Lake Tahoe is one of those special bodies of water that makes you fall in love with her the first time you set eyes upon her azure glistening surface. The elegant framing done by the Sierra Mountains, the contrast of the emerald green water and snow-capped peaks draw many to her, some never to leave.
Lake Tahoe mesmerizes. And in return she gives a feeling of serenity, peace and a deep appreciation for the beauty of Mother Nature. Time on her sublime surface is just good for the soul.
With spring here and summer just around the corner, I thought it timely to discuss what you need to know for getting out on Lake Tahoe. Keep reading to learn about where to go, what to do and where to enjoy her presence even more.
It's also possible to rent slips at some of the marinas. Prices start out around $2,000 a month, but they offer premium service.
Where are the on-the-lake gas stations?
Most of the marinas offer gas options on the lake, though prices are expensive. Expect to find gas prices at a minimum of $6 a gallon.
What if I don't own a boat. Can I rent one?
A stupendous aspect of Lake Tahoe is the various places to rent motor boats. The majority of the marinas have options as well as high-end services that will meet you and even provide a boat captain if needed.
Are there any rules and regulations to boating on Lake Tahoe?
There are definitely some rules of the road (or waves in this case) when it comes to boating on Lake Tahoe. One that is being more tightly implemented is the no-wake policy that requires that no wakes be created by boats within 600 feet of the shoreline or 100 feet of a swimmer or boater. In these cases, boats must remain slower than 5 miles per hour. To learn about other regulations, please check out our article, Lake Tahoe Boating Rules and Regulations.
Are there restaurants with boat valet services?
One of the most pleasing aspects of Lake Tahoe are the restaurants that offer valet boat service, giving you access to gourmet dining via your boat. You truly can't get any better than that. There are four main restaurants that offer this service, each providing its own unique atmosphere and ambiance. Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge (also home to the marina) is a fantastic option for those who can't decide if they want to go for burger and fries or take it up a notch with a delectable surf and turf dish. Sunnyside covers all the bases with their two restaurants offered under one roof. Gar Woods Grill & Pier is most definitely a favorite for locals and visitors, not only because of their scrumptious dishes, but also for their internationally renowned frozen rum cocktail, the Wet Woody. West Shore Cafe, located across from Homewood, provides exceptional food, incredible service and a level of classiness that is hard to compare. Last, but most certainly not least, Chambers Landing is the oldest bar on Lake Tahoe. They are a fabulous option for the entire family with an all-ages menu and a kid's menu for the little ones.