Vikingsholm, Emerald Bay

Closed until further notice due to on going wildfires.

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 that descends ~500 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. Participant MUST be over the age of 15 to take their own vessel to Fannette Island (Emerald Bay). We rent sit-on-top kayaks and paddleboards at this location. Please note, this is a first-come first-served rental operation and no reservations will be taken. For payment we accept cash or credit card, 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. Kayak Tahoe no longer rents pedal boats at any of our five locations.

Directions: Google maps

Baldwin Beach

Closed until further notice due to on going wildfires.

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 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 ($12 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. Please note, 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, please remember to bring a photo ID with you.

Address: Baldwin Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

After driving through the Kiosk, bear left at the “Y” intersection and follow the trail to the beach, Kayak Tahoe is located to your left.

Pope Beach

Closed until further notice due to on going wildfires.

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 rent sit-on-top kayaks and paddleboards at this location. Please note, this is a first-come first-served rental operation and no reservations will be taken. For payment we accept cash or credit card, please remember to bring a photo ID with you. Kayak Tahoe no longer rents pedal boats at any of our five locations.

Address: CA-89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

After driving through the kiosk you will make aright bend into the parking lot, Kayak Tahoe is located ~200ft down on your left.

Nevada Beach

Closed until further notice due to on going wildfires.

This National Forest Service beach offers sweeping panoramic views of Desolation Wilderness and the west shore of Lake Tahoe from a beautiful sandy beach.  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. We rent sit-on-top kayaks and paddleboards at this location. Please note, 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 on the beach. For payment we accept cash or credit card, please remember to bring a photo ID with you. Kayak Tahoe no longer rents pedal boats at any of our five locations.

Address: 416 Bittlers Rd, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448.

After driving trough the kiosk, make a right at the immediate T-intersection. follow the boardwalk down to the beach, Kayak Tahoe is located at the end.

Meeks Bay

NEW for the 2021 summer season!

Closed until further notice due to on going wildfires.

This National Forest Service beach offers views of Tahoe’s east and south shores from a beautiful, relatively small, sandy beach. Parking is limited so arrive early. There is also a small but, popular campground located directly behind the beach. Located directly north of the Forest Service beach is Meeks Bay resort offering lodging and food options. We rent sit-on-top kayaks and paddleboards at this location. Please note, this is a first-come first-served rental operation and no reservations will be taken. For payment we accept cash or credit card, please remember to bring a photo ID with you.

Address: 8021 CA-89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150