Lake Tahoe has over 60 tributaries. None of them are better for paddling than Taylor Creek. Particularly in the spring when the maze of waterways is brimming, physician the marsh is a beautiful place to explore.
From Kiva Beach, you can launch into the lagoon and paddle upstream. A few small rapids prevent paddlers from going too far, but it’s still a fun and somewhat technical zone to maneuver a 12- or 14-footer. The channels are narrow and the water is ridiculously clear.
In the lagoons, there’s lots of wildlife. I like to watch the giant tadpoles stampede through the lily pads. Much of the land around the marsh is bald eagle habitat and home to quite a few ospreys. Every once in a while, you can see large brown trout cruising the stream and, of course, in the fall the salmon make their way through.
Paddle season is really kicking off. South Tahoe Standup has a nice new kiosk at Lakeview Commons (El Dorado Beach). For another incredible year, the race series launches this Wednesday. Good luck to everyone! Also, join us for Ladies Night each Monday through the summer. The shop will be open regular hours and rentals will be available.
The first event in the O’Neill Tahoe Cup, the Donner Lake SUP & Paddleboard Race took place over the weekend. South Tahoe SUP was well represented and, of course, landed on several podiums. It was great to see the youngsters paddling hard. And a big congratulations to all who finished.
As always, we’d love to hear your comments, questions or standup stories on our Facebook page or feel free to email me at Dylan@southtahoesup.com.