Even though most visitors to the Lake Tahoe area in the winter stick to the snow-covered slopes, you can still enjoy the water of the blue lake during the cold months. For the past few weeks, the Tahoe area has been receiving record high temperatures and beautiful, sunny days. These are the best times to enjoy the following activities on the water, but continue to wear your warm clothing.
Hop onto one of the two paddlewheel boats that take tours around the lake and into Emerald Bay. In winter, the M.S. Dixie II has a daily cruise on weekdays and two cruises on the weekends. The Dixie departs from Zephyr Cove. On the Tahoe Queen (which is an authentic Mississippi paddlewheeler) there is a daily cruise on most weekdays and on weekends. The Queen departs from the Sky Run Marina. Click this link for the schedule [PDF].
The Tahoe Queen also has an après-ski cruise for visitors looking to unwind after a long day on the slopes. This cruise offers a 1 1/2 hour cruise, a complimentary drink and all-you-can-eat appetizers. Several cruise dates will have live music. The cruise is on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the Ski Run Marina. The cost is $29 a person.
Since Lake Tahoe never freezes, you can enjoy deep water fishing all year long on the lake. Mackinaw (Lake Trout) are plentiful in the winter and you may catch a Rainbow, Brown Trout or a Kokanee Salmon. The Tahoe Sport Fishing Co. will take you out on chartered boat from Ski Run Marina or Zephyr Cove. Each tour will last about 5-7 hours, weather permitting.
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