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Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor

Washoe County, United States
Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Good for avoiding crowds


Explore the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe on a 4.5-hour guided kayak tour from Sand Harbor. Paddle past granite boulders to hidden beaches and swimming holes along one of the most pristine alpine lakes in North America. Includes a picnic lunch and the use of all kayaking equipment.
  • 4.5-hour Lake Tahoe kayak tour from Sand Harbor Beach
  • Discover secluded beaches along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe
  • See historic Thunderbird Lodge estate from the water
  • Have a picnic lunch on the beach and time for a swim
  • Includes kayak gear and instruction, and lunch
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Guided, 4.5 hour tour
Kayak, life-jacket, and paddle
Picnic lunch - Please call to specify which option you would prefer (Turkey, Roast Beef or Veggie)
12 entrance fee to state park (cash only)
The parking fee is $10 for Nevada Residents and $15 for Non-Residents.

Departure Point

Sand Harbor Beach, Nevada, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to Sand Harbor Beach in the morning to meet your guide. In the summer, the parking lot fills up early, so be sure to arrive on time.

Follow your guide to the launch point on the beach. Your guide provides a safety briefing, kayak, life jacket and paddle, then shows you how to maneuver your boat. When booking, select either a single person or 2-person kayak.

Your guide leads you out on the waters of the lake, sharing stories about Lake Tahoe's past as you glide by the historic Thunderbird Lodge, which was built in the 1930s for the heir of a wealthy San Francisco family, and now is part of Lake Tahoe – Nevada State Park.

Float past secluded, private beaches, and stop for lunch at a hidden inlet. There you can jump into the water for a swim as the day warms up.

Your tour ends in the early afternoon with return to Sand Harbor Beach.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Booking subject to cancellation if minimum required guests (2 people) has not been met and if no other parties have booked that tour for the same day, we will still launch the tour if you are willing to pay the price equivalent of our minimum number of people.
  • Children under 5yrs. are not permitted
  • All guests are required to carry lifejackets
  • Guests 14yrs and younger are required to WEAR their lifejacket
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • Please provide your contact number at time of booking so the tour operator can follow up with important information about your tour
  • Please dress appropriately in comfortable, quick-drying clothing
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tahoe City Kayak

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "Parking at San Beach Harbor is limited and fills up within 15-30 minutes of them opening the lot at 8 am." See review


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, Jul 2021
Loren was extremely nice and knowledgeable about the lake and surrounding areas. This is great for all skill types. Loren will get you all caught up if you have never kayaked before. It was a beautiful July day and the water was nice and cool. Definitely would recommend you to wear sun protection (I forgot my hat and now my scalp is burned a little). My boyfriend flipped his kayak over but Loren made sure we were all calm and helped him back up. My boyfriend was fine though, he can swim just fine but the life jacket provided was very helpful. We had lunch at Chimney Beach and cooled off in the water. Loren gave us some tips on things to do around the lake for the remainder of our trip as well, great tour guide 10/10 would recommend. After the tour was over and my arms were dead. Still had a ton of fun though.
Wonderful experience!
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide had so much knowledge, he was amazing! The trip was at an easy going pace. Alex was so helpful launching and of loading. Highly recommend the tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Glad you had a good experience.
Beautiful Sand Harbor
, Jun 2021
Tom was a fantastic guide. Went above and beyond for our group. Excellent experience and the lake was beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for writing in. Happy you had a good time.
Kayak tour totally worthwhile
, Jun 2021
Liz was a great instructor and terrific companion. Great day out on the lake. We felt safe and learned a lot
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Awesome, we are so happy you had a great time!
Excellent Experience!
, Jun 2021
Jesse was an excellent tour guide. She was very friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Awesome! Glad you had a good day out on the water.
Awesome adventure
, Dec 2020
This was the highlight of our trip to Lake Tahoe. Beautiful way to see the lake and swim. The guide was fantastic and gave us many cool facts oboist the area and it’s history.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Excited you had a great time.
, Sep 2020
Love Joey. Would recommend the guided tour. Lot of fun facts while on the lake. He even offered to tow me in. I made it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
That's Awesome. Nice work Joey. Glad you had a good time.
We had a blast!
, Sep 2020
Alex was a great tour guide. He was easy to talk to and very knowledgeable about Lake Tahoe and its history.
Kayaking fun
, Aug 2020
This was a great tour! While we kayaked, our guides entertained us with lots of trivia and history about Lake Tahoe. The lake was just beautiful-kayaking was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Lake Tahoe!
Stunningly beautiful place to kayak
, Jul 2020
Alex, our guide, was great. Kayaking in the Sand Beach area is spectacular. They could post a much prettier picture than the one they do for this tour. The one you see is nothing compared to what you will see. Lunch was also very good (if you like deli-style sandwiches). Warning to the wise: show up NO LATER than 8:00 am for the 9:00 am tour. Parking at San Beach Harbor is limited and fills up within 15-30 minutes of them opening the lot at 8 am. Once you miss that there is no place else to park and you will miss your tour - and you really don’t want to do that. It will be the highlight of your time in Tahoe.

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