Weather permitting Kayak Tahoe will be open at our Vikingsholm (Emerald Bay) location from 10am - 5pm. Our last day of operations will be Sunday October 3rd. All other locations are closed for the 2021 Summer Season.

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.

Rental Rates

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Single Kayak

$35.00 1 hour

$45.00 2 hours

$100.00 Full Day 

Double Kayak

$45.00 1 hour

$65.00 2 hours

$120.00 Full Day 


$35.00 1 hour

$45.00 2 hours

$100.00 Full Day 

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 Liability Form and Rental Contract. 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! Please note this is not a ticket to the front of the waiting line, you will still need to wait in before we can complete the rental process. Have Fun!
2 kayaks heading out to the Island in Emerald Bay

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, Meeks Bay, Emerald Bay, Baldwin Beach, Pope Beach, and Nevada Beach. Hours of operation are from 10am – 5pm with last rentals going out at 4pm and back by 5pm. Please read our COVID-19 check list and our “Additional Things to Remember” and “Cold Water Consideration” text below.

Covid-19 Checklist

  • Per California guidelines, please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.
  • Our employees will not be wearing mask. They will have them on hand if the customer would like for us to wear one.

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