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Lake Tahoe Summer Activities - Boating & Marinas
Lake Tahoe Boating, Cruises, Sailing & Marinas

Lake Tahoe Boating & Marinas

A sparkling expanse of water always attracts water sports, and Lake Tahoe provides the ideal site for a smorgasbord of the wet and wild made even more enjoyable by the exceptionally clear depths.

mandatory boat inspections

Featured Cruises and Charters:


Boating enthusiasts - those who rent as well as those who bring their own - enjoy the calm morning water and wind, which ensure that motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes and even rowboats are easily launched from the Lake's many piers and marinas. Visitors can set out from Cave Rock, the Anchorage at Camp Richardson, Lakeside Marina, Tahoe Keys Marina, Ski Run Marina, Timber Cove Marina and Zephyr Cove Marina.
Round Hill Pines (H2O Sports).

With boating comes the high-speed thrill of waterskiing, as well as its trendy new cousin, scurfing. Like waterskiing, scurfing involves being towed by a motorboat across the water's surface. But instead of distributing their weight between water skis, scurfers plant both feet on a piece of equipment resembling a small surfboard.

When conditions are right, the colorful array of the windsurfers' sails add yet another dimension to Lake Tahoe's spectacular beauty. The wind and waves challenge but do not daunt the lovers of this sport.


Most marinas have gasoline, repairs, supplies, launching, pump-a-head and boat rentals. Call the particular marina you are interested in for more information.

Lake Tahoe Marinas Map, South & North Shores

Featured Marinas:

Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Bottom of Coon St., Kings Beach
(530) 546-7248
North Tahoe Marina
Hwy. 28, Tahoe Vista
(530) 546-8248
Lake Forest Boat Ramp
Hwy. 28 N of Tahoe City
(530) 583-3796
Sierra Boat Company
Hwy. 28, Carnelian Bay
(530) 546-2551
Tahoe City Marina
in Tahoe City
(530) 583-1039
Sunnyside Marina
Hwy. 89, 2 miles south of Tahoe City
(530) 583-7201
Homewood High & Dry Marina
Hwy. 89, Homewood
(530) 525-5966
Obexers Marina & Launch Ramp
Hwy. 89, Homewood
(530) 525-7962
Meeks Bay Marina
Hwy. 89, 10 miles south of Tahoe City
(530) 525-5588
Camp Richardson Resort & Marina
Hwy. 89, 2.5 miles N of So. Lake Tahoe
(530) 542-6570
Fallen Leaf Marina (530) 544-0787
Echo Lake Chalet (530) 659-7207
Tahoe Keys Marina
Tahoe Keys Blvd. off Hwy. 50
(530) 541-2155
S. Lake Tahoe Recreation Area Boat Ramp
Lakeview Ave., off Hwy. 50
(530) 542-6055
Lakeside Marina
End of Park Ave. off Hwy. 50
(530) 541-6626
Ski Run Marina
Ski Run Blvd. off Hwy. 50
(530) 544-0200
Timber Cove Marina
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe
(530) 544-2942
Round Hill Pines (H2O Sports)
Off Hwy. 50 at Round Hill
(775) 588-3055
Zephyr Cove Marina
Off Hwy. 50 at Zephyr Cove
(775) 588-3833
Cave Rock
Hwy. 50, N. of Zephyr Cove
(775) 831-0494
Sand Harbor Boat Ramp
Hwy. 28, 4 miles south of Incline Village
(775) 831-0494
Incline Village (775) 831-5625


Docking boats/watercraft in any designated swimming area, channel by a marina, or within 200 yards of any stream or creek is illegal. You may anchor off shore overnight provided you display a white anchor light.


There is one boat camp, Emerald Bay, located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. This campground is run by California State Parks and has 10 sites with water and flush toilets. It is open in the summer on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a $9.00 fee to camp. For more information call (916) 525 7277.


In order to provide safety and pleasure for all, California Boating Regulations should be carefully studied and observed. You may obtain a copy of the regulations by either writing or calling:

Coast Guard
2500 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 583-4433 (June - October)

California Department of Boating & Waterways
1629 "S" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-2615

Boating Safety:

The elements which make up the attractive Lake Tahoe Basin environment also create significant hazards for boaters. A few of these are:

Wind: Sudden, high gusty winds of sufficient intensity to capsize a small craft are not unusual in the Basin. When a long dark line appears down the lake, gusty winds may be moving in your direction. The best thing to do is find a sheltering harbor.

Underwater Hazards: Beware of underwater obstructions, such as rocks and old pilings which may be exposed or barely covered near shorelines. Very hazardous areas of Lake Tahoe have been marked by the Coast Guard with red buoys, which should be kept between the vessel and the shore. These dangerous areas are shown on the National Ocean Survey Chart of Lake Tahoe, obtained at the Coast Guard Station in Lake Forest, and on boating maps sold at local sporting goods stores.

Water Temperature: The water temperature of local lakes is very cold. Surface temperature is approximately 40 degrees during December through April. Summer temperatures may reach the upper 60's near shorelines. Sudden immersion in ice cold water can cause temporary paralysis with resulting helplessness and loss of buoyancy, causing the victim to sink without returning to the surface. The boater must be prepared at all times for adverse wind conditions. The wearing of personal flotation devices by all passengers aboard and the use of wet suits for water skiing is highly recommended.






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