When it comes to Lake Tahoe water activities, getting out on the water with a boat is an amazing way to experience the pristine waters and the surrounding beauty of Lake Tahoe. There are a few different ways to experience Lake Tahoe boating – rentals, charters or an organized tour – and they all offer something different.
If you’re hoping to cruise at your own leisure, a Lake Tahoe boat rental is probably the best choice. There are several rental companies to choose from, and the highest concentration of rental opportunities are around Incline Village. Most companies offer several different types of boats, including pontoon, fishing, deck and watersport style boats.
Keep scrolling for rental companies in Incline Village to get you started.
Tahoe Blue Boat Rentals is located on the north shore, at Sand Harbor State Park in Incline Village, Nevada. Not visiting Sand Harbor? No problem. Tahoe Blue Boat Rentals will deliver your boat to virtually any pier on the lake.
Tahoe Jet Boats is a boat rental service with reservation locations all around Lake Tahoe. Renting a boat at the lake means you can spend more time enjoying your trip and less time towing and docking your own boat.
With hourly, full-day, half-day and multi-day rentals available, Exclusive Tahoe Boat Rentals is a flexible option to make your trip planning as easy as possible. Exclusive Tahoe Boat Rentals also includes a wakeboard, wake skis, a tube and a full tank of gas in the rental.
Specializing in boat rentals, fishing charters and parasailing, AWS Incline boasts no shortage of fun on the lake.
Need a boat and an RV, too? Tahoe Boat and RV Rentals is a one-stop-shop for cruising by day and snoozing by night. RV rentals are offered year-round, while boat rentals are offered May through October.
If you are just looking to get out on the lake for some waterskiing, wakeboarding or surfing, there are a handful of companies that will take you out for lessons with professional coaches.
Tahoe Surf Company specializes in wakesurfing on the lake by shaping each wake for every unique surfer. Enjoy great music while you wakesurf on one of the world’s most beautiful lakes behind one of Tahoe Surf Company’s 100% electric surf boats.
Beginners and experienced water sports enthusiasts will enjoy tubing, wakeboarding and waterskiing with these Lake Tahoe companies.
Ready to get your children excited about the water sports you love? Birkholm’s Water Sports begins teaching children as young as three years old how to water ski!
Another great option for beginners is Lake Tahoe Water Ski School, where little ones start out by skiing on the instructor’s skis, and then progress to skiing on their own. Lake Tahoe Water Ski School also provides instruction for adult beginners and those looking to improve their skills. They offer wakeboarding, wakesurfing and tubing as well.
In addition to their expertise in watersport lessons, High Sierra Water Ski School also offers boat and jet ski rentals.
Maybe you’d rather not drive the boat but you are hoping to embark on a serious Lake Tahoe fishing trip to catch some mackinaw, rainbows and browns. Whatever the case may be, there are lots of options for getting a private charter. Choosing a Lake Tahoe fishing charter depends on the type of trip you want.
Fish to your heart’s content without having to worry about launching and docking a boat with a fishing guide service. The Lake Tahoe boat charters do the heavy lifting for you (well, you’ll get to haul your catch out of the water!) so you can catch more and worry less.
Book Lake Tahoe’s largest and fastest fishing yacht with Nor Cal Charters. Fishing on their 35-foot long yacht with 70 feet of water clarity in an unforgettable experience.
Tahoe Sport Fishing has the largest fleet of fishing boats on the lake. Choose between morning or afternoon charters to kick off your fishing adventure.
Enjoy a guided fishing charter with AWS Incline. At the end of the trip, your catch will be prepared for you by a chef from the Hyatt’s Lone Eagle Grill.
Perfect for a party, romantic date or family outing, you can experience the lake in a whole new way from sunrise to sunset with Lake Tahoe boat tours. Sit back, enjoy refreshments and take in the breathtaking scenery on the deck of these sailboat, yacht, party boat or even paddle wheeler tours.
The Sierra Cloud offers a 2-hour cruise on a 55-foot catamaran-style sailboat. Cruises typically include an assortment of beverages and light appetizers. This cruise is great for those who want to get out on the lake and relax. Guests can kick back on the boat’s mesh trampoline while they take in the sights with a beverage and a snack.
The Thunderbird Lodge Tour cruises around Crystal Bay while offering an assortment of fresh fruit, pastries, mimosas and other refreshments. The 3-hour tour takes place on a classic 1950s Woody. For those unfamiliar, these boats are one of the few motorboats made primarily out of wood, except for the engine, of course. The tour ends with a trip down the lodge’s 600-foot tunnel that takes you to the boathouse where you’ll view the Thunderbird yacht, which is considered the most valuable wooden boat on the market.
Based out of Tahoe City, Cruisers Academy offers Intro to Sailing courses, day sailing, sunset tours, private lessons, sailing camps for kids and more. With the sailing course their crew will spend four days transforming you into a confident and well-prepared sailor! Cruisers Academy is perfect for a romantic evening or for keeping the whole family entertained.
With private and public charter options, Tahoe Sailing Charters offers a unique way to experience Lake Tahoe. Sip a refreshing drink and feel the breeze in your hair when you hop aboard their 50-foot monohull sailboat for a 2-hour tour. Cruises are offered 7 days a week during the summer months.
The Safari Rose bills itself as the largest, most luxurious yacht on Lake Tahoe. It’s a hard claim to argue since the yacht itself is 80 feet long and has four bathrooms, dining room, heated salon, full bar, sundeck and fireplace. Several tour options are available, including the Emerald Bay Sightseeing Lunch Cruise, South Shore Sightseeing Cruise, Sunset Champagne Cruise and Sunset Winemaker Cruise. If you’re looking to cruise Tahoe in ultimate luxury, this may be your ticket.
The MS Dixie II might be the most historic way to get out on the water. Departing from Zephyr Cove, this historic paddle wheeler will take you on a guided tour of the lake that includes informative history and a special video presentation. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and is great for taking in the scenery and snapping photos. Other tours are available, including lunch, dinner and sunset cruises.
The Tahoe Bleu Wave offers several different cruise options. Enjoy lunch while taking in Emerald Bay with the Emerald Bay Lunch Cruise, see a sunset from the water with the Emerald Bay Sunset Cruise or have a few drinks with the Happy Hour Cruise. Each cruise takes guests around Emerald Bay, where clear water and impressive homes can be seen in south Lake Tahoe. Cruises take place year-round, and each includes food and beverage.
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