Jake’s 20th Annual Charity Fishing Derby Competition is on Lake Tahoe from one hour before sunrise to “High Noon” June 2nd. Prize money is awarded to anglers who reel in the largest Mackinaw $1000, $500 German Brown, and $250 Rainbow Trout. $50 fee includes Derby Entry, T-shirt, Raffle, and a Buffet Brunch. Proceeds to go to Mike Kise Medical Relief, and Tahoe Safe Alliance. Contestants must pre-register in Tahoe City California atJake’s On The Lake or Pete ‘N Peters Tavern by 5pm June 1st. For more information, Rules and Regulations visit online.
Big Blue Adventure’s Adventure Sports Week
This June Big Blue Adventure is proud to present Adventure Sports Week – 10 days of competition, clinics, learn to ride-run-swim, festivities-film-music, and activities for all ages.
Now until June 21, Tahoe Sailing Charters offers ½ OFF SPRING SPECIAL discounts on all cruises except for Memorial weekend & Saturdays and 20% OFF Private Charters. The “Tahoe Cruz” sails daily from the Tahoe City Marina located at 700 North Lake Blvd. on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. For reservations and more information, visit the office at the Tahoe City Marina or visit online.
Adventure Sports Week Tahoe is back! Take note those who appreciate clean air, clean water, scenic single track and an elevated heart rate.
Challenge yourself June 21-30 in one of many competitive events including trail running, mountain biking, triathlon, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. Then relax in the evening while exploring North Lake Tahoe’s communities and mountain village. Catch a live concert by the lake, or bring the whole family out for a movie on the beach.
Sometime about the 200th run down the mountain, it hits you: I think I need a break. Luckily, you are in North Lake Tahoe, with many ways to spend your “day-off.”
Eat. North Lake Tahoe has roughly 36 miles of shoreline stretching from Incline Village in Nevada to Tahoma on the West Shore, with more than 100 restaurants in between. Every imaginable cuisine? Check. Romantic lake views? Check. Hipster hangouts? Got ‘em.
Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Sledding Sugar Pine Point State Park and Meeks Bay, Explore 18.7 kilometers of groomed Nature Trails through the forest and along the lake. This is a great way to take in views of the lake and experience historic trails of the 1960’s Olympics.
Outdoor Activities Paddle the lake… An amazing time of year to get out on the lake at Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay. They rent out paddleboards year round, but don’t worry, there is a wonderful café to warm your bones upon your return!
Go play in the snow at North Tahoe Regional Park – off National Ave in Tahoe Vista. With captivating views and groomed hills, this facility has been a favorite of snow play lovers for decades. Snowmobiling is also available at the park.
Take in a View of the Lake Soak up the view at Kings Beach State Park. This is a lakefront park with a playground, picnic areas and room to play all day.
Sand Harbor has some of the most wonderful Lake Tahoe Views. Sand Harbor can’t be missed!
Here’s a list of things to see in North Lake Tahoe:
The Gatekeeper’s Cabin is home of the North Lake Tahoe Historic Society museum and located adjacent to the Truckee River outlet dam in Tahoe City. Go check out the Ursus Among Us, The American Black Bear in the Tahoe Basin exhibit.
Fanny Bridge, just south of the intersection of Highways 89 & 28, at the traffic light in Tahoe City. In summer people bending over the rail of the bridge to watch trout frolic below Lake Tahoe’s only outlet, the Truckee River, gives the bridge its name.
Tahoe Maritime Museum, This museum gives insight into Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history. Step back to the time when grand steam-ships and gleaming wood boats plied the waters of the lake.
Head over to UC Davis Education Center in Incline and discover what makes Lake Tahoe so unique. Guided tours include a virtual research vessel, virtual laboratory and green building tour. See the new 3-D movie “Lake Tahoe in Depth”.
Cal-Neva Lodge Take a tour on this historic property from 1936 thru the early 1960’s at which time Frank Sinatra owned the lodge and hosted his Rat Pack buddies, Marilyn Monroe and other infamous characters.
Lend a Hand The community comes together Saturday, June 2 for the annual Bay-to-Bay Clean Up. Volunteers are needed to pick up trash and help spruce up the towns of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay. Registration check-in begins at 9 a.m. All participants are invited to a special party afterwards, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the North Tahoe Beach Pavilion (across from Safeway) in Kings Beach.
Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s 20th Annual National Trails Day also Saturday, June 2 by volunteering to build trail on the famed 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, via the association’s guided hike or simply by taking your own excursion. Popular North Shore routes include Brockway Summit off Highway 267 just outside of Kings Beach and Tahoe Meadows off Mt. Rose, Highway 431, near Incline Village. There is also a trailhead in Tahoe City off Fairway Drive.
Sport North Lake Tahoe Woodward Tahoe, located at Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit, hosts a grand opening celebration Saturday, June 9 for professional and amateur athletes to skate and ride the newest action sports training facility on the West Coast. Top athletes stopping by to check out the new compound include freeskier Tanner Hall and BMX rider Ryan Nyquist. This is a great spectator event.
North Lake Tahoe capitalizes on its famed natural terrain by hosting the 2nd Annual Adventure Sports Week Tahoe Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 24. Competitive events range from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming. The 10-day event also hosts clinics taught by world-class athletes, live concerts and fun and games for children.
Paddle Big Blue at the Thunderbird Run Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m., at Sand Harbor State Park just outside of Incline Village. This 8-mile loop will challenge paddleboard enthusiasts with a scenic course along the East Shore.
Adventure Sports Week Tahoe invites outdoor enthusiasts to take part in all things human powered. With competitive events ranging from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming – all of which highlight Tahoe’s scenic beauty.
According to Event Director Todd Jackson of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, in addition to the sporting events, designed for the beginner to the professional, the 10-day festivities will also include clinics hosted by world-class athletes and Lake Tahoe locals who know area trails firsthand. Each night of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe will wrap up with a variety of activities, including live concerts, outdoor movies and dinner on the lake. There’s even a kid-friendly component with fun and games geared for little ones.
For more information about Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, a complete calendar of events, photos, videos and volunteer opportunities, as well as to register and get connected via social media channels, click here.
So you’ve taken time off work and booked a trip to Tahoe this winter. Check item #1 off your list. Now you’ve got an entirely different task ahead: figure out how much you can pack into your trip to make it the best ever. We could come up with a thousand things to do, but that’s what GoTahoeNorth.com is all about.
Here are some tips from fans of North Lake Tahoe on the can’t-miss, must-do, make-plans-to-enjoy things you should add to your list.
Dog Sledding(from Alena S.). Truly an experience to remember (trust us, we cherish our memory). Wilderness Adventures has hour-long tours through the Squaw Valley Meadow, between the ski resort and Resort at Squaw Creek. The guide leads a team of 8-10 huskies with a four-person sled.
Hang loose and enjoy (from Richard A.). North Lake Tahoe is definitely built for relaxation. In the winter you can still hang out on beaches and enjoy the serenity of the lake. Or, enjoy a hot beverage and the company of friends at any of the area’s watering holes, coffee houses, lodges or villages. There’s never a shortage of warm fires and great views at Tahoe.
Paddleboard Lake Tahoe on a Bluebird Day (Andy C.). This may seem a little crazy, but if you throw on a wetsuit and try really hard not to fall in, it could turn out to be your best day on the lake, ever. Consider this, in the winter there are far fewer boats on the water, making it like glass on a calm, sunny day. There’s nothing but you on a board paddling across a blue expanse and surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Paints a picture, doesn’t it? Check out this post for details on where to rent a SUP for the day.
Rent a cabin(from Jodi S.). Definitely a cozy way to experience Tahoe and maintain that homey feel. Cabins in the area range in price and size and have a variety of amenities from ski-in/ski-out to pet friendly, lakefront views, hot tubs and more.
Visit The Center for Environmental Sciences, Sierra Nevada College (from Diane M.). Open Tuesday – Friday from 1 – 5 p.m., you can tour the center and learn about Lake Tahoe’s ecology, see research in action, fly through a 3D model of Lake Tahoe and dive under the water, and also learn about the building’s sustainable design.
August 9 at Lake Tahoe kicks off a four-day training session for two adaptive athletes on an adventure that culminates in a January 17, 2012 arrival at the South Pole. While they’ll be heading towards the Pole in a small group with just guides and a documentary team, they’re looking for a virtual “armada” of paddlers to join them in their Tahoe training, either paddling along or cheering from shore as the wrap up each leg.
As part of rigorous training for a 100-mile journey across the Antarctic landscape – all of which will be professionally filmed – Lake Tahoe residents and spinal cord-injury athletes John Davis, a two-time Paralympics gold medalist, and Grant Korgan, a world-class kayaker and adventurer, are set to kayak approximately 50 miles in 4 days following the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. Seasoned guides Doug Stoup and Tal Fletcher of Lake Tahoe will accompany Davis and Korgan on stand up paddleboards.
Davis rates paddling Lake Tahoe as a soulful experience. “You’re completely surrounded by snowcapped peaks while sitting atop tranquil waters so clear that you can literally see 75 feet down. But the lake also makes for a fantastic cross-training venue as we’ll be paddling approximately 96,800 paddle strokes, just more than half the 176,174 pole pushes required to trek 100 miles across the frozen landscape to the South Pole.”
“The Push” expedition team encourages the public to join the paddle, whether it be for an hour or day, creating a human-powered armada to follow and cheer on the team via kayaks and stand up paddleboards. According to Korgan, “With this Lake Tahoe paddle training event, as well as the overall mission of ‘The Push,’ we hope to inspire people of all walks of life that they too can achieve the seemingly insurmountable. We encourage them to push their own everyday limits and live up to their ultimate potential.”
If you’d like to paddle along or cheer from the shore, here’s the rough schedule of events:
Tuesday, August 9, 10 miles
6 a.m.: Launch from Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe paddling clockwise 7 miles to Carnelian Bay, California.
Approx. Noon: “The Push” team will land at a lakefront estate for a private lunch and presentation. Any paddling spectators can head on to Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay for a light lunch.
“The Push” team then paddles to Waterman’s Landing for a quick stop before continuing onto Tahoe Vista, California, completing leg one
Approx. 5 p.m.: Arrive at Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort. One of the most festive days of the trip, this landing is open to the public and will include live music, along with free stand up paddleboard and kayak rentals and demonstrations.
Wednesday, August 10, 16 miles
8 a.m.: Departing Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort and paddle 16 miles along the North Shore to camp lakeside on Nevada’s East Shore.
Thursday, August 11, 12 miles
Paddle from East Shore clockwise along the lake to a campground located on Tahoe’s West Shore
Friday, August 12, 12 miles
Depart early morning and paddle to the historic Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point on the West Shore, 10 miles south of Tahoe City
Noon: Picnic lunch at Ehrman Mansion, then continue on to Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge
Approx. 6 p.m.: Arrive at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge. Another great spectator and cheering opportunity.
“The Push” Lake Tahoe Paddle Event is the second training event for the athletes, who visited Norway’s Svalbard arctic archipelago this past spring. A third filmed training session hits the ice in South America this September, with a final training event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert this October. “The Push” is targeting a documentary film release for summer/fall of 2012. Follow the journey of “The Push.”
“The Push” is in support of the High Fives Foundation, a California-based non-profit organization whose mission is to help winter athletes suffering life-altering injuries get back on their feet, and ideally, get back to their sport.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) at Tahoe isn’t just another activity. It’s a lifestyle.
This is the fourth in a series of four blogs highlighting all that’s SUP at Tahoe. Read one, two and three.
They say invention is the mother of necessity. For Nate Brouwer it was the opposite. After numerous sunset paddles across Tahoe in the company of his dog Stella he figured out that his board sucked. His impulse to design the perfect SUP for flat water touring, whether the water was flat or not, led to Tahoe SUP, Lake Tahoe’s premier SUP manufacturer. The addition of Tahoe SUP to the area nurtured a seed that was already planted and came at a time when SUP was taking off.
Since then, Tahoe’s SUP culture has grown, spawning numerous retailers, rental shops and events. (See blogs 1, 2 and 3 for details.) The lifestyle of SUP has enthusiasts out on the lake before and after work, on lunch breaks, or looking for jobs that can have them enjoying SUP while also getting paid. Not a bad gig if you ask us.
Others are finding that SUP incorporates movements that encourage proper breathing and balance as well as efficient and effective movement of energy through the body. Movement4Life, a Tahoe-area holistic healing outfit, includes a Paddle 4 Heath component to their rehabilitation therapies allowing clients to train their bodies on SUP while healing.
Sylvain Duclos took his yoga practice to the water as well, incorporating an SUP Yoga class into his Mountain Lotus Yoga class offerings.
Whether you’re serious about stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or just looking for a little funthere are plenty of events at Tahoe to satisfy.
This is the third in a series of four blogs highlighting all that’s SUP at Tahoe. Read the first and second.
Drawing the largest crowds, Tahoe’s “pro-am” SUP events are scattered throughout spring and summer, and heck, even winter.
One of the most well-known races is the 2011 Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Classic, August 13 – 14 launching from Kings Beach. Two days of events are for all ages and skill levels and include $25,000 in cash and prizes. New to the Ta-Hoe Nalu this summer is the Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand Up Paddleboard Experience, which invites beginners to learn how to paddle from an elite athlete and then go on a guided tour with them. A $30 fee per person includes demo board, paddle instruction, guided tour, event t-shirt and lunch ticket.
The Tahoe Cup is an annual race series sponsored by O’Neill . Events include May’s Donner Lake race along with the Jam From The Dam, July 9 and the Fall Classic, a 22-mile race from Camp Richardson along the south shore to Kings Beach, September 18. The Jam From The Dam has participants racing from Commons Beach in Tahoe City six miles to the Waterman’s Landing, a new restaurant and stand up paddleboard shop, in Carnelian Bay next to the Sierra Boat Company. Like the Ta-Hoe Nalu, it’s a great opportunity for spectators to demo equipment in a fun and festive environment. Hosted by the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association, the Tahoe Cup races are open to professional and amateur athletes.
Additional pro-am races throughout the year include the Thunderbird Run in early June and the Ta-Hoe Nalu SnowFest Arctic Paddle in early March.
For a more relaxed SUP experience at Tahoe consider the weekly SUP series events organized by Adrift Tahoe in Kings Beach. The Thursday night race series is an opportunity for amateurs to challenge each other in a fun SUP setting. The series kicks of June 30 and entry into each race is $5. Additional series events include SUP Yoga, WOW (Women on Water) and Beach & Board Fitness.
While paddling across a body of water while standing up seems challenging, it’s easier than it looks and a lot of fun. That’s what stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is all about—having fun while also enjoying a challenge.
This is the second in a series of four blogs highlighting all that’s SUP at Tahoe. Read the first here.
Whether you’re a first-timer checking out the SUP scene or a seasoned pro, getting out on Tahoe with a paddle board is easy. There is a variety of rental and retail shops around the north shore that have a great selection of equipment. Check out the list at the bottom of this post for details. They’ll fit you with a board that’s the right length and a paddle. Some shops also include a leash that you’ll strap to your ankle in case the board gets away from you. While you’ll see a lot of photos of people enjoying SUP on Tahoe without PFD’s, shops can also outfit you with those as well. (Based on experience from this blogger, it’s not a bad idea to wear a PFD if you’re just starting out or not used to Tahoe’s sometimes frigid waters. One dump into the water and you’ll be glad you wore it.)
When renting, most shops will give you brief instruction to get started. The basics are to climb onto the board and position yourself on your knees, all of this while in the water. You’ll stand up one leg at a time and balance yourself, working to keep your center of gravity low. From there grip the paddle with both hands, much the way you would for kayaking, and paddle. Again, from personal experience, going from kneeling to standing can be the hardest part. Some may find that kneeling and paddling on their first excursion is a good start.
Some Tahoe SUP rental shops also offer extended instruction, either private and hourly or in a group setting. In addition, Adrift Tahoe currently offers SUP tours. Check online at the rental locations below for details.