Lake Tahoe Kayak Tours

NOW ACCEPTING TOUR RESERVATIONS FOR 2021!
**All guests please read: We are currently booking all Summer Adventures! In regards to Covid-19, we have implemented standard procedures that are in line with the guidance of local officials and the CDC in order to keep our guides and guests safe and sanitary. At this time, there will be no lunches served on tours. Please bring your own food for longer tours, and remember "Pack It In, Pack It Out!". Masks are required during check in for rentals and tours. Feel free to call us at 530-913-9212 with any questions regarding our adjusted operations due to covid-19.

Experience the scenic and beautiful Lake Tahoe shoreline from the unique perspective of a kayak.

The Lake Tahoe area offers incredible kayaking opportunities. All of our one-day kayaking tours cover comprehensive paddling instruction, include an excellent lunch on the beach, and allow our guests to experience the area from the unique perspective of a kayak. We point out ecology, geology, and natural and human history along the way. These excellent paddles always travel with the prevailing winds and currents, which allows us to explore and have fun. The scenery is remarkable! For more information, read below about some of our guided kayak trips we offer on Lake Tahoe. All trips are suitable for beginners. Guests must know how to swim.


Lessons and ToursTimeDistanceDifficultyLocationMinimumCostBook
Discover Kayaking or Paddleboarding- $60!10am-12pm1-3 milesEasyTahoe Vista Recreation Area.
2
$60Book
North Shore Kayak Tour10am-2pm3-6 milesEasyTahoe Vista Recreation Area
2
$85Book
Sand Harbor Kayak Tour9:00am-1:30pm3-6 milesModerateSand Harbor State Park
2
$95Book
Sand Harbor Mini Tour and Rental9am-2pmEasy - ModerateSand Harbor State Park
$320 min fee
$80Book
Sunset Kayak TourTimes vary, 3 hours1-3 miles Easy - ModerateTahoe Vista Recreation Area
4
$65Book
Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour9am-2pm3 milesEasy - ModerateSand Harbor State Park
2
$139Book
Gar Woods Lakeside Lunch and Kayak Tour10am-3pm3 - 4 milesEasy - ModerateTahoe Vista Recreation Area
1
$135Book
Star Tours6:30-10:30pm1-2 miles. 2 hours on water. Easy - ModerateTahoe Vista Recreation Area
1
20 per trip
$75Book
Full Moon Kayak ToursTimes vary, 3 hours1-3 milesEasy - Moderate.Tahoe Vista Recreation Area
1
$65Book
Historical West Shore Kayak TourTimes vary, 4 hours3-6 milesEasySugar Pine Point State Park

15 per trip
$105Book


Discover Kayaking or Paddleboarding- $60!

CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON. ACCEPTING TOUR RESERVATIONS FOR SUMMER 2021!
**All guests please read: We are currently booking all Summer Adventures! In regards to Covid-19, we have implemented standard procedures that are in line with the guidance of local officials and the CDC in order to keep our guides and guests safe and sanitary. At this time, there will be no lunches served on tours. Please bring your own food for longer tours, and remember "Pack It In, Pack It Out!". Masks are required during check in for rentals and tours. Masks can be removed once on the water. Feel free to call us at 530-913-9212 with any questions regarding our adjusted operations due to covid-19.

Learn to love these exhilarating sports!

For the beginner who wants to discover Kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding in a safe learning environment, this special 2 hour tour is waiting for you! Discover one of these easy and accessible sports on the clear alpine waters of Lake Tahoe. Our professional guides will provide a complete and thorough kayak or paddleboard lesson geared towards beginners followed by a tour along the coastline. More paddling tips as well as natural and human history discussions will be covered as we travel. Please bring your own water and snacks. Tour meets at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. Reservations are required.

Tour includes Kayak or SUP, paddle, life jacket, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, tax and permit fees.

Must know how to swim. Minimum age is 5 years old,


Typical Distance and Time: 1-3 miles. 10am-12pm.
Level of Difficulty: Easy.
Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area..
Cost: $60.00 per person, 2 person minimum.


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North Shore Kayak Tour

CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON. ACCEPTING TOUR RESERVATIONS FOR SUMMER 2021!
**All guests please read: We are currently booking all Summer Adventures! In regards to Covid-19, we have implemented standard procedures that are in line with the guidance of local officials and the CDC in order to keep our guides and guests safe and sanitary. At this time, there will be no lunches served on tours. Please bring your own food for longer tours, and remember "Pack It In, Pack It Out!". Masks are required during check in for rentals and tours. Masks can be removed once on the water. Feel free to call us at 530-913-9212 with any questions regarding our adjusted operations due to covid-19.

Experience the scenic and beautiful Lake Tahoe shoreline from the unique perspective of a kayak.

An excellent kayak tour from our beachfront location in Tahoe Vista, Ca. with incredible views of the High Sierra. After an introductory lesson on shore, we head out on the water for a paddle. Your guides will discuss ecology, geology and other natural and human history topics along the way. 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 while getting a unique glimpse of some of Tahoe's most beautiful waterfront homes. The views of the surrounding peaks are amazing and it's great for the whole family!

Tour includes kayak, paddle, life jacket, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, tax, and permit fees.

Must know how to swim. Minimum age is 5 years old.


Typical Distance and Time: 3-6 miles. 10am-2pm.
Level of Difficulty: Easy.
Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.
Cost: $85.00 per person, 2 person minimum.


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Sand Harbor Kayak Tour

CLOSED FOR 2020 SEASON. ACCEPTING TOUR RESERVATIONS FOR SUMMER 2021!

**All guests please read: We are currently booking all Summer Adventures! In regards to Covid-19, we have implemented standard procedures that are in line with the guidance of local officials and the CDC in order to keep our guides and guests safe and sanitary. At this time, there will be no lunches served on tours. Please bring your own food for longer tours, and remember "Pack It In, Pack It Out!". Masks are required during check in for rentals and tours. They can be removed once on the water. Feel free to call us at 530-913-9212 with any questions regarding our adjusted operations due to covid-19.

Special Note Regarding Sand Harbor Kayak Tours: Sand Harbor has reduced their parking to 2/3 capacity. There is also no longer a shuttle from Incline Village. Guests MUST park by 8am to get parking for this activity.

Explore the only undeveloped side of Lake Tahoe - The East Shore!

We start our kayak adventure at Sand Harbor on Tahoe's East Shore and first cover a comprehensive kayak lesson on the beach. Once on the water, we paddle along the coastline, soaking up the incredible Sierra views. Your guide will explain the geology, ecology, and natural and human history of the lake throughout your trip.

If the breathtaking boulders throughout Sand Harbor weren't enough, guests can paddle around the fascinating and historic Thunderbird Lodge (conditions permitting). Your guide will discuss the many tales of George Whittell, the original owner, and Bill, his pet lion! Our trained docents will share knowledge about the estate from the water, giving you a truly special experience. Spend more time on the water while still immersing yourself in the history of Lake Tahoe!

This tour is suitable for those who have kayaked before and have a moderate level of fitness.

Tour includes kayak, paddle, life jacket, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, and permit fees.

Minimum age is 7 years old.

Know Before You Go
- This tour is suitable for those who have kayaked before and have a moderate level of fitness.
- Must know how to swim
- Due to covid19, Sand Harbor has reduced their parking to 2/3 capacity. There is also no longer a shuttle from Incline Village. Guests MUST park by 8am to get parking.
- Due to high water this season, and therefore smaller beaches, we are encouraging guests to travel in double kayaks to minimize our footprint and to maintain the best guest experience.
- Sand Harbor State Park Entrance Fee of $10.00 applies at Park.
- Our meeting location is not the rental tent. We launch adjacent to the rental tent on the same side of boat launch. Directions can be found on our website and will also be sent in a confirmation email.

If you are one person, please call our office to join an existing group!


Typical Distance and Time: 3-6 miles. 9:00am-1:30pm.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate.
Location: Sand Harbor State Park.
Cost: $95.00 per person, 2 person minimum.


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Sand Harbor Mini Tour and Rental

**All guests please read: We are currently booking all Summer Adventures! In regards to Covid-19, we have implemented standard procedures that are in line with the guidance of local officials and the CDC in order to keep our guides and guests safe and sanitary. At this time, there will be no lunches served on tours. Please bring your own food for longer tours, and remember "Pack It In, Pack It Out!". Masks are required during check in for rentals and tours. They can be removed once on the water. Feel free to call us at 530-913-9212 with any questions regarding our adjusted operations due to covid-19.

Special Note Regarding Sand Harbor Kayak Tours: Sand Harbor has reduced their parking to 2/3 capacity. There is also no longer a shuttle from Incline Village. Guests MUST park by 8am to get parking for this activity.

Sand Harbor Rentals with Mini Tour
This summer, Tahoe Adventure Company is offering a new Sand Harbor Kayak and Paddleboard rental package with Mini Tour. Our knowledgeable guides will meet your group at Sand Harbor with kayaks or paddleboards at 9 am. After an introductory lesson on shore, your guide will help launch your group and paddle with you for approximately 60 minutes before sending you off on your own. Additional paddling skills and techniques will be covered along with self rescue instruction and a Lake Tahoe orientation.

Once you feel comfortable on the water and ready to explore, enjoy the rest of the morning at your own pace! Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Float among granite boulders, visit nearby beaches, and enjoy views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Your guide will be waiting at Sand Harbor for gear pick up at 2 pm.

If you would like more instruction, catered lunch, and more insight into Lake Tahoe's fascinating natural and human history, join one of our half day Kayak or SUP Tours

Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm (guided for 30-60 min., free paddle for remainder)
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Location: Sand Harbor State Park
Cost:
Single Kayak - $80
Double Kayak - $100
SUP - $100

Trip Includes kayak or SUP, paddle, life jacket, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, permit fees

Know Before You Go
- Must know how to swim.
- A minimum of $320 is required for Sand Harbor Mini Tours. Please call if you do not meet the minimum, we may be able to join you with other guests.
- Sand Harbor Parking often fills by 8:00 am, especially on weekends. Arrive 1 hour before your scheduled tour time to allow for parking.
- Sand Harbor State Park Entrance Fee of $10.00 applies at Park.
- Our meeting location is not the rental tent. We launch adjacent to the rental tent on the same side of boat launch. Directions can be found on our website and will also be sent in a confirmation email.

Group Beach Day Events at Sand Harbor
Enjoy Lake Tahoe's East Shore with a Tahoe Adventure Company Beach Day! We will organize, facilitate, and provide all necessary equipment for a 4+ hour Beach Day event. Beach games, equipment rentals and lessons are all included. There are also great ways to upgrade your Beach Day including beach chairs and umbrellas, guided tours, deli spread lunch, wine and cheese, and more. Ramada Rental required. Please contact our office to book your Beach Day at Sand Harbor.


Typical Times: 9am-2pm.
Level of Difficulty: Easy - Moderate.
Location: Sand Harbor State Park.
Cost: Sit on Top Single Kayak - $80 per person, Sit on Top Double Kayak - $100 per person, SUP - $100 per person, $320 min fee person minimum.


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Sunset Kayak Tour

NOW ACCEPTING TOUR RESERVATIONS FOR SUMMER 2021!
**All guests please read: We are currently booking all Summer Adventures! In regards to Covid-19, we have implemented standard procedures that are in line with the guidance of local officials and the CDC in order to keep our guides and guests safe and sanitary. At this time, there will be no lunches served on tours. Please bring your own food for longer tours, and remember "Pack It In, Pack It Out!". Masks are required during check in for rentals and tours. Masks can be removed once on the water. Feel free to call us at 530-913-9212 with any questions regarding our adjusted operations due to covid-19.

An evening of paddling and watching the night sky.

This kayak trip is a great way to wrap up your day in Tahoe. Offered every Friday as well as other days by reservation. We meet at sunset and get on the water to watch the colors change and the stars appear. We will cover natural and human history and tour the perfect distance before landing on the beach as the night sky blankets the Sierras.

Tour includes kayak, paddle, life jacket, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, and permit fees

Please note, this tour has a 4 person minimum to run. Groups of less than 4 can we be combined with others. Please call if you have a party less than 4.


Typical Distance and Time: 1-3 miles . Times vary, 3 hours.
Level of Difficulty: Easy - Moderate.
Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.
Cost: $65.00 per person, 4 person minimum.


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Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour

Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society has closed the lodge for the season. Please try back next year! **ALL GUESTS PLEASE READ: Per direction from the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, tours within the estate will not be conducted this summer. While have placed a booking hold on this adventure, we hope you will check out our very special Sand Harbor Kayak Tour. Our trained docents will share knowledge about the estate from the water, giving you a truly special experience. Spend more time on the water while still immersing yourself in the history of Lake Tahoe!

In regards to Covid-19, we have implemented standard procedures that are in line with the guidance of local officials and the CDC in order to keep our guides and guests safe and sanitary. At this time, there will be no lunches served on tours. Please bring your own food for longer tours, and remember "Pack It In, Pack It Out!". Feel free to call us at 530-913-9212 with any questions regarding our adjusted operations due to covid-19.**



A truly unique kayaking experience!

Explore the Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site and arrive by kayak! We start our adventure at the beautiful Sand Harbor State Beach on Lake Tahoe's magnificent East Shore. After getting outfitted and covering a comprehensive paddling lesson, we begin our journey with an easy 1.5 mile paddle along pristine coastline to the beach at Thunderbird Lodge.

After a rest and snacks, knowledgeable tour guides take visitors on an hour walk throughout the Whittell estate. Guest will tour the Lighthouse Room, the Old Lodge, the maids' quarters and original kitchen. Next, take a trip through the 600' underground tunnel leading to the infamous Card House and Boat House. In the Boat House you may find the fabulous yacht, Thunderbird, built for George Whittell in 1939. The yacht is a 55' long, John Hacker design with mahogany hull and dual aircraft engines and is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece built in a bygone era. The tour then follows the Dragon's Tail path, past the waterfall and fountain to the Cook and Butler's House.

After our tour, a delicious deli spread lunch will be served on the beach before our short paddle back to Sand Harbor.

Tour includes kayak, paddle, PFD, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, $45 donation to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, permit fees, snacks, deli spread lunch and beverages.

Minimum age requirement is 10 years.

If you have your own kayak and wish to kayak to take the guided tour, the rate is $119.

Offered Every Tuesday June-September or by special arrangement. Tours start at Sand Harbor State Park. A $12 State Park parking fee applies.


Typical Distance and Time: 3 miles. 9am-2pm.
Level of Difficulty: Easy - Moderate.
Location: Sand Harbor State Park.
Cost: $139.00 per person, 2 person minimum.


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Gar Woods Lakeside Lunch and Kayak Tour

TAC and Gar Woods Grill and Pier have teamed up to offer a fantastic North Shore experience departing from the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. After an introductory lesson, we head out on the water for a paddle. We point out ecology, geology and other natural and human history along the way. Paddle along the scenic coastline of Tahoe Vista and Carnelian Bay while getting a unique glimpse of some of Tahoe's most beautiful waterfront homes. Arrive to the enjoyable Gar Woods Grill and Pier in Carnelian Bay to enjoy a lakefront lunch. Fill your belly at Gar Woods before continuing your journey in the sun back to Tahoe Vista.

Tour includes kayak, paddle, PFD, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, permit fees, snacks, set menu at Gar Woods and beverages.


Typical Distance and Time: 3 - 4 miles. 10am-3pm.
Level of Difficulty: Easy - Moderate.
Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.
Cost: $135.00 per person, 1 person minimum.


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Star Tours

Star gazers unite!

Tahoe Adventure Company and Tony Berendsen present: Telescopic tours of the midnight sky! This fusion brings you the most exciting tour of the season. It all starts with guided sunset kayaking followed by a brilliant tour of the midnight sky.

Our knowledgeable guides will teach you about the natural and human history of the area, while you watch the sun casts a purple alpenglow onto the Sierras. Paddle through the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe and then you'll be guided to a viewing point, where Tony will open your mind to the unknown world above you. Hot drinks and snacks will be served as our Star Tour begins.

For the past 15 years, award winning astronomer Tony Berendsen has exposed the superlative Sierra skies to many lucky people throughout California and Nevada. In addition to his tours, he is currently the President of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition and previously was the President of the Astronomical Society of Nevada. His large aperture telescopes will take you into the unfamiliar mysterious world that blankets the Sierra Nevada.

Let us guide you to mars and back again! Give us a call today to book this once in a lifetime opportunity. This tour is great for kids, teens, and adults bring the whole family.

Tour includes double kayaks, paddles, life jackets, Sunset Kayak Tour with all gear followed by Star Tour, hot drinks, snacks, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions and permit fees.

2020 Dates:
Booking for Star Tours is on hold due to covid-19 until further notice, thank you for your understanding.


Typical Distance and Time: 1-2 miles. 2 hours on water. . 6:30-10:30pm.
Level of Difficulty: Easy - Moderate.
Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.
Cost: $75.00 per person, 1 person minimum (20 per trip).


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Full Moon Kayak Tours

Explore Lake Tahoe under the Full Moon!

**All guests please read: We are currently booking all Summer Adventures! In regards to Covid-19, we have implemented standard procedures that are in line with the guidance of local officials and the CDC in order to keep our guides and guests safe and sanitary. At this time, there will be no hot drinks served on tours. Masks are required during check in for rentals and tours. Feel free to call us at 530-913-9212 with any questions regarding our adjusted operations due to covid-19.

Float in a kayak on the clear blue water while the sun sets the sky on fire, the full moon rises, and the stars twinkle! The water will be calm and quiet as the wind dies down and other boats button up for the night. Increase your knowledge of astronomy with jaw dropping views of Lake Tahoe illuminated by the light of the full moon. We paddle for about two hours before landing on the beach to cap it all off with hot drinks, snacks, and more stargazing on the beach.

When the moon isn't Full, Sunset and Astronomy paddles are still offered with a focus on viewing the stars and constellations. Full Moon paddles are offered June - September.

Trips include kayak, paddle, life jacket, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history, astronomy discussions, permit fees. Some personal clothing required.

2020 Summer Dates:
Sunday, July 5th - FULL
Tour Time: 7:00—10:00pm

Monday, August 3rd
Tour Time: 7:00-10:00pm

Tuesday, September 1st
Tour Time: 6:30-9:30pm

Thursday, October 1st
Tour Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Single travelers are welcome to join existing groups. Call to inquire!


Typical Distance and Time: 1-3 miles. Times vary, 3 hours.
Level of Difficulty: Easy - Moderate..
Location: Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.
Cost: $65.00 per person, 1 person minimum.


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Historical West Shore Kayak Tour

Explore the wonders of Lake Tahoe's West Shore.

We start our adventure at the beautiful Sugar Pine State Beach. Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lakefront, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper.

Another attraction is the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. Sugar Pine Point State Park was owned by financier Isaias W. Hellman, and later by his daughter Florence Hellman until 1965. We will paddle along this mostly undeveloped section of coastline while covering these and other fascinating historical topics of this area.

Tour includes kayak, paddle, life jacket, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, permit fees, snacks, deli spread lunch and beverages.


Typical Distance and Time: 3-6 miles. Times vary, 4 hours.
Level of Difficulty: Easy.
Location: Sugar Pine Point State Park.
Cost: $105 per person, person minimum (15 per trip).


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