As with all boating on Lake Tahoe, pay attention to weather forecasts and wind direction. For information on multi-day paddles around the lake go to LakeTahoeWaterTrail.org.
Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and Old Highway 40 above Donner Lake are classic Tahoe vistas. The scenic pull-out on Nevada Highway 431 above Incline Village has gorgeous views, day or night. The Heavenly gondola provides spectacular lake vistas and Palisades Tahoe tram travels up a mountain ridge that inspired Walt Disney’s design for Frontier Land. Day trips include silver mining boomtown Virginia City, the ghost town of Bodie, and high desert landscapes around Pyramid Lake and Black Rock Desert.
Playgrounds [Also– Playing fields] South Lake Tahoe has an excellent recreation and swim center with three nearby playing fields. Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista have numerous playgrounds and play fields, both along the lakeshore and at the North Tahoe Regional Park. Tahoe City Commons Beach has a playground and lawn. In Truckee, head for Truckee River Regional Park.
River Rafting [Also– In-
ner-tubing, white-water kayaking] The relatively gentle stretch of the Truckee River between Tahoe City and River Ranch offers multi-generational rafting and tubing fun. There are two commercial rafting operations serving this stretch—book ahead. If you’re riding your own floatation, you’ll want to leave a car near River Ranch (but not in their parking lot unless you’re dining or staying there). The Truckee River below River Ranch is much more technical and dangerous, but becomes gentle again downstream in Truckee, where inner tubers launch near the junction of Highway 89 and West River Street and float to Legacy Trail Bridge or Glenshire Bridge. Portions of the upper Truckee River in Meyers are also gentle enough for inner tubers, but beware of obstacles on the way to Tahoe Keys.
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