I’m going to be firing up the South Tahoe Standup Paddle blog this year. Of course, while spring is a great time to paddle, we’re all looking forward to summer. In anticipation of the warm season, I’m going to be posting a weekly series on great places to paddle along with news from the shop. Hopefully, these posts will get you pumped to get out there.
From surfing in Hawaii to paddling whitewater on Wyoming’s Snake River, I’ve been fortunate to explore quite a few awesome bodies of water. Of course, none are as spectacular as our home and the topic of our first post, Lake Tahoe.
What I love about spring in Lake Tahoe are the many channels that start to fill in. Along the South Shore, spots like the Taylor Creek Marsh and the Upper Truckee Marsh become mazes of streams, ponds and beaver dams. Speaking of the big-toothed rodents, they’re easily seen this time of year.
Out on the lake, the water is calm. Most of Tahoe’s boating crowd has yet to launch. Even on a Sunday, it’s possible to snag some alone time with Emerald Bay. The rest of the southwest shore is also a ghost town, except for the bald eagles soaring along the ridges. I stopped by Vikingsholm last week and wandered the grounds all by myself.
Though it’s too early to swim, bare feet are manageable while paddling. For longer trips, 3- or 6-milimeter booties are great. Flotation is a must.
Also in the spring, the lake’s brilliant blue seems to put on its best display. The water is so clear you can see your shadow on the bottom 60 feet below. I paddled over the sunken barges in Emerald Bay and could clearly view the entire hull, splintering timbers and mostly gone deck.
Without a doubt, Lake Tahoe is an awesome place to paddle. I look forward to getting out there more as it warms up. Please feel free to share your memorable paddles, cool destinations or news on our Facebook page or by emailing me at Dylan@southtahoesup.com.
See you on the lake,