Lake Tahoe Water Trail Trailhead Spotlight: Tahoe Vista

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When it comes to easy waterfront access and places to stay, Tahoe Vista is near the top of the list. From down home comfort at one of the many B&B’s to personalized Mom & Pop hotels, you’ll be sure to get a good night’s rest alongside a full day’s paddling adventure. Let’s dive into what to expect as part of our Lake Tahoe Water Trail Trailhead spotlight at Tahoe Vista.

Paddling Tahoe Vista

The Tahoe Vista Recreation Area & Boat Launch is the ultimate in one-stop paddling fun. Kayak & SUP Rentals? Check. On-site Parking? Yup. Restrooms, picnic tables, & BBQs? You bet! Stack on amazing dining within walking distance, an assortment of boutique shops, AND transit & you got yourself a perfect base camp.

Two Out-And-Back Day Trip Paddles

North Tahoe Beach

About 1 mile paddle from Tahoe Vista, this cozy 2.7 acre park is home to an assortment of fun things like beach volleyball courts, a horseshoe pit, BBQs / picnic tables, and most importantly – restrooms. Be sure to not miss the one-of-a kind granite topographical sculpture of Lake Tahoe. It’s a perfect “Instagramable” photo opportunity.

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

About two miles from Tahoe Vista is the town and beach named after card shark Joe King, who won it nearly a century ago from land baron George Whittell. Situated in what is known as the “banana belt” of the North Shore, Kings Beach is almost nonstop sunshine! It’s truly the shining jewel of what is considered the most laid back beach town in Lake Tahoe.

This is only a taste of the day trip options surrounding Tahoe Vista. For a full write-up, head over to our day trips section and download the .pdf around North Shore Day Trips. Or better yet, pick up a copy of our waterproof Lake Tahoe Water Trail Map & Access Guide.

Want more North Tahoe beach fun? Check out the in-depth guide on all the beaches dotting the north shore on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism website.

Heads UP! Be sure to wear a life jacket!



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