Mississippi Style Paddlewheel Boat Tours
Any day of the year there is at least one cruise across Lake Tahoe aboard an old-fashioned Mississippi style paddlewheeler. There are two of them on Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Queen labeled the "Only Authentic Mississippi Paddlewheeler on Lake Tahoe" carries up to 312 passengers from the Ski Run Marina to scenic Emerald Bay and back. The MS Dixie II labeled the "Largest Cruising Vessel on Lake Tahoe" carries up to 520 passengers to and from the same destination, but originates at Zephyr Cove Marina instead. On weekends, this spacious craft frequently hosts dinner dances in the evenings. The boat is so large, that in a drought year, the water level in the Lake may be too low for it to enter Emerald Bay. Before making a reservation, call and ask whether the boat is able to enter the Bay. Either way, lazily moving across the Lake, being surrounded by water and the mountains is an experience that should not be missed.
The schedule varies with the season so either visit the website or call for departure times. The Ski Run Marina is located in the middle of the city of South Lake Tahoe, while Zephyr Cove Marina is located in a more rustic setting on the thinly populated eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. The voyage to Emerald Bay and back for either vessel takes about two and a half hours.