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Paddling on the Lake

The following article taken from Mountain News.

The sun is glimmering on Lake Tahoe and you want to get out there and experience it for yourself. Well, you're in luck because 72 miles of shoreline and great weather make Tahoe an irresistible setting for kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP). And with today's easy-to-ride open deck kayaks and SUP's, first time paddlers, with a few instructional tips, can master the craft all on their own.

Naturally, Emerald Bay is a prime kayaking destination for all ability levels. Launch from Baldwin Beach and tour two  miles north to Eagle Point, a large spike of land that conceals the entrance to Emerald Bay. Paddle around the point and into this constricted mouth of this gorgeous, pristine bay and enter a scene that resembles the carved fjords of Norway. Paddle a mile and a half to the back of the bay where paddlers can stop at the tea house on Fannette Island or take a tour of the Vikingsholm estate. Low cost tours are given daily during peak summer months. After the tour, complete your circumnavigation. At Emerald Point, cross the mouth of the bay and start back to Baldwin Beach under the shade of giant Ponderosa pines. If all this sounds like too much for one day, rent a kayak or SUP right in the bay. Kayak Tahoe rents kayaks and SUP's right on the beach of Emerald Bay just to the north of Vikingsholm estate.

Just north of Emerald Bay is Rubicon Point, one of the deepest portions of Lake Tahoe. Here, 1200 feet of the bluest water separates you from the dark, mysterious floor of Lake Tahoe. At Rubicon Point or anywhere along the way, land on shore and stretch your legs on a portion of Bliss State Park's Rubicon Trail. If you keep your eyes on teh tree tops, you might catch a glimpse of the bald eagles that have been spotted in this area.

Another alluring destination is the East Shore Beaches where the water is so crystal clear it can feel as though you're floating above the lake bed. Put in at the Sand Harbor State Park and paddle south through mazes of house-size boulders until you find a perfect, secluded nook of your own (clothing optional at some).

The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a route around all 72 miles of Tahoe's shoreline. For a map, access points, resting places, campgrounds, lodging, points of interest and related support facilities for kayakers and canoeists, go to www.laketahoewatertrail.org.

For an alternative to kayaking, try stand-up paddle-boarding. SUPs are now available at most kayak shops and rental locations. SUPs are fairly easy to learn and many people like the perspective from a standing position. Keep in mind that SUPs, in general, do not go as far as the most efficient kayaks especially into a headwind. 

For more information on kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding in the area, contact one of the local paddle shops. Kayak Tahoe offers lessons, kayak and SUP sales, and rentals of everything from kayaks to car racks. Their guided sunset and Emerald bay tours are as good as it gets. For more information call (530) 544-2011. South Tahoe Standup Paddle is a family-owned business that also offers sales and rentals of SUPs and kayaks, guided tours, lessons, etc. Check out their SUP races and events. Call (530)416-4829.


 
 
 
 
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