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Lake Tahoe Boating and Cruises

General Boating Information

Lake Tahoe is even more spectacular from the water. Launch your own boat, charter a yacht or go on a lake cruise for views of Lake Tahoe you can’t get from shore.

One great thing about seeing Lake Tahoe by boat is being able to see some beautiful architecture and areas of the lake not accessible by land. You might even recognize a few views of the lake made famous as scenes filmed in The Godfather.

The Complete Guide to Boating Lake Tahoe is an online resource for current information on regulations, services and facilities.

Be aware that all boats being launched on Lake Tahoe must be inspected for invasive species before launch and decontaminated if necessary. See the Tahoe Boat Inspection site,, for details on inspection sites, fees and regulations.

Also note that there is a ban on two-stroke motors on Lake Tahoe, with fines for violations.

Slips are a precious commodity and generally not available except for full-season rentals. Even then, waiting lists are often backed up for years.


There are several marinas around the lake, including Tahoe City Marina which is right in the center of town if you want to be close to the action, with easy access to restaurants, shopping and full services, including boat rental.

Boat Launching

There are many launch ramps available around the lake. During low-water years, some ramps are not usable except for the smallest boats.

Listed below are facilities that offer forklift or travel-lift launching.

  • Incline Village issues launch permits to residents, renters or homeowner association guests.
  • Lake Forest Boat Ramp is next to the Coast Guard Station in Tahoe City. Launch fee $10.
  • Coon Street Launch Ramp in Kings Beach. Launch fee $10. Daily parking fee $10.
  • Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and Boat Launch $5 launch fee, $7 daily parking.
  • Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, 6 miles south of Tahoe City. Launch Fee $12 one way, $20 round trip (same day). Season pass $250.
  • Meek’s Bay Marina is 10 miles south of Tahoe City. Launch fees are $15 one way, $25 round-trip.
  • Cave Rock Launch Ramp.  Launch Fee $17. Located on Highway 50, three miles south of Glenbrook.
  • El Dorado Boat Ramp is operated by City Parks and Recreation in South Lake Tahoe. Day use fee $13, annual pass $125.
  • Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe is the largest marina on the lake. $35 launch fee, $600 season pass.
  • Boat Rentals

    Nearly any kind of small watercraft can be rented on the lake, including canoes, kayaks, personal watercraft, ski boats and sail boats. Check here for Lake Tahoe boat rentals.

    Lake Tahoe Charter Boats & Cruises

    The most luxurious way to see the lake is to charter a yacht with a captain.[] Most of the fishing charter boats will also do tours. Some spectacular boats are available. And don’t forget the paddle-wheeler for a taste of the 1800s. The Captain will provide an interesting look at the history of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas. We also recommend a moonlight tour for brilliant stargazing.

    For corporate getaways, taking your guests on a fishing or sightseeing cruise of Lake Tahoe is sure to make a lasting impression.

    Seeing Lake Tahoe from the water is a unique experience, whether you paddle a kayak or charter a sailing catamaran. Have a great cruise and come ashore to the perfect home port away from home with a vacation rental from Goldfish Properties.

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