The Marina at Zephyr Cove has everything you need to have a perfect and playful day on the water.

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