Play It Safe! To help you have a safe and fun paddle adventure, Sierra Business Council and our finest Lake Tahoe lodging properties, paddle shops, tourism officials, and lakefront residents have created the 2017 Lake Tahoe Water Trail Water Safety Brochure. Print it and use it!
LTWT Paddle Shops and Lodging Property Sponsors!
- Willard’s Sport Shop
- Watermans Landing
- Franciscan Lakeside Lodge
- Lakeshore Sports
- Aston Lakeland Village Resort
- Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa
- Kayak Tahoe
- Camp Richardson Resort
Summer wind and wave patterns: Be ready
While typical summer winds originate from the southwest, winds can and do change in an instant. Be aware of the predominant increase in intensity of southwest winds in the afternoon. Be prepared for strong down blasts coming off of steep mountain peaks and canyons at Baldwin Beach, Emerald Bay, Ward Canyon, and the entire West Shore. You could be blown offshore.
Strong prevailing southwest winds generate very large waves along the north and east shores in the summer afternoons. Be ready for changeable conditions and to navigate rough water and a rocky shoreline. Water conditions are generally calmer during the morning. Check weather and marine forecasts, and always wear your life jacket and SUP leash!
To help you have a safe and fun adventure, the 72-mile route is divided into 7 Day Trip Maps with trailheads. Each map includes route descriptions, GPS waypoints, launch/landing sites, parking, on-site facilities and amenities, as well as public beach access to nearby hiking trails, restaurants, shopping, historic sites, paddle shops, lodging, and campgrounds. Choose a route based on your ability to handle changing weather conditions.
Be advised. Dogs are not allowed in Emerald Bay, State Parks, and most beaches. Dogs should wear life jackets too that contain dog waste bags.
Overnight Paddle Adventures
For the highly-skilled, fully-contained expert paddler, camping along the Water Trail is permitted only in designated campgrounds. Fires are allowed only in designated campgrounds with fire rings and/or pits. Check fire restrictions.
Pampered Paddler Accommodations
Want to really pamper yourself? Stay at a lakefront resort, or connect several lakefront lodges together for sand-free accommodations!