Kayak Tahoe: Standup Paddle
Over the last five years, stand-up paddle boarding has taken the Tahoe Basin--and moreover the outdoor industry—by storm. Combining the worlds of surfing, kayaking, and cardiovascular fitness, paddle boarding is still growing exponentially and is likely to continue its’ meteoric rise over the next several years. With many outfitters in the area, some on location at desirable paddling destinations, there are lots of options for finding a paddle board whether interested in buying or renting. The original, and my favorite outfitter--Kayak Tahoe—has five locations all around South Shore, including Emerald Bay, Nevada Beach, Timber Cove, Baldwin Beach, and Pope Beach. Their HQ in the Marina at 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd is an excellent place to start if you have any questions or queries.
My good friend Brianna works for Kayak Tahoe at the Emerald Bay/Vikingsholm location. While she has many favorite spots, she personally loves the overall experience of paddling in Emerald Bay the most. I agree with her because paddling in the Emerald Bay area allows access to Lake Tahoe’s only isle—Fannette Island. The experience of paddling to Fannette, disembarking onto its’ shores, and climbing to old Mrs. Knights tea-room is unforgettable. Also, paddling in Emerald Bay is contained and manageable, while paddling in the open lake makes it hard to garner perspective. Brianna’s favorite part of this area is paddling toward the mouth of the bay with the beckoning lake in the distance. Once reaching the mouth of Emerald, turning back towards Vikingsholm yields superlative views of the granitic crags of Eagle Canyon.
Additionally, many people enjoy touring on their paddleboards for a half or full day, such as a paddle from Baldwin to Emerald and back. Such sustained touring on a stand up paddleboard is a great core workout and is more physically rigorous than the typical person would expect.
At Kayak Tahoe, pricing is very reasonable, and they offer $20/hour rentals so you and your family members can try it out before making any real financial commitment. Also, Kayak Tahoe carries and offers all the accessories for rental such as cam-straps, wetsuits, dry-bags, etc.
Many tourists come to Tahoe and just look at the lake without really interacting with it. Standup Paddleboarding is an excellent way to affordably have such an experience...