Splish! Splash! Five ways to ride the waves in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a summer-lovers dream. Experience the largest alpine lake in North America with a thrilling water adventure. Here are my five favorite ways to ride the waves.

  1. Cruises

Departing from Zephyr Cove in South Lake Tahoe, the M.S. Dixie is Tahoe’s largest cruising vessel with a route around Emerald Bay during the day for a Daytime Scenic Cruise. Enjoy Sipping at Sundown aboard the Tahoe Paradise, the area’s newest sunset yacht cruise with live music, tapas and specialty cocktails. Step back in time and board Cruise Tahoe, a 21-passenger high-speed cruiser built entirely of wood that is the only cruise with excursions to the historic Thunderbird Lodge. For an intimate experience, surprise your favorite person with Tahoe Amore, a scenic Venetian gondola cruise through Tahoe Keys Marina. While aboard these ventures, you might event catch a glimpse of the lake-dwelling creature, Tahoe Tessie. zepyhrcove.com; cruisetahoe.com; tahoeamore.com

  1. Party Boat

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Located at the Tahoe Keys Marina, the Tahoe Sports Party Boat is the perfect rental for an event you absolutely want to make memorable. Known for company retreats, receptions and bachelor/bachelorette parties, The Party Boat offers full-service catering for up to 49 guests. A common party plan includes a cruise around the lake with stops at the Beacon, Chambers Landing and Gar Woods. tahoesports.com

  1. Parasailing

With Tahoe Sports you can see the shore from above while parasailing at 200, 350 and 500 feet. Sign up to be towed from a U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel. Strapped to a parachute with views of the entire lake including sights of the slopes, this is one of the most exhilarating experiences on earth. Take the chance to gain a whole new appreciation for Lake Tahoe while floating high in the sky. tahoesports.com

  1. Fishing

Family owned and operated since the early 1950s, Tahoe Sport Fishing Co. touts the largest fleet in Tahoe for all your fishing adventures. Catch a mackinaw in the deep water of Tahoe or spend the day closer to the shore hooking rainbow trout. Join a public charter with six-to-eight people or schedule a private experience for you and five of your friends. Whether you join a crew in the morning or afternoon, learn how to catch your dinner and enjoy the true taste of Tahoe. tahoesportfishing.com

  1. Jet Skiing

Fun for the family or an adventurous date, book a day with Tahoe Sports Jet Ski rentals. Take off from Emerald Bay with an expert tour guide or skim the wind-made waves in an independent exploration of Lake Tahoe. Whether you ride out early to catch the morning glass and scenic views or kick it up a notch and jump the prop wash off boat charters later in the day, you can’t go wrong creating your own Tahoe Jet Ski experience. tahoesports.com

High altitude fun in the sun requires a little bit of planning, a lot of sunscreen and hydration. While you’re out enjoying these extreme water sports, be sure to keep your camera ready just in case you catch Tahoe Tessie riding one of your waves.


By: Kylie Rowe