Overnight Trips

One of the more exciting adventures is spending a few days and nights on an extended paddle trip. Most paddlers spend a night or two camping under the stars at developed campgrounds along the Water Trail.

Other expert, highly skilled paddlers circumnavigate the lake like this group, who provided details from their circumnavigation trip in 2008. We can also learn from these two kayakers who completed the circumnavigation in September 2016 who provide their details kayaking counter-clockwise. Always plan closely with weather forecasts, have backup support (rides to drop off points and frequent check-ins for safety purposes) with friends and/or family, etc.

And some enjoy a fine meal and a warm bed at a lake shore lodge. The Lake Tahoe Water Trail has it all!

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 and free. Learn how by becoming a Tahoe Keeper.

Where to Stay

The Overnight Trip Map below works with our day trips maps so you can find campgrounds and lodges accessible from the lake and approximate the distances between them. Follow the links to find costs, availability, and to make a reservation before you arrive, particularly for the June – August period. Consider scheduling your trip during September or early October; the weather is still warm and the lake and overnight accommodations are less crowded. Fires are only allowed in designated campgrounds. Check seasonal fire restrictions.

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A Word About Overnight Parking at Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor, NV State Park will work hard to accommodate overnight parking needs in the off season and shoulder seasons (latter part of September through first part of May), but you must contact the Park to coordinate arrangements far in advance at (775) 831-0494.


No camping is allowed on undeveloped shorelines at Lake Tahoe! You must camp at a designated campground. You can find 13 campgrounds on our Map page or check the status at the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit website.

Emerald Bay – Dogs are not allowed on any trails or roads into Emerald Bay, nor on the beach.

Lodge to Lodge Network

The Lodge-to-Lodge Network (LTL) caters to kayakers and paddle boarders who want to plan an extended trip on the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. The Overnight Trip map highlights current LTL members so you can plan a personal paddle trip experience with just the right amount of adventure, relaxation, and pampering you desire. Book a trip with the lodges directly, or through TahoeSouth.com or GoTahoeNorth. If you represent a lodge and would like to become a member of the LTL, please contact the Sierra Business Council.


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