After the summer sneak peak last week, temperatures will drop to the mid- to high 40s with lows below freezing. Winds are expected to jump in the afternoons, but you might be able to score some glass, if you’re an early riser. The best paddling days look like they’ll be Friday and Saturday mornings this week.
You know the busy season is on its way when the paint buckets and rollers come out. Jared, Janessa and Jenna slapped a new coat on the floor last week. We want the shop to sparkle, especially with the brand new 2015 boards.
We’ve had some questions here about the low lake level and what it means for standup paddling. While it does pose some challenges, the low water doesn’t make it impossible to launch or land boards on the beach. Many South Shore spots are still deep enough to paddle all the way to the shoreline. At Regan, you can walk out about 50 feet and start paddling. Lakeview Commons is a little further, but not much. At Camp Richardson, you can paddle off the beach. Chris talked about it and the upcoming Wednesday night SUP series in an interview with Lake Tahoe News Line.
That brings up some great news. The U.S. Forest Service will be opening some of our favorite summer spots early. They announced last week that Kiva Beach will open April 1. This will provide easy access for paddlers who want to explore Emerald Bay or the West Shore. A list of other opening dates is available on the Forest Service’s website.
If you have any questions about paddling on Lake Tahoe or if you’re looking for gear, come by and see us at the shop. We’re open every day. If somebody isn’t in the front shop, give us a ring at 530-416-4829. You can also reach us on our Facebook page. And make sure to follow South Tahoe Standup Paddle and Race the Lake of the Sky on Instagram. Current conditions on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore are always available on our webcam. We hope you have a fantastic week out there.