Kayak Tahoe is currently closed for the 2020 season. Weather permitting we will re-open for tours late June 2021.

All of our guided tours are conducted in two-person touring kayaks (typically Necky Amaruks), and are booked by reservation no later than 48 hours in advance. There is currently a six-person minimum to confirm a tour, but please don't hesitate to call if you have fewer than six people; there might be others waiting to join a tour on a given day. There are also discounts for groups of twenty or more. Call (530) 544-2011 for more information and reservations. The minimum age for all tours is 12 years old.

Emerald Bay Tour

$70 – $95 / person

(6 person minimum)

A visit to Lake Tahoe isn’t complete until you have seen this truly gorgeous and unique glacial remnant. But don’t just look down at it from one of the crowded vista points–come experience it from lake level! Join us as we paddle at a leisurely pace exploring the shoreline and observing nesting osprey and soaring bald eagles.

We’ll circumnavigate the entire bay and land on Fannette Island, if the group is up for it. We are the only kayak outfitter with permission to conduct tours entirely within Emerald Bay. We offer two versions of this tour: the standard tour runs from 8:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and costs $70; and the extended tour runs from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. and costs $95. The extended version is for those who might want more time to tour the Vikingsholm or just hang out on the beach for a leisurely lunch (not included). The price includes all paddling equipment, a kayaking skills briefing for novices, and a guide. Be sure to bring water, a snack, sunscreen, sunglasses, windbreaker, hat, and shoes that can get wet. There is a third-of-a-mile walk down a steep, sandy trail from the parking area to where the kayaks are kept. The actual paddling distance is 4.0 miles. The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.

Emerald Bay Kayak Tahoe location

Sunset Tour From Timber Cove Marina

$50 / person

(6 person minimum)

Come enjoy the vibrant colors and glassy calm water as another summer day comes to an end on Lake Tahoe.

We’ll start out paddling into the setting sun, then slowly return to Timber Cove as the alpenglow fades out over the Sierra. This mini-expedition will give you a well-earned appetite. Plan on finishing the evening at one of the great local restaurants in the South Lake Tahoe area. Bring sunglasses and a windbreaker for the evening chill. The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old.

Time: approximately 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., depending on the local time of sunset.

Tahoe Sunset kayak tours

Upper Truckee River Tour

$55 / person

(6 person minimum)

The entrance to the largest marsh and river estuary at Lake Tahoe is an easy two-mile paddle from Timber Cove.

First we’ll paddle along the south shore of Lake Tahoe and then negotiate the shallow sandbars at the entrance to the Upper Truckee. Then we’ll head upstream for about a mile, depending on the current lake level. You’ll have opportunities to observe Caspian terns, Forster’s terns, bald eagles, osprey, common mergansers, and a variety of shorebirds and wildflowers as we penetrate into this secluded and protected marshland. The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old.

Time: 9 A.M. – 12 P.M.

upper truckee marsh