Lake Tahoe offers 72+ miles of shoreline, with sandy beaches and rocky inlets – ideal conditions for kayaks, paddleboards, and other non-motorized watercraft. Public agencies in both states operate beaches with good launching opportunities. The map on this page identifies the main launch sites for a wide variety of day trip experiences. At these sites, you will find parking and restrooms during the summer paddling season.
The Lake Tahoe Water Trail Day Trips Map Series breaks the route into seven segments and provides much more information about what you will find on your trip. Follow the link for each segment to get a more detailed map and table with information about parking fees, private property restrictions, seasonal closures, and other launch site amenities.
Click on the link to see and download a PDF map.
- Lake Tahoe Water Trail Overview
- East Shore – Sand Harbor
- East Shore – Cave Rock
- South Shore
- Emerald Bay
- West Shore
- Tahoe City
- North Shore
To help you find planned paddle routes and designated launch/landing sites, order the waterproof Lake Tahoe Map & Guide. Created through a partnership with Adventure Maps, a portion of each map sale goes to support the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Association. Order here (you will be directed to the Adventure Map website)