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Tour of Historic Lake Tahoe West Shore

Tahoe City, United States
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Grab a paddle and voyage along the scenic west shore of Lake Tahoe on a guided, 2.5-hour morning kayak tour. Experience the full beauty of Tahoe in the summer while gliding through the pristine water, and learn about local history and legends like early settlers, the ill-fated Donner Party, and life on the lake before the advent of ski resorts and casinos.
  • 2.5-hour morning kayak tour of Lake Tahoe's west shore
  • Paddle through the calm, pristine waters of the lake with an expert guide
  • Hear tales from early California history
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the western shore and Tahoe in the summertime
  • Includes kayak, paddle, and life vest rental
  • All abilities and experience levels welcome
Guided, 2 1/2 -hour tour
Kayak, life-jacket, and paddle
Food and drink

Departure Point

Tahoe City Kayak, 521 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the local outfitter’s office near the main marina in Tahoe City, getting an early start to avoid the summer crowds for a peaceful mountain morning on the lake. Get equipped with a kayak, paddle, and life vest, and receive a brief safety orientation before launching out onto the calm waters.

As you paddle through the clear, snow-fed lake, soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Tahoe in the summer, which has a distinctly different vibe from the winter ski season. Learn how the relaxed culture and less developed landscape of the west shore differs from the high-rise hotels and casinos of the Nevada shoreline while your guide shares local insight into the history of recreation on the lake.

Learn about the early settlers who built rustic lakeside cabins, and hear tales from California history like the legendary Donner Party’s tragic winter, Teddy Roosevelt’s stalled efforts to turn the area into national parkland, and stories of life along the nearby Truckee River. After about 2.5 hours cruising along the shoreline in your kayak, return to the marina midday — a perfect time to enjoy lunch at one of Tahoe City’s many restaurants (own expense).
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Booking subject to cancellation if minimum required guests (2 people) has not been met and if no other parties have booked that tour for the same day, we will still launch the tour if you are willing to pay the price equivalent of our minimum number of people.
  • Children under 5yrs are not permitted
  • All guests must carry a lifejacket
  • Guests 14yrs and younger are required to WEAR their lifejacket
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • Please provide your contact number at time of booking so the tour operator can follow up with important information about your tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tahoe City Kayak

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Tour of Historic Lake Tahoe West Shore?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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This was a short tour. The guide was...
Valerie W
, Jun 2017
This was a short tour. The guide was nice and informative. Very attentive to our ability to paddle and how tiring it can be. I was a bit disappointed when we pulled into the dock about an hour early, but some in our group weren't doing too well and the guide knew it. We had very few sore muscles the next day which was due to his ending early.

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