Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour

Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour
ATTENTION: Thunderbird Lodge is closed for the remainder of the 2021 season. Please explore the many other tour options we offer

Special Note Regarding Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour: Sand Harbor has reduced their parking to 2/3 capacity and NO LONGER ALLOWS ANY TOUR GUESTS TO PARK. All tour participants must utilize our Shuttle Service.

A truly unique kayaking experience!

Welcome to The Ultimate Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Experience! This season we have created a new, hassle-free Thunderbird experience! No need to battle traffic and race to Sand Harbor first thing in the morning in hopes of gaining admission to the park to make your tour. Instead, conveniently meet your guide for an 8am departure on Tahoe Adventure Company’s private shuttle! Upon arrival to Sand Harbor, you will have time to use the restroom, apply sunscreen, and enjoy the beach before setting off to explore the only undeveloped side of Lake Tahoe and tour the famous Thunderbird Lodge arriving by kayak!

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 lunch will be served on the beach.

Tour includes kayak, paddle, PFD, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, $50 donation to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, permit fees, snacks, deli lunch and beverages, pair of dry shoes, mask for tour, shuttle and tax.

Minimum age requirement is 10 years. Masks required in the lodge. Must change into dry shoes before entering the lodge. Guides will have dry bags to store shoes in.

Offered Every Tuesday June-September or by special arrangement. Tours start at our shuttle in Incline Village. Guests will be shuttled in to the park.

Thunderbird Lodge is closed August 10th for a private event. That week we will be going on Wednesday August 11th. Please call to book. 530-913-9212

We are unable to offer our tour on Tuesday September 14th. That week we will be going on Wednesday September 15th. Please call to book. 530-913-9212


Typical Distance and Time: 3 miles. 8am-2:30pm.
Level of Difficulty: Easy - Moderate.
Location: Racoon Street, Kings Beach, CA. Call if you are staying in South Lake Tahoe. .
Cost: $159.00 per person, 2 person minimum.


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