Lake Tahoe Summer Activities

During the summer, the lake is popular for water sports and beach activities. 

The two cities most identified with the Lake Tahoe tourist area are South Lake Tahoe, California and the smaller Stateline, Nevada; smaller centers on the northern shoreline include Tahoe City and Kings Beach.

Boating, the primary activity in Tahoe in the summer, is known worldwide. There are lakefront restaurants all over the Lake, most equipped with docks and buoys. There are all sorts of boating events, such as sailboat racing, firework shows over the lake, guided cruises, and more. Lake Tahoe also has its own Coast Guard.

Water Sports

Lake Tahoe Marinas:

  • Camp Richardson
  • Homewood High and Dry Marina
  • Lakeside
  • Sierra Boat Company 
  • Ski Run Marina 
  • Tahoe City Marina 
  • Tahoe Keys Marina
  • Timber Cove Marina

Lake Tahoe Cruises:

  •  M.S. Dixie
  • Tahoe Gal
  • Tahoe Queen

Hiking & Mountain Biking

There are hundreds of hiking/mountain biking trails all around the lake. They range in size, length, difficulty, and popularity. One of the most famous of Tahoe's trails is the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165 mile trail that circumnavigates the lake.

Mountain biking at Lake Tahoe is not a just a sport, it's a lifestyle! Bike paths, dirt roads, single tracks and bike parks abound around the lake. There are many scenic and mellow rides and plenty of steep, rocky precipices in the mountains. Some ski resorts have bike parks where you can buy a lift ticket, "ride" effortlessly to the summit and then careen your way down dusty ski trails. There are even companies that offer guided backcountry tours ranging from hours to days. 

Many fine bike shops around the lake offer rentals, demos and sales. These shops are great resources for expert tips, local lore, trail maps, guide books, accessories and repairs.