The big, deep, blue water of Lake Tahoe actually has a trail on it. It’s the Lake Tahoe Water Trail and has been established by the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Committee to promote safe and accessible paddling on this famous lake.
The actual trail provides kayak and canoe lovers an opportunity to take a custom paddle trip around the 72 mile shoreline of the lake. Each portion of the trail has land and parking access, so you can start wherever you want on the trail and go as far as you want. Regardless of where you start your trip, you will most likely need to park a car overnight and maybe arrange for pickup or shuttle service. There are overnight parking areas in Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe and Stateline. In Tahoe City the parking is just south of El Dorado Savings Bank on State Route 89. In South Lake Tahoe, you can park at the City of South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex on Rufus Allen Blvd. or at the Lakeland Village or near the Tahoe Keys Marina. In Stateline, you can park at the Zephyr Cove Resort and Campground.
The Lake Tahoe Water Trail also offers the Lodge-to-Lodge Network where paddlers can tour the lake with a tour guide during the day and stay at kayak-friendly lodges during the night. These lodges offer kayak storage, kayak transportation to and from the nearest beach, after kayak activities and meals. Several lodges providing these services are the Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa, the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, Timbercove Lodge, Camp Richardson, Zephyr Cove Lodge and the Sunnyside Lodge.
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