From day trip itineraries designed to fit all abilities and interests, to a comprehensive weather map, safety tools, launch sites, rental outfitters and much more, the Lake Tahoe Water Trail is the ultimate resource when it comes to getting your whole crew out on the crystalline waters of America’s largest alpine lake. With recommended routes along Lake Tahoe’s 72 miles of shoreline, plan day trips to world-renowned attractions like Sand Harbor and Cave Rock State Parks, or map out your route for overnight excursions with lakefront campgrounds at Emerald Bay or out-and-back adventures to a hotel with the Lake Tahoe Water Trail access right out their front door.

72 miles of pure liquid fun, the Lake Tahoe Water Trail is your one-stop resource for paddling info on Lake Tahoe, including shoreline routes, public launch and landing sites, wayfinding signage, paddle routes matched to your abilities and interests, navigation tools, safety tips, and much more.

While completing the entire 72-mile circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe is something that should only be attempted by highly skilled paddlers, the Sierra Business Council and Lake Tahoe Water Trail contributors have broken up water access into seven day trips in a map and access guide that can be accessed here. The guide includes 37 public launch and landing sites, 20 trailheads with signage, restroom and parking information, and everything else you need to have a great day on the water.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Bringing your own gear? Before you launch, all watercraft and gear must be cleaned, drained, and dry in order to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species that may otherwise threaten Lake Tahoe’s unbeatable clarity. For more info, be sure to read up on all the rules and regulations here.


The Lake Tahoe Water Trail can be accessed any time of year, weather permitting, though Lake Tahoe water is always cold, even on the hottest days of summer. Furthermore, at high elevation, Lake Tahoe weather can change rapidly and create dangerous paddling conditions. For the most current information on Lake Tahoe forecasts and weather conditions, click here

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Northwestern, Nevada