Lake Tahoe Boat Rentals

Picture gliding across the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, the sun warming your skin, and the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains framing your view. Renting a boat on Lake Tahoe offers an unparalleled adventure, where every wave brings a new thrill. Whether you’re seeking a relaxing escape or a day packed with watersports and exploration, a boat rental on Lake Tahoe opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to discover hidden coves, pristine beaches, and the vibrant aquatic life beneath the surface.

Lake Tahoe Boat Rides summer activities in lake tahoe Battle Born Boat Rentals Tubing with speed boat at Lake Tahoe - Rachid Dahnoun / LTVA


As the largest alpine lake in the United States, and the second deepest after Crater Lake in Oregon, Lake Tahoe attracts visitors from all over the world to explore her seemingly impossible crystal clear waters. In fact, in 2021, the average clarity of the lake climbed to an astounding 61 feet (and clarity is still increasing, shout out to Keep Tahoe Blue!). To truly experience the breathtaking beauty of Big Blue’s electric waters, there’s no better place to start than boating on Lake Tahoe. Showing is better than telling, and seeing IS believing. The grandeur of Lake Tahoe is easier to comprehend when you’re smack-dab-in-the-middle, trust us.

Lake Tahoe Boat Rentals For Every Aquatic Adventure

Lake Tahoe Boat Rentals

So, where to start? Well, a quick reminder that Tahoe doesn’t just offer boat rentals. Watersports at the lake are a hometown favorite, so most places offer a variety of different on-the-water adventure options. Just about any kind of small watercraft you can think of can be rented for Lake Tahoe. And honestly, that shouldn’t be too big of a surprise. Lake Tahoe attracts visitors from all over the world all season long to her mesmerizing waters—from scuba diving to deep sea fishing and everything in between.

Some of the best Tahoe boat rentals can be found on the South Shore, and Tahoe water ski schools offer lessons for those looking to expand their watersport horizons. Check out Birkholm’s Water Ski School, Borges Water Ski and Wakeboard School, and Lake Tahoe Water Ski School, before hopping on your newly rented boat and exploring Big Blue shore to shore.

Where to Find Boat Rentals At Lake Tahoe

Fallen Leaf Marina

Sunset at Fallen Leaf Lake - Brad Scott / LTVA
Sunset at Fallen Leaf Lake – Brad Scott / LTVA

Whether you’re a South Lake regular or it’s your first time in this mountain paradise, paying a visit to Fallen Leaf Marina is always a good idea. Fallen Leaf Lake is absolutely breathtaking and a short drive from Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. The marina offers seasonal, monthly, weekly, and daily mooring with rental boats like outboards (not exceeding 15hp), kayaks, pontoon boats, fuel, launching (if you have your own vessel), a small public beach and even boat washing. There are also a few awesome hiking trails in Lake Tahoe, too, after you’ve gotten a grip on your sea legs.

Tubing with speed boat at Lake Tahoe - Rachid Dahnoun / LTVA
Tubing with a speed boat on Lake Tahoe – Rachid Dahnoun / LTVA

Another great spot for Tahoe boat rentals is at Lakeside Marina. As one of two protected marinas in South Lake Tahoe, with slips available to the public and the closest marina to the casino corridor (a 5-minute walk from Harvey’s Resort), this full-service facility lets you tie up overnight or all season long! With floating docks that make it easy to get in and out of your boat, they also have top of the line equipment like power boats (up to 27 feet), both single and double kayaks, paddle boats, paddleboards, and jet skis available for rent, Lakeside Marina offers one-of-a-kind experiences on the South Shore you won’t soon forget. Not interested in renting or bringing your own boat down to the lake? Don’t sweat it. Take the South Shore water taxi to Camp Richardson. The shuttle leaves Lakeside Marina every other hour. Once you get back to home base, make sure to check out Lakeside Beach and Lakeside Beach Grill, you won’t regret it.

From Lake Tahoe Cruises to Boat Inspections and Launching areas, we’re here to make sure your South Lake getaway the best it can be from the deck of your new home for the day, week or even month!

South Lake Tahoe Boat Rentals

Renting a pontoon boat to watch the sunset at Lake Tahoe - Rachid Dahnoun / LTVA
Renting a pontoon boat to watch the sunset at Lake Tahoe – Rachid Dahnoun / LTVA

If you’re chomping at the bit to dip into Lake Tahoe’s waters, hit up Camp Richardson’s Historic Resort & Marina, first. This year-round destination resort serves up just about everything outdoor recreation could offer in Lake Tahoe, spring, summer, winter, and fall. Camp Richardson boasts full amenities—and camping includes a full-service marina with some of the best South Lake Tahoe boat rentals available. With a lakeside restaurant, stocked general store, a mountain sports center, a tasty ice-cream parlor and much more, Camp Richardson has everything you could possibly need on your Tahoe vacation, all within a short walk.

Lake Tahoe Boat Rentals Off Highway 50

Private boat cruise in Emerald Bay - Rachid Dahnoun / LTVA
Private boat cruise in Emerald Bay – Rachid Dahnoun / LTVA

Want to shake it up a bit? We knew it. Tahoe Keys Marina is where you’ll find wetsuits, wakeboards, water skis, and even sailboats if you’re up for it. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, head to Timber Cove Marina or the Marina at Zephyr Cove. Offering parasailing, Tahoe Thunder High-Speed Boat Rides, Windsong Sailing Yacht Tours, jet ski rentals, boat rentals and miles of sandy beaches, you’ll experience the entirety of the lake in just about every way possible.

Last, but certainly not least, you shouldn’t leave the South Shore without stopping by Ski Run Marina. Awarded as the Best of Tahoe in Marinas in 2015 (and still going!), Ski Run Marina is a family destination offering a variety of retail stores, souvenirs, and is home to the famous Riva Grill, Artemis Lakefront Cafe and the best place to book a Tahoe cruise. Ski Run Marina is the hub for South Lake Tahoe activities and one of the best places to enjoy some true “Tahoe Time.”

Lake Tahoe Boat Rental Safety

What to Expect for the 2024 Boating Season

Keeping Lake Tahoe clean and free of foreign contaminants like New Zealand mudsnails is something everyone can help out with. Please be sure to get your boat inspected before heading out on the lake to help keep our waters blue. Your boat should be clean, drained, and dry when you arrive at your appointment. Be sure to plan for your boat inspection and decontamination fees for motorized boats, and note that inspections are free for trailered, non-motorized vessels. Only Visa and Mastercard are accepted at the inspection stations.

Lake Tahoe Boat Rental FAQs

According to the bill that created the California Boater Card, the card is not required for boat rentals, however, a California Boater Card is highly recommended to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the water. Approved online courses can take approximately three hours to complete.

If you’re looking to hit the water on a boat this summer, you really can’t go wrong any direction you head. There are, however, a few notable places that may be worthwhile to experience on the Lake including Emerald Bay, Sand Harbor, Cave Rock, and Cove East

According to California State Parks, speed limits are restricted to 5mph in restricted areas, and 35mph in open zones.

Lake Tahoe is approximately 12 miles wide, and 21.75 miles long, so depending on which shore you’re starting from, and where you’re heading, the time can vary by quite a bit. Assuming you’re traveling at the speed limit of 35 miles per hour in open water, crossing Lake Tahoe West/East would take approximately 25 minutes, and traveling North/South would take approximately 40 minutes.

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