Lake Tahoe Boating & Some Essential Tips for a Fun Trip

Andy Whitcomb

Lake Tahoe is a famous lake on the California-Nevada border. Lake Tahoe is great; about 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, fed by 63 tributaries. Boating in Lake Tahoe is hugely popular not only because of its size, but also a unique destination as it is incredibly deep and has an amazing maximum depth of over 1,600 feet. That is way more than twice as long as the line you have on your spinning reel!

A quick internet search reveals that there are a multitude of options for water sports in Lake Tahoe. Aside from sea kayaking and stand up paddle boards, there are other sea boat options such as guided cruises, jet ski rentals, and even parasailing for the really insane, I mean, “adventurous” ones. There are also numerous events to see, such as sailboat races and a wooden boat show.

In addition to updating your boat registration, there are other tips for boating in Lake Tahoe. For example, make sure you have all of the safety equipment for seriously big water on your boat. It looks like a coast guard is even present there. With so many water sports available, watch out for other watercraft and share the water responsibly.

And what’s the use of Lake Tahoe boating tips without a fishing report letting you know where to go boating? When I’m on a boat, I have to fish. From the reports I read, it appears that Tahoe sea boats have the ability to hunt deep cold water species such as kokanee (landlocked) salmon and lake trout, which locals may refer to as mackinaw trout. In the fishing shops or marinas, you can even hear these fish, known for short as “Kokes” and “Macs”. You can also try catching a rainbow and brown trout while kayaking in Lake Tahoe, or it is worth renting a charter boat to learn some of the time-saving techniques, baits, and locations first.

Although winter is almost here, there is still time to go Lake Tahoe boating while in the area. And it looks like there’s something for everyone. Have you experienced Lake Tahoe boating?

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.