When it comes to water activities, getting out on the water with a boat is an amazing way to experience the pristine waters and surrounding beauty of Lake Tahoe. There are a few different ways to experience Tahoe boating — rentals, charters or through an organized tour – and they all offer something different.
If you’re hoping to cruise the lake at your own leisure, a 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.
Here are some rental companies in Incline Village to get you started:
If you are just looking to get out on the lake for some water skiing, wakeboarding or surfing, there are a handful of companies that will take you out for lessons with professional coaches. Tahoe Surf Company, Birkholms Water Sports, Borges Water Ski and Wakeboard School, High Sierra Water Ski School, Lake Tahoe Water Ski School and Tahoe Jet Boats are just a few companies that offer private or semi-private outings with equipment included for all experience levels.
Maybe you’d rather not drive the boat – you’re looking for a cruise on a yacht or hoping to do some serious fishing. Whatever the case may be, there are lots of options for getting a boat chartered. Choosing a charter depends on the type of trip you want.
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 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.
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 along Tahoe’s east shore. Cruises take place year-round, and each includes food and beverage.