Posted on August 12, 2013
Today’s journey via kayak starts in Tahoe City, CA, and paddles to Kings Beach, where we left off in the last post.
I’m not worried about paddling in order clockwise or anything like that in order to achieve the full circumnavigate goal. I’m fortunate to live close enough to just drive up to the lake when I have free time to do another section. I have seen several websites dedicated to a full camping adventure via kayak around the lake. And, I have noticed that several attempts failed for one reason or another because of the length, weather and access. I’m hoping that I get to all of my sections before the summer is over and I would have to contend with snow. Wish me luck!
I really like the Lake Tahoe Water Trail website that I mentioned in the first post. There is a lot of useful information and great maps. Here’s the full view of Lake Tahoe:
On the website, the map highlights sections for suggested routes but I am finding that the logistics for what I am trying to accomplish doesn’t work to use their day trips. I do like the information that is available about parking and boat ramps. Good stuff. And, I also think it’s funny that Lake Tahoe looks like a foot with weird shaped toes.
After lunch, the wind picked up and the paddling was pretty choppy. Carnelian Bay is a great place to visit on Tahoe so everyone was there, in a boat, kayak or on a paddle board. It was crowded in the water. I have a horrible video that I am opting to not post but it makes you seasick to watch it and there are boats buzzing by everywhere. That tells you how the rest of the afternoon went for this trip. I had a headache when we brought our kayaks into the truck and my paddle buddy felt worse that I did. We accomplished 9.2 miles of headwind kayaking and we looked like it.
And, last but not least, I found a dead balloon floating in the water. I thought it was the right thing to do by scooping it up and throwing it in the trash. And, it reminded me of a blog post from someone else who does the same … if you get a chance, go check out windagainstcurrent.com. These kayakers know their stuff and seem to catch a lot of balloons along the way.
Posted on July 21, 2013
One of my goals for this summer is to circumnavigate Lake Tahoe by kayak with a friend of mine. It is about 72 miles and something many people do every year either by camping along the shores or breaking into multi-day segments. My plan is to split the adventure into at least six (maybe seven) day trips and share it with you through my camera.
If you would like to know more about Lake Tahoe and the water trails, access points, etc, please click HERE for more information.
You may also notice a Tahoe Keeper sticker on my kayak in many of the photos and videos. Lake Tahoe’s water brags a 99% clarity and one the best ways to maintain that is to keep invasive aquatic species out of the water. All boats are inspected prior to launch in Tahoe and even kayaks can spread pollutants. Please click HERE for information on the Tahoe Keeper program and how you can get a sticker for free, too.
This is one of my favorite pictures that shows almost all of Lake Tahoe so you can see the full lake. I took this last summer from the Tahoe Rim Trail and hiked 14 miles to see the view. This is from Snow Peak facing West and shows the full beauty of the mountains in the Sierra.
Now, for some kayaking … we put in our boats at Sand Harbor State Park and paddled north through Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Stateline Point and the day’s destination, Kings Beach. It was a peak Saturday with temperatures in the high 90s at the lake so it was a busy beach day.
When I’m done with my trip around the lake, I am going to put together a video with snippets from the paddle trip and post it all together. What do you think so far?