Weather and Marine Forecasts

Before you even consider paddling or boating on Lake Tahoe, check the daily weather and water conditions at Lake Tahoe marine forecast and LT wind and weather forecast.

And, take a FREE online paddle sports safety course.  Even though you are paddling, you are still a boater subject to many of the same requirements.

Lake Tahoe Wind & Weather Conditions

Summer Wind Patterns

Be aware of the predominant increase in intensity of southwest winds during the afternoon, and be especially careful near the west side for down blasts coming off of steep mountain peaks and canyons at Baldwin Beach, Emerald Bay, Ward Canyon and the entire West Shore.

Summer winds are normally out of southwest when lake wind advisories are in effect. Paddlers should be aware that this means they could be blown offshore if paddling on the south and west shores leading to possible hypothermia, or worse, death.  Paddlers on the east and north shores will need to be ready to deal with substantial waves.  The chance for injury is quite high in these circumstances, i.e. crashing in the shore break, which is probably a daily experience along these shores when lake wind is in effect. Ironically, while much less likely chance of an injury there is much higher chance of a death due to being blown offshore along the west and south sides of the lake. Fortunately,  many of these potential accidents are avoided due to good Samaritan folks in motorized watercraft. Thank you all boaters.

Fall, Winter & Spring Wind Patterns

While it can be T-shirt weather in the heart of winter, be aware. At some point during the fall, winter and spring the east and northeast wind will probably begin to blow on any given day. Air temperature will drop precipitously especial during winter. The chance of cold shock increases, which is partly influenced by the difference between water and air temperature. The threat of hypothermia is reason enough to consider wearing a life jacket even if you are an excellent swimmer.  Your safest bet is to dress for water temperature. At a minimum carry a dry change of clothes in a dry bag, stay close to shore and wear your life jacket.  Your life jacket is basically a super insulated vest, and can keep you warm.

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