Kayak Tahoe is currently closed for the 2020 season. Weather permitting we will re-open Memorial Day weekend 2021.

Kayak and Standup Paddleboard Rentals

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There is no better way to experience the incredible beauty of Lake Tahoe than from the lake itself. We provide a range of open-deck (sit-on-top) kayaks and paddleboards that are enjoyed by beginners and experts alike.

Closed for the 2020 summer season, thanks for being patient with us on a trying season. Weather permitting we will open Saturday May 29th 2021.

Rental Rates

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Single Kayak

$35.00 1 hour

$45.00 2 hours

$100.00 Full Day – Not Available due to COVID-19

Double Kayak

$45.00 1 hour

$65.00 2 hours

$120.00 Full Day – Not Available due to COVID-19


$35.00 1 hour

$45.00 2 hours

$100.00 Full Day – Not Available due to COVID-19

Rental Information

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General Information

  • All rentals for all locations are first-come, first-served and no reservations are available over the phone or on-line. Parking can be an issue so please try and arrive early.
  • Open-deck kayak rentals include life vests, paddles, backrests, and basic instruction. Paddleboard rentals include paddle, leash, life vest and basic instruction. Dry bags are also available at an extra charge.
  • Cash and Credit Cards accepted at all locations. Please bring an ID with you when you come to rent.
Kayak Rental fleet at Nevada Beach


  • MINIMUM age for participants is 4 years old and the participant must weigh over 30 lbs.
  • Minors ages 13 to 17 MUST be watched at all times by a parent/guardian 18 years of age or older. The parent/guardian MUST always stay within earshot of the minor(s).
  • Minors 12 and under MUST be accompanied on the water by a parent/guardian 18 years of age or older. This can be on single kayaks, paddleboards or double kayaks. The minor and parent/guardian can be on a Paddleboard together if the minor is under 90 lbs. Two participants on the same Paddleboard will NOT be allowed to paddle to Fannette Island (Emerald Bay).
  • Participant MUST be over the age of 15 to take their own vessel (kayak or Paddleboard) to Fannette Island (Emerald Bay).
Stand Up Paddleboard rentals in Lake Tahoe

Attention Group Leaders

  • Print out a copy of our Rental Contract and Liability Release. Print one copy of the Rental Contract (this is usually filled out by the credit card holder), and then as many Liability Releases as you need for your group (One per person unless you are family). Staple them together for us and you will be on the water faster!
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Additional Things to Remember

  • You will get wet so please wear suitable clothing.
  • Preferably have footwear that can get wet.
  • Please come prepared to rent before you sign up at our table. i.e. Make sure everyone in the group has gone to the bathroom, applied sunscreen, have their food and water and are ready to receive instruction.
  • Children older than 4 years old and under 50lbs can be a third person on a double kayak.
  • Remember to have FUN!

Cold Water Consideration

  • Families with small children and anyone affected by cold water should be cautious and realistic about their swimming ability and experience level. We have provided some links below for two of the most common cold water emergencies. Thank you and we hope to see you on the water soon.

Covid-19 Information

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Weather permitting, we will be open at all five locations, Pope Beach, Baldwin Beach, and New for this year Meeks Bay. Hours of operation will be from 10am – 5pm with last rentals going out at 4pm and back by 5pm. Kayak Tahoe will also be operating with 50% less capacity so availability may be a problem. In an effort to accommodate the most amount of people rental times will be 1hr minimum and 2hr maximum. Please read our COVID-19 check list and our “Additional Things to Remember” and “Cold Water Consideration” text below.

Thank you for your interest and understanding with our new operating requirements. This summer will be different for customers and our employees alike. Please understand that we are working within the guidelines given and we hope that next time you visit we can provide the service and expertise we are known for.

Covid-19 Checklist

  • Per California guidelines, please wear a mask where social distancing is limited, even when outside.
  • Please have a credit card handy before entering the line.
  • If needed please go to the bathroom before entering the line.
  • Please apply sunscreen before entering the line.
  • Please be ready to get wet. i.e. have clothing on that can get wet.
  • Kayak Tahoe is not permitted to hold any personal Items.
  • Kayak Tahoe is not permitted to rent dry bags to customers.
  • Please leave unneeded items in your car.
  • Kayak Tahoe is not permitted to collect trash form customers.

About us

30 years in operation and counting, we love to paddle, and we love to get people on the water. Customer safety and fun are our priorities, come on down and experience it for yourself. Normally the waves only get half this size on the Lake…

Phone: 530-544-2011

Email: contactus@kayaktahoe.com