Water Activities in Lake Tahoe

Centrally located between Tahoe City and Truckee, Squaw Valley is the perfect jumping-off point to enjoy the waters of Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake and the Truckee River this summer. Here are a few of our favorite water activities in the area. 

Paddle Boarder on Lake Tahoe
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

Both relaxing and a bit challenging, Stand Up Paddleboarding is the perfect way to get out on the water and away from bustling shores. Daily paddleboard rentals are available in Truckee at Tahoe Sports Hub or Donner Lake Marina, or in Tahoe City at West Shore Sports or Tahoe City Kayak.


Kayaking is another great way to venture out on the clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Tahoe City Kayak offers kayak and paddleboard rentals, as well as guided tours. 

Rafting on the Truckee River between Lake Tahoe and Alpine Meadows
Raft the Truckee River

Take a leisurely float down the scenic Truckee River. Start in Tahoe City with either Truckee River Rafting or Truckee River Raft Company and end up at the iconic River Ranch where you can relax and enjoy an afternoon libation at the base of Alpine Meadows Road. Be sure to make your reservations online to ensure you get a raft

Boating on Lake Tahoe, California
Boating and Watersports

Whether you're looking to learn a new watersport or simply take in the views of the lake and surrounding mountains, boating is the ultimate summer activity in Tahoe. For water skiing or wakeboarding lessons, check out High Sierra Water Ski School. For private charters or sailing cruises, reserve an adventure with Tahoe Sailing Charters. Or book a spot on the iconic Tahoe Gal for a jaunt across Tahoe to Emerald Bay. Note: reservations are highly recommended due to new reduced seating. 

Skunk Harbor Sunset on Lake Tahoe
Explore Tahoe's Many Beaches 

Whether you want to post up for a day of swimming and sunbathing or find the perfect sunset vista, there are over 30 beaches on or around Lake Tahoe to explore.