Lake Tahoe offers more than 72 miles of shoreline with 39 public launch/landing sites and 17 day landing sites. Tahoe’s sandy beaches and rocky inlets are ideal conditions for kayaks, paddle boards, and other non-motorized watercraft.
The map below breaks the 72 mile route into seven segments. Follow the link for each Day Trip to get a 2-sided map with information about parking fees, public launch/landing sites and day landings, private property restrictions, seasonal closures, and other launch site amenities.
Before you launch at Tahoe, all watercraft and gear must be Cleaned, Drained and Dry to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species. Self inspecting and decontaminating your gear is easy. Learn how by becoming a Tahoe Keeper. Or, don’t worry and rent from a local paddle shop.
Click on the link to see and download a Day Trip Map. Miles below are approximates.
- Day Trip Maps Overview 72 miles
- Sand Harbor 17 miles. Use the Incline Village park & ride East Shore Express for access to Sand Harbor.
- Cave Rock 10 miles – Cave Rock motor boat ramp very busy with limited parking. Advised to launch at Sand Harbor or Zephyr Cove.
- South Shore 11 miles
- Emerald Bay 10 miles – Dogs are not allowed on any trails or roads into Emerald Bay, nor on the beach.
- West Shore 11 miles
- Tahoe City 8 miles
- North Shore 12 miles
It’s a big lake. Be Prepared. Before you paddle, check the daily Lake Tahoe marine forecast. Check GPS and Weather Conditions –
- North Lake Tahoe – Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village, NV
- South Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove, NV, El Dorado Beach
Plan a Trip with the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Map & Guide. Only $11.99! Map sales support trail usage education.
Waterproof 24” x 37” folded map with detailed paddling and boating information for Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake.
• GPS coordinates
• Latitude/Longitude grids
• 41 Public Launch and Landing Sites
• 16 Public Day Landing Sites
• Underwater and Land Topography
• Paddle Shops
• Shoreline Businesses
• Points of Interest
Created through a partnership with Adventure Maps, a portion of each map sale goes to support the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Association. Preview the Map here (you will be directed to the Adventure Maps website.)