stand up paddleboarding

Stand Up (SUP) and Prone Paddleboarding has exploded as a popular human-powered sport across the crystal clear waters of North Lake Tahoe.

Stand Up Paddling and Prone Paddleboarding can be enjoyed by anyone, at pretty much any ability. It’s basic – you stand on a giant surf board and glide along with a single paddle.  Or you lay face down on the board and paddle with your arms. The sport can be a serene experience as you glide by magnificent granite boulders peering into the clear depths of Lake Tahoe, or it can be as physically challenging as you want, working out every muscle as you trim and tone.

People are practically living on paddleboards. They take their dogs and kids on them. They do yoga on them. Personal trainers use them to help clients balance and develop core strength. And, of course, people compete on them.

Stand Up and Prone Paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water and experience Tahoe. Scroll down for rentals, lessons, paddle events and tours available throughout the area and get out…get on, and find out why Lake Tahoe is considered the largest, most beautiful flat water paddle venue in the country.




Here are some great videos to get you in the mood... get on the lake!

2014 Fall Classic SUP Race from Destination Media Solutions on Vimeo.


 Check out the Lake Tahoe Water Trail

As the only paddling source for Lake Tahoe, visitors can find public launch/landing sites, planned paddle routes, shoreline businesses, cultural and natural attractions, navigation tools, and water safety and AIS prevention tips on the website,, and the printed Water Trail Map & Guide, and Day Trip Maps. The seven Day Trip Maps include paddle itineraries that fit ability and curiosity levels, with details about parking, on-site facilities and amenities, as well as public beach access to nearby hiking trails, restaurants, paddle shops, historic sites, lodging and campgrounds.

Every mountain mariner, non-motorized and motorized, should own a Lake Tahoe Water Trail Map & Guide to navigate our water world.  Waterproof and tearproof, this large (24” x 37”) 4-color map includes underwater and land topography, latitude/longitude coordinates, GPS waypoints, and a detailed listing of shoreline services and points of interest for Lake Tahoe  to help you have a safe and fun adventure.  You can purchase the Map & Guide at the Tahoe City and Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitor Centers. 


Paddle Associations and Organizations


Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association
The mission of the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association (LTPA) is to promote,  support and provide paddleboarding events and activities on Lake Tahoe,  Donner Lake and other High Sierra lakes. Proceeds from the paddleboard and stand-up paddleboard race events benefit local aquatic clubs and non-motorized water sport recreation programs in the Tahoe-Truckee area.

World Paddle Association
Dedicated to the future of Stand Up Paddleboard Sports

Lake Tahoe Water Trail
An organization dedicated to paddling with group events, outreach and education. Click on their website for a map and information.

Rentals /Sales/Lessons/Tours


Tahoe Paddle & Oar: rent & sell, Kings Beach

Adrift Tahoe: rentals, lessons, sales, Kings Beach

Tahoe Adventure Company: rentals, group lessons and guided tours, Tahoe Vista

Tahoe Eco Sports: rentals, lessons, Kings Beach 

Tahoe City Kayak: rentals, Tahoe City

Waterman's Landing: rentals, beach café, Carnelian Bay

West Shore Sports: rentals, sales, Homewood

Any Mountain: rentals, sales, Tahoe City

Action Water Sports: sales, rentals, Incline Village, NV

Willards Sports: sales, rentals, Tahoe City

Sand Harbor State Park: rentals, Incline Village, NV




Tahoe SUP
The only company specifically building boards for flat-water touring on calmer ocean waters, harbors, lakes and rivers. Founded by Nate Brouwer as he paddled across Tahoe in the evenings and found that his board sucked. He decided to make a great board for flat water touring, whether the water was flat or not.


2015 Tahoe SUP Events


May 23: 
Donner Lake SUP Race
The first in the O'Neill SUP & Paddleboard race series. The seven mile course is open to all ages and abilities.  

June 2 and 23:
Waterman's Landing

Carnelian Bay- Free SUP clinics and race.

June 13:
Thunderbird Run

Starts at Sand Harbor State Beach. 8 Miles open to all ages and abilities

June 13:
Big Blue Waterman's Challenge

Paddle, Swim, Run. Designed for beginners as well as seasoned athletes.

July 11: 
Jam from the Dam

Tahoe City - The second in the O'Neill Tahoe Cup Race Series. 6 mile SUP & Paddleboard race.

July 14:
Waterman's Landing

Carnelian Bay - Free SUP clinics and race.

August 4 and 25:
Waterman's Landing

Carnelian Bay- Free SUP clinics and race.

August 14-16:
Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Race

Kings Beach - The longest running, largest SUP, prone paddleboard and OC-1 race series in the country.

September 13:
Tahoe Fall Classic SUP & Paddleboard Race

North Lake Tahoe Ukulele Festival
Kings Beach - This is the final race in the O'Neill Tahoe SUP and Paddleboard Race series.  This year the 22 miler SUP & paddleboard race begins in South Lake Tahoe and ends in Kings Beach.  With the addition of the North Lake Tahoe Ukulele Festival and Retreat, the party will get off to a roaring start. Both race and ukefest is open to all ages, abilities and styles.


Ongoing Events


Adrift Tahoe:
Weekly series including SUP Yoga, fun race series. Thursday nights starting June 30: for a small entry fee experience WOW ~ Women on Water, Beach & Board Fitness.



Check out the beauty shots of paddling Lake Tahoe

Adrift Tahoe

Tahoe Paddle and Oar, Kings Beach

Ta-Hoe Nalu  

2014 Jam from the Dam Video


Check out this amazing drone footage:

Donner SUP shortv3-Large web movie from Mitchell - eMedia Studios - VREN on Vimeo.