• See the inside of the infamous Castle in the Sky.
  • Experience the unique opportunity to paddle along the undeveloped east shore of Lake Tahoe.

  • Learn the eccentric history of George Whittell Jr. and the impact he had on Lake Tahoe.
  • Take stunning photos and enjoy the emerald waters of Sand Harbor.

Tour Description

A truly unique and exclusive kayaking experience! Offered every Tuesday and Friday.

Experience The Exclusive Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour! Our tour starts with a hassle-free shuttle from the Incline Visitors Center to Sand Harbor State Park. Arriving to Sand Harbor by shuttle allows you to enjoy the glorious drive along the iconic east shore into the state park without the hassle of parking. Upon arrival to Sand Harbor, you will have a few moments to use the restroom, apply sunscreen and enjoy the white sand beach before setting off by kayak to explore the only undeveloped side of Lake Tahoe enroute to the Thunderbird Lodge!

Prior to launching, the guide will pack the groups’ dry shoes, lunch, and other necessary belongings into dry bags before covering a comprehensive paddle lesson. The journey will begin 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. Highlights include the Lighthouse room, the Old Lodge, maids’ quarters, 600” underground tunnel leading to the infamous card house and boat house. If you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of the fabulous Thunderbird yacht, built by 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. Following the tour, lunch is served at the gazebo with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop.

Following the tour, lunch will be served at the gazebo with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop.