Summer in South Lake Tahoe is in full effect! While other areas continue to shelter in place, our region has seen an influx of visitors wanting to take advantage of the fresh air and outdoor activities that honor social distancing. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is one of those perfect activities as it gets folks out on the lake, while being active and getting their personal space. If you have rented a Lake Tahoe vacation rental this summer, you may be wanting to try this popular activity. After all, it is a great and affordable way to enjoy our large, turquoise alpine lake. New to the area or paddle boarding and not sure where to start? First, if you are bringing your own board, skip below and see where to go. If you need to rent, you are in luck! We have several places all located throughout town so you can easily pick up and drop off within minutes of the Lake Tahoe vacation rental you booked. South Tahoe Standup Paddle and SUP South Lake Tahoe are two super popular places. You may want to call ahead and see if they take reservations before your trip. Kayak Tahoe offers a variety of beachside rental locations as well as Kayaks (as the title would indicate) in case someone in the group wants to get out on the lake but not on a paddle board.
Now where to go? Truth be told, any shoreline will do, but we personally have a few faves. If you want easy, we recommend Kiva, Ski Run Marina, Lakeview Commons, Nevada Beach, Round Hill or Zephyr Cove. You can park and be on the water within minutes. These options are especially great if your Lake Tahoe vacation rental is located in midtown, Stateline or just past Stateline on the Nevada side. If you want scenery, start at Baldwin and make your way over to Emerald Bay. It is one of the most photographed places in the world, and especially in Lake Tahoe, and is worth the paddle boarding trip and scenery. Baldwin is pretty easy to get to from your vacation rental in Lake Tahoe so if you want to see an iconic landmark in the area, add this to the top of your list. Just north of Emerald Bay a few miles is D.L. Bliss State Park. This is a favorite for locals and visitors alike and you can pass the Old Lighthouse on the way. If you are staying at a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side, launch at Cave Rock. This historic rock formation is another landmark and offers some gorgeous panoramic views from a different perspective.
Of course, safety is so important, so remember to wear a life vest AND your SPF. The water is COLD, which can shock both long time locals and visitors, especially if they aren’t prepared and fall in. Which can easily happen when trying to balance on a paddleboard. Even experts should wear a life vest. So be safe, have fun and be sure to ask us for recommendations on this activity when booking your vacation rental in Lake Tahoe.