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Kayak Tour of Historic Lake Tahoe West Shore

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Tahoe City, United States
Kayak Tour of Historic Lake Tahoe West Shore

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Good for avoiding crowds


Grab a paddle and voyage along the scenic west shore of Lake Tahoe on a guided, 2.5-hour morning kayak tour. Experience the full beauty of Tahoe in the summer while gliding through the pristine water, and learn about local history and legends like early settlers, the ill-fated Donner Party, and life on the lake before the advent of ski resorts and casinos.
  • 2.5-hour morning kayak tour of Lake Tahoe's west shore
  • Paddle through the calm, pristine waters of the lake with an expert guide
  • Hear tales from early California history
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the western shore and Tahoe in the summertime
  • Includes kayak, paddle, and life vest rental
  • All abilities and experience levels welcome
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Guided, 2 1/2 -hour tour
Kayak, life-jacket, and paddle
Food and drink
400 N Lake Blvd , 400 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA

Meet at Commons Beach, 400 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to the local outfitter’s office near the main marina in Tahoe City, getting an early start to avoid the summer crowds for a peaceful mountain morning on the lake. Get equipped with a kayak, paddle, and life vest, and receive a brief safety orientation before launching out onto the calm waters.

As you paddle through the clear, snow-fed lake, soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Tahoe in the summer, which has a distinctly different vibe from the winter ski season. Learn how the relaxed culture and less developed landscape of the west shore differs from the high-rise hotels and casinos of the Nevada shoreline while your guide shares local insight into the history of recreation on the lake.

Learn about the early settlers who built rustic lakeside cabins, and hear tales from California history like the legendary Donner Party’s tragic winter, Teddy Roosevelt’s stalled efforts to turn the area into national parkland, and stories of life along the nearby Truckee River. After about 2.5 hours cruising along the shoreline in your kayak, return to the marina midday — a perfect time to enjoy lunch at one of Tahoe City’s many restaurants (own expense).
  • 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 must carry a lifejacket
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tahoe City Kayak
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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It is a guided tour. A...
, Jul 2022
It is a guided tour. A tour guide will tell you some stories. However, it would be better to have a short tour guide and more free time. It is impolite to refuse the tour guide, so we followed his tour for 2 hours.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello. Our company offers kayak rentals, which it sounds like you would prefer. You booked a guided tour, however. When a customer books a guided tour, that is the service we provide. I'm sorry to hear that you preferred a rental. Unless we failed to provide a guided tour, we respectfully request that you take down this 1 star review, as it is damaging our small business's reputation for no good reason.
Great start to the day!
, Jul 2022
Kenny was a great guide. He made it easy for us first timers and his stories were entertaining. It was a wonderful way to start the day.
Totally Recommended
, Aug 2021
Si was our guide. He is terrific, friendly and helpful. Our tour was not on the best day because of the smoke coming from wildfire but still we had a lot of fun. This is the first time we kayak, and Si has given essential and enough instructions to us before we go to the water. In the water, he further taught us simple techniques to maneuver the kayak which are great. We definitely have the confidence to kayak on our own the next time. The historic narrative about the lake he has given during the tour is also quite interesting.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We are so delighted to hear you had a wonderful time on your tour with Si, he is one awesome human and we are happy yo have him as a part of our team. Thank you for writing in.
Excellent experience
, Jul 2021
Our guide Alex was absolutely awesome! His talk was entertaining and informative. He is very friendly and made us feel at home.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for the review, happy you enjoyed your day with Alex.
Got to do this!!!
, Jul 2021
Amazing experience!!! We did the 9:00am tour, lake was peaceful with beautiful views. Our tour guide was so nice. Highly recommended 😃
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Awesome! Glad you had a great time out on the lake.
This was a short tour. The guide was...
Valerie W
, Jun 2017
This was a short tour. The guide was nice and informative. Very attentive to our ability to paddle and how tiring it can be. I was a bit disappointed when we pulled into the dock about an hour early, but some in our group weren't doing too well and the guide knew it. We had very few sore muscles the next day which was due to his ending early.

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