Five Amazing Lake Front Locations
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This is Kayak Tahoe's home base, located on the pier behind the Beach Retreat. The Safeway Supermarket is just across the road. Zoom in on the map and select "Sat" view to see the pier and parking area. Here you will find the largest selection of kayaks and SUP paddleboards for rent in the Tahoe area. This is a convenient launch point for visiting the Upper Truckee River and its protected marsh area. The Timber Cove pier is also home to Action Water Sports, who provide parasailing, sailboat charters, and powered watercraft. Please note that Timber Cove is a first-come first-served rental operation, reservations will only be taken for groups of 10 or more and need to return by 1pm. For payment we accept cash or credit card (No AMEX), please remember to bring a photo ID with you.
Lat: 38 56.843N
Long: 119 57.981W
Please note - Kayak Tahoe at Vikingsholm will have a delayed opening (11am) on Wednesday August 23rd due to a California State Parks Special Event. We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
This rental location makes it possible to begin your paddling adventure right at the head of world-famous Emerald Bay. Fannette Island and the "Tea House" is just a short cruise from our rental location. Bear in mind, however, that there is no on-site parking; visitors must park at the scenic overlook on Highway 89 and walk down the path to our beach rental location just north of the pier by the Vikingsholm. Parking is limited, especially on weekends, and we recommend getting there by 10 a.m. to find a spot. The trail is paved, descends 390 feet, and is about 1 mile in length. It's easy going down, but it might be a bit of a pull coming back up. If you would rather paddle to the Vikingsholm than hike down the trail (and take advantage of a more favorable parking situation), we suggest that you depart from our Baldwin Beach location instead (see below). The Vikingsholm beach rental provides sit-on-top kayaks and SUP stand-up paddleboards. Participant MUST be over the age of 15 to take their own vessel to Fannette Island (Emerald Bay). Please note that this is a first-come first-served rental operation and no reservations will be taken. For payment we accept cash or credit card (No AMEX), please remember to bring a photo ID with you. Cellular service can be very spotty here, especially during the busy summer months and Credit Card transactions often times can not be run, please plan ahead and bring cash as a payment backup. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Lat: 38 57.256N
Long: 120 6.633W
This National Forest Service beach offers sweeping panoramic views of Desolation Wilderness and the west shore of Lake Tahoe from a beautiful sandy beach. We offer standup Paddleboards (SUPs), kayaks, and pedal boats for rent (first-come, first-served). There is also a popular campground located directly behind the beach and offers families a great place to camp close to the water and enjoy beautiful Lake Tahoe. Please note that this is a first-come first-served rental operation and no reservations will be taken. Make your first right after passing the entrance kiosk and follow the Kayak and paddleboard signs, we are right on the beach. For payment we accept cash or credit card (No AMEX), please remember to bring a photo ID with you.
Lat: 38 58.943N
Long: 119 57.239W
This is a National Forest Service beach featuring a beautiful forested shoreline with ample shade close to the water, a sandy beach, picnic tables, and barbecues. This location is within easy paddling distance of the Upper Truckee marsh and Taylor Creek marsh. We offer kayaks, SUP paddleboards, and pedal boats for rent. Please note that this is a first-come first-served rental operation and no reservations will be taken. For payment we accept cash or credit card (No AMEX), please remember to bring a photo ID with you.
Lat: 38 56.213N
Long: 120 1.950W
This is a National Forest Service beach with similar amenities to Pope Beach, although lacking BBQ facilities and shade near the water. However, Baldwin Beach has the distinction of being the closest public launch site for kayakers and SUP paddleboarders heading into Emerald Bay, which lies 2 miles to the north along a rugged, curving shoreline. Emerald Bay features world class scenery and paddling and the Emerald Bay Boat Camp is a highly sought-after destination for adventurous paddlers wishing to camp overnight. We provide sit-on-top kayaks suitable for making this journey, which typically requires a full-day rental to have enough time to land on Fannette Island, tour the Vikingsholm, and hike up the short trail to Eagle Falls. A 9:00 or 10:00 AM start is recommended, as there is usually less wind and fewer power boats in the morning. Expect to have a 15-minute safety and paddle skills briefing before leaving the beach. Paddlers doing this trip should be in reasonably good condition and prepared for potential weather changes. We suggest that you bring food and water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, windbreaker/rain shell, and money ($10 p/p) to tour the Vikingsholm. For those of you who don't feel up to the 8-mile round trip, kayakers and SUP paddleboarders can leisurely explore nearby Taylor Creek or just cruise along the beautiful shoreline. Or perhaps you would prefer to go on one of our Emerald Bay Guided Tours? Please note that this is a first-come first-served rental operation. Reservations are limited to multi-day rentals only. For payment we accept cash or credit card (No AMEX), please remember to bring a photo ID with you.
Lat: 38 56.476N
Long: 120 3.863W