Top 5 Water Sports And Activities Near Lake Tahoe, USA - Updated 2022

water sports in lake tahoe
Rienz Althron
Rienz Althron 

Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States. Its maximum depth is 1,645 feet (about 501 meters). It is also the 16th deepest lake in the whole world. It is surrounded by many trees, including the Jeffrey Pine which gives off a strong pineapple or vanilla scent. It is also a famous tourist destination, thanks to its clear waters and relaxing sceneries. There are also a lot of water sports and activities you can enjoy in this place, and if you’d like to know more, let’s have a look at our list of the top water sports and other activities Lake Tahoe boasts of.

1. Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay cruise on M.S. Dixie II

If you want to learn more about the history of Lake Tahoe, you’ll want to be part of the Emerald Bay cruise tour aboard M.S. Dixie II. As you cruise to Emerald Bay, you will listen to a narrator talking about the history of the different parts of Lake Tahoe. You will also learn about Fanette Island, which is the sole island on the Lake, as well as the Vikingsholm Castle. Also, included in the tour is a video presentation titled ‘The Sunken Treasures of Lake Tahoe’. You will learn what lies in the deepest parts of Lake Tahoe, its wonders, theories and how the lake has evolved and will evolve. During the picture taking part, you would want to make sure that your smartphones are fully charged, or at least bring a power bank with you!

Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

Duration: 2 hours

525 reviews

2. South Lake Tahoe parasailing (from USD 80.0)

We all dream of flying, and feeling the wind brush against our skins. We’ve turned our envy of birds into fun and thrilling activities that simulate the feeling of flying. One of those is parasailing. Imagine being pulled by a speedboat as you rise and rise in the middle of the air, up to 500 feet (152 meters) high! At the same time, you can marvel at the trees and mountains surrounding the area! It is probably one of the most exciting activities you can do in Lake Tahoe!

South Lake Tahoe Parasailing

Duration: 45 minutes

22 reviews

3. South Lake Tahoe jet-ski rental (from USD 177.0)

If you are looking for a less tiring but equally fun option, why not rent a jet ski instead? You can ski anywhere on the lake as long as you return before the time is up! Anyway, they have three different packages that you can choose from depending on how long you’d like to indulge in the waters of Lake Tahoe. Like the kayak rental, you can go for either one, four or an eight-hour ride. Just a few things to take note of: there’s a 15 USD charge for the fuel and a marina usage fee. Also, you’ll need to have a driver’s license.

South Lake Tahoe Jet Ski Rental

Duration: 1 hour

2 reviews

4. South Lake Tahoe kayak rental (from USD 48.0)

Kayaking in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe is another great way to spend your time here. Look for hidden coves and beaches while you’re at it, or simply enjoy the surroundings in the middle of the lake. There are three packages to choose from; one hour, four hours, and if you want to stay longer, you can go for their eight-hour option. Paddles and a life jacket are included. Expect a brief safety orientation before you go straight into action.

South Lake Tahoe Kayak Rental

Duration: 1 hour

2 reviews

5. South Lake Tahoe stand-up paddleboard rental (from USD 32.0)

You can combine surfing and boating into one exciting activity, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)! It originated from Hawaii, and, like surfing, you stand on a board, but use a paddle to propel you forward like a boat. This is a relatively new water sport that you should try experiencing in the waters of Lake Tahoe! The rental offers three packages, one, four and eight hours depending on how long you’d like to play on the lake. If you love competition, you may want to challenge your friends to go on a paddleboard racing with you. Just be sure that they are a good sport!

South Lake Tahoe Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

Duration: 1 hour

1 review

Give yourself a chance

There is always a need for us humans to explore and experience nature. We are hardwired to do so. However, due to modern-day living, we almost have no choice but to work and endure a lot of stress. But you need to break the routine from time to time. If you have been wanting to go on a nature trip with your family or friends, why not give yourself a chance to experience Lake Tahoe?

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Rienz is a former office-based employee who entered the world of travel writing. His ultimate dream is to be able to travel the world and experience as much of it as he can. By pursuing his dreams,...Read more

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