Lake Tahoe offers not only astonishing views over its perfectly clear water, multiple bays and surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s also a home for many outdoor activities: hiking, kayaking, paddling, parasailing and many more. During the summer you max expect great weather conditions literally each day, even though from time to time it gets quite windy. I recommend you check the forecasts, since windy conditions might prevent you from some activities like parasailing or kayaking. Besides that, usually it’s hot, sunny and – due to low humidity – you can barely see any clouds on the sky. Sounds like perfect summer vacation spot, right? 😎
Kayaking on Lake Tahoe
I chose kayaking as my first outdoor activity while in Tahoe, since I already got some experience with kayaks on a few rivers in Poland. It was the first time, when I was supposed to do that on the lake, though. Boring – that’s what my friend said. No obstacles, no diversified landscape, calm water… The reality turned out completely different! Right after renting a double-kayak from the Kayaks Tahoe (located on the Beach Retreat’s pier) we jumped into water and the adventure began. Even though the wind wasn’t blowing hard at all, waves got pretty high and we were swimming up-stream (to the west, actually). That was enough to have a pretty good workout for our arm muscles. In total, we spent 2 hours and 30 minutes on the water, from which 2 hours was just upstream kayaking and only the remaining 30 minutes was the way back. Even though it was a bit tough excursion, we really enjoyed it.
Views from inside
Speaking about impressions… As you may probably guess, views were just amazing and not boring at all! Being on the lake gives you a completely different perspective on the surrounding mountains and the lake itself, which is truly wonderful. As we headed to the west, we had a chance to have a deeper look at some of the beaches, small marinas and even a little bay nearby. To sum it up: it’s totally worth it! Just have a look at the photos. 😊
PS. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen while kayaking! I thought I’ll be fine but I ended up having my legs sunburnt for the next 2 weeks. Sun in South Lake Tahoe is serious, guys!