Check the Forecast
Get a complete wind and weather forecast for Lake Tahoe before you go. Check the daily Lake Tahoe marine forecast provided by the National Weather Service out of Reno.
Lake Tahoe water is always cold, even on the hottest day of summer. Cold Water Shock can cause immediate swim failure, leaving you physically and mentally incapacitated. Cold Water Immersion can cause numbness and a loss of mental faculties in less than 3 minutes and leads to hypothermia.
Always wear your life jacket to keep your head above water, and to keep your body warm and insulated.
Weather can change rapidly and create dangerous paddling conditions. Watch weather and marine forecasts and plan your route to be able to get off the water safely and quickly in the event of high waves, rain, snow, or lightning.
Explore Lake Tahoe real-time conditions for water temperature and wave height from the UC Davis TERC lake data stations. Data are updated every hour.
The guide includes 37 public launch and landing sites, 20 Trailheads with signage, restrooms and parking, Day Trip Maps, and all the tools you need for planning a safe and fun adventure.
Sierra Business Council and the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Committee and their contributors will be in no way responsible for personal injury or damage to personal property arising in conjunction with the use of this website or printed materials. Good judgment and planning are critical to any successful outing. Before heading out on the water, it is recommended that you check with other sources of information for the latest lake conditions.