Photographing sunsets is a favorite Tahoe activity. PHOTO BY MIKE EADINGTON
South Lake Tahoe’s network of paths includes fun rides to several beaches. Incline Village’s path to Sand Harbor and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park has stunning views and passes several small coves. Tahoe City is the center of over 19 miles of connected bike path, including the popular route along the Truckee River to Squaw Valley and the 12mile journey down the West Shore to Sugar Pine Point State Park and Meeks Bay. Truckee’s network of paths includes the Legacy Trail, a 4.4-mile ride along the Truckee River.
In spring and fall, a number of migratory birds linger in this region. The larger wetlands of the Upper Truckee River, Carson Valley and Little Truckee host a wide variety of species. Year around, look to the sky for osprey, red-tail hawk and the occasional bald eagle. Or have mountain chickadee eating out of your hand on “chickadee ridge,” a short hike east of Nevada Highway 431 in Tahoe Meadows.
[Also– Rentals, charters, launching, parasailing] Boat rentals and launching, jet ski, kayak and paddle-board rentals are available at marinas surrounding Lake Tahoe, including in Tahoe City, Sunnyside, Homewood, Tahoe Keys, Ski Run and Tahoe Vista. Water sports rentals are also found near many hotels and lakefront restaurants, including the Beacon in South Lake Tahoe, Hyatt Regency in Incline Village and in Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Parasailing is available on both North and South Shores. Pay attention to weather forecasts and wind direction before taking any boating trip on Tahoe. And it is not advised to dive headfirst into the middle of Lake Tahoe from a boat, even on a hot summer day, as the water just four feet down might be 40 degrees F colder than the air. If you’d rather experience Lake Tahoe from the comfort of a cruise boat, the M.S. Dixie in Zephyr Cove and Tahoe Gal in Tahoe City depart daily. Sailing charters are available in Tahoe City, Tahoe Keys and on the Sierra Cloud catamaran at Hyatt beach, Incline Village. SUMMER /FALL 2021 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide 31