South Tahoe Kayak & Paddleboard is the newest venture of Tahoe City Kayak, a paddlesports company that has has assisted in getting thousands of paddlers out on Lake Tahoe since 1997. Even though it’s in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, this new location offers paddlers easy access to a large stretch of pristine, undeveloped beach (known as “Secret Beach”), preserved marshlands filled with wildlife, and the upper Truckee River. All of this is accentuated by the stunning backdrop of Mount Tallac (Tahoe’s highest peak), and the beautiful peaks above Emerald Bay. Cave Rock is also clearly visible from this location.

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1004 Lake View Ave South Lake Tahoe CA. 96150

Open Daily 9:30am - 5:30pm
Weather Permitting


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  • Lakeview commons beach parking
  • Parking on San Jose Ave
  • Parking near South Lake Tahoe library
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Avaliable from our Tahoe City Location

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Tours

Enjoy The Majesty Of Lake Tahoe

We have many different Kayak Tours to offer, as well as Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons. We have some of the most experienced guides and instructors at Lake Tahoe, and we think you'll love learning about Tahoe and improving your paddling skills. Taking a tour or lesson can add safety, fun, and learning to your day of paddling.

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Sunset Tour

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This tour begins 2 hours before sunset. This is a stunning time of day to see Lake Tahoe as the water reflects the vibrant sunset


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Discover Tour

90  mins


This is a 1.5 hour lesson tour hybrid that is designed to introduce people to basic paddle strokes and techniques for becoming comfortable in their kayak.


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Emerald Bay Boat Camp Overnight

overnight


This tour includes a nature paddle in the Upper Truckee River, a hike on Fannette Island, a tour of Vikingsholm, stories and music by the campfire


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Get Up Stand Up

8:30 am - 9:30  am


This one-hour paddle is an affordable way to learn proper technique for stand-up paddle boarding, and a great way to enjoy the lake’s smoothest water


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History & Nature Tour

9:30 am - noon


Enjoy this family-friendly nature paddle while hearing tales of the Wild West from Tahoe’s past. This scenic wonder is just a short paddle from our rental beach


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Illuminated Full Moon Tour

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This tour starts an hour before sunset, and paddlers get to catch the sunset and the spectacular moon rise over the lake


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4th of July Fireworks Tour

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We give every guest a headlamp and a glow stick and then group the kayaks together and enjoy the best seats in the house for the Fireworks display


Retail Store

Kayaks and Paddleboards

Our North-Shore Tahoe City retail store has been a trusted name for Lake Tahoe kayak rentals, touring, and sales for over 20 years. We carry the best names in kayaks, stand up paddleboards, gear and apparel. Our Store and our retail prices are competitive with big-city retailers! We carry popular brands like Hobie Mirage, Eddyline, Bote, Pau Hana, Wilderness Systems, Perception, and more brands.


Testimonials

  • We walked in on a Sunday morning and were able to hop in a kayak immediately. The instructors were helpful, and it was a great experience for the money

    Akshatha

  • Really convenient and easy to rent a kayak and the staff kindly showed us -- first time kayakers -- how to do it and made sure our vests were put on correctly.

    Qian

  • Check out the hobie kayaks they are the best on the lake.

    Robert

  • Had a great time kayaking! Everything was set up and ready to go even though we were a bit early. Kenny was super fun and we learned so much about Lake Tahoe from him. Price point was just right and two hours was perfect!

    Trudy

  • Great way to experience the lake. Josh was a fantastic guide. Highly recommended.

    Geoffrey

  • We had a terrific experience renting a paddle boat and paddling around the Commens beach. We have no prior experience. The youg Englishman from the shop gave me a brief instruction before handing me the paddle. The instructions were clear and super helpful. I was pleasantly surprise that I was able to stand up and paddle arund and had a great time.

    Danhui

  • Had a great time on the water. Folks that hooked us up were super friendly and we were able to take our little dog along for the ride.

    Naomi