• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Easy Parking
Groups
Lake

One of the best views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Great exercise and a way to stay fit in the summer months. Gain confidence in the water and prepare for your next adventure.

My favorite is to take a trip from Sand Harbor State Beach to Thunderbird Lodge along the East Shore in Lake Tahoe. Start by traveling to Sand Harbor State Beach, park in the parking lot and bring your equipment to the sandy shore. Hop on your board and begin heading south along the East Shore. As you glide on top of the waters enjoying views of the sandy beach bottom below you will quickly travel past the buoys reaching deeper blue waters. As you hug the coast you will enjoy various shades of blue as the depths of the Lake change below you. One of my favorite spots is just outside Sand Harbor where the waters are crystal clear blue where sand lies below surrounded by dark blue waters of the giant rocks below. Half way to the Thunderbird Lodge there is a popular rocky beach and swimming area before you enter the deep blue waters of the cove approaching the historic mansion. As you sail close to the famous Thunderbird Lodge you will get a insider view of the famous compound including the boat house, lighthouse, private beach, main house and its gardens. The day I visited I was spectating alongside two other famous boats – the Sierra Cloud Catamaran and the Grand-Craft Wild Goose II, obviously the place to be for the day! From here I turn around and head back to Sand Harbor and return up the East Shore. The entire trip takes about 45-mins to an hour each way for a total of 2 hrs. Once you are back at the beach, ditch your board and enjoy swimming, sunbathing or various games at this spectacular beach for a perfect day at Lake Tahoe. Source

Pack List

  • SUP (or rental)
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun block
  • Water
  • Camera (if you dare)
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Robin Penning

I am a Lake Tahoe local, living in beautiful North Lake Tahoe. I am passionate about travel, especially the discovery of unique destinations, foods, cultures and activities uncovered through interactions with locals living in these destinations.

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