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.