Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour

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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