Winter Paddle From Camp Richardson to Kiva Beach

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Added by Brian Walker

This is one of the best times to get on the water. During the winter there is no one on the water and it's just you and beautiful Lake Tahoe. The water is incredibly glassy and fast! Plus you get to enjoy some amazing views of the snow capped mountains! 

Starting at Camp Rich you might get some weird looks at the start, but it is all worth it! As you look out at the lake all you see is the beautiful crystal clear water reflecting the gorgeous snow covered mountains. As you throw your board in the water you begin your paddle along the shoreline. Through the glassy water you make your way along the shore towards Kiva. Once you arrive to the Kiva Beach area you are rewarded with an amazing view of Mount Tallac reflecting off the water. Relax for a bit on the beach and take it all in. Watch for the occasional Bald Eagle that may fly by as well. Since the gate is closed at Kiva Beach it is a very empty beach which is quite amazing! 

After hanging out make your way back to Camp Rich and stop by The Beacon for a nice warm beverage to cap off the day.

(NOTE) This paddle is best mid day during the warmest part of the day when the sun is high. This year I went out with my buddy around 12:30 and it was about 35-40 degrees. 

Pack List

  • Paddleboard
  • Paddle
  • Sweats/Sweatshirt/Puffy/Gloves
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Booties or boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • PFD

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Added by Brian Walker

Lake Tahoe native exploring everything around the area with my camera in tow, even on my days off!

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