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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

2005 State Route 28, Incline Village, NV 89452 We operate as a concession within Sand Harbor State Park. The gates open around 7AM and the parking does fill quickly in the summer. We suggest arriving early, bring cash for the entrance fee. $10/$15

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
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.
  • 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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Traveler Tips

  • "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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, Aug 2021
1st time ever kayaking for our group of 6.It was amazing. The water was so beautiful. Definitely a must!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Happy to hear you had a good time. Thank you for writing in.
Car Required
, Aug 2021
Kayak tour and lunch was good. No Uber/Lyft would come to the park to take us back to the hotel. Luckily found a taxi for $200. Only select this tour if you have a car.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Vicki_G. We are happy you enjoyed our tour and your time out on the water. We operate in a remote area and have no control over the Uber/Lyft situation here in Tahoe, its a bummer you were unable to find a ride. Transportation can be difficult in the mountains and at remote locations like Sand Harbor, thanks for understanding.
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, Aug 2021
Nolin was our guide. He was knowledgeable and fun! Would highly recommend this tour. It is a great way to see the lake.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We are so happy you had a great experience with Nolan!
, Jul 2021
It was more than what I was expecting. The east shore is beautiful. Tom guided us well and lunch at Chimney Beach was very nice.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Awesome, happy you had a great time with Tom as your guide.
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Awesome. Good to hear you had a great experience with Loren.
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.

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