After the lake warms up around mid-July, it’s a perfect time to hop in and see crystal clear what’s going on below the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe. While there are several great places to go snorkeling, be sure to check out the area around Thunderbird Lodge, where snorkelers can see large boulders, sunken tree trunks, and more. The best way to get here is to kayak from Sand Harbor State Park and hop in! While you’ll be glued to the underwater world of Tahoe, always be mindful of your surroundings, including boat traffic.
During the warm summer months, Pure Yoga Reno trades in their yoga mats for stand up paddleboards! For five Saturdays this summer, join Ashlee Skow at Sand Harbor State Park for a paddle board lesson, vinyasa yoga class out on the water at Bonsai Rock, followed by a guided meditation on the beach. Be sure to get your tickets online in advance as classes fill up quickly.
The color combination of the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe and the bright white sails can’t be beat. While sailing you can enjoy the sights with the wind in your hair and a drink in your hand. Tahoe Sailing Adventures takes groups of up to 6 people on a sailing tour of the East Shore of Lake Tahoe, departing from the gorgeous Sand Harbor State Park in Incline Village. Want to learn more about sailing? Lessons are also available for groups of 3 or more.
Fishing fans will experience some of the best fishing at Lake Tahoe in deep water on a boat. Be sure to bring the right gear, the large majority of the fish are found oftentimes as deep as 80 to 200 feet! While fishing from the shore isn’t usually recommended, Cave Rock on the east shore has a shoreline that drops off quickly, making it a good place for fishing if you’re not going out on a boat. If you’re interested in chartering a fishing boat, Tahoe Sport Fishing departs from Zephyr Cove where their experienced captains take you to the lake’s latest and greatest hot spots. You can expect to catch Mackinaw, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee Salmon. The daily combined limit is 5 fish per person (2 Mackinaws, 3 Trout). Average size is 2—7 pounds and many 20—30 pound trophies are taken each year.
Okay it’s not that often you’ll see waves like this on Lake Tahoe, but it’s definitely one of the coolest ways to get on the water (for experienced surfers!). Instead of waiting for a monster storm to create waves like these, try out wake surfing, the super fun cross between wakeboarding and surfing. Tahoe Wakesports offers wakesurfing lessons in addition to wakeboarding, wakeskating, and tubing for both Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake.
Cover Photo by Ashlee Skow