sand harbor

Sand Harbor is the furthest thing from a well kept secret, but with good reason. The Nevada State park just a few miles from Incline Village has full facilities for everyone in the family, including restrooms, picnic tables, and a boat launch. The shoreline is notable for its half-dozen miles of picturesque clear water and massive truck size boulders which are perfect for both pleasant picnics on the water and cliff jumping for the kids. Because of its popularity, be wary of parking challenges. If booking a weekend tour, be sure to email us at [email protected] at least 24 hours before your trip, and we can usually coordinate with our local guides to secure premium parking for you the morning of your tour.

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Incline Village

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Yes. Parking is $10 or $12 (out-of-state), but typically lots are full from 10am to 4pm

Incredibly flat water in the morning; windy in the afternoons.

White sand beach within primary park boundaries; otherwise mostly large granite rocks surrounding.

3-10ft for up to 200feet off-shore

Beginner+

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truckee-river

Floating the Truckee River is one of the hallmark activities in North Tahoe. For the vast majority of visitors, however, that means spending $150 on a bulky, hot, plastic raft, and bumping into hundreds of other such rafts along the way. Except for rare occassions (typically in the spring) when the water level is too high to be safe, we believe the best way to experience the Truckee river is by paddleboard. Depending on your level experience, traversing the Truckee's class 1 and 2 rapids on a paddleboard can either be a cakewalk or a good dose of adrenaline. Because this tour requires advanced planning to coordinate transportation back from the River Ranch, be sure to email us at [email protected] at least 24 hours before your trip.

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Tahoe City

Yes

Yes. Parking is free, and with space for 100+ vehicles. The lot will fill up on busy weekends, so worth arriving early.

Occasional up-river winds can require more paddling effort

Variable

1-8 feet

Beginner+

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layton-park

This park is one of the best kept secrets of Tahoe City, as it is tucked away from obvious view from the main roads. Located just a few block from the main traffic light in town, this park features a small protected cove and allows you to paddle all the way up to the Truckee River dam, as well as across to downtown Tahoe City.

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Tahoe City

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Yes. Free parking. Lot does occassionally fill up on busy weekends.

Predictably flat water at most hours. Current generally flows clockwise toward downtown Tahoe City

Small rocks and shrubbery -- limited beach surface for lounging.

3-20ft

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tahoe beach park

Tahoe Beach Park is a private access park for nearby property owners and their guests. Fortunately that includes guest sof Tahoe Water Sports. It has full service facilities, including picnic benches, barbecues, and even a basketball court for any kids who aren't participating on the water. As part of a natural cove and likewise due to the large no wake zone surrounding the 100+ buoys and half-dozen piers, the water is predictably smooth and perfect for beginners.

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Tahoe City

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Street parking only./h4>

Predictably flat water at almost all hours.

Pebble beach.

3-10ft for up to 100feet off-shore

Beginner+

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