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Paddleboarding in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is blessed with some of the clearest waters around. Due to the lack of rivers flowing into the lake (which normally would leave deposits, muddying the cleanliness of the water), sometimes you can see up to 75 ft to the bottom of the lake!

We looked for a dog-friendly paddleboard rental on the north side of the lake, and found Waterman’s Landing, just a short drive away from our stay at the Ritz Carlton. The concierge at the Ritz were kind enough to set up a ride and paddleboarding reservation for us and the pups!

Having never gone stand up paddleboarding before, I was pretty nervous we were going to fall right into the brisk 57° water.

Chibi kept waddling back and forth on the board when we first got on which made it super hard for me to balance. Pro tip: keep your dog between your legs in front of you before you stand up! Eventually I was able to get up and start paddling towards the middle of the lake.

The beach where we departed from was totally dog friendly, and there were plenty of other dogs playing fetch in the lake. One even swam over to say hi to Kokoro and Chibi as we approached shore.

Just like when we went kayaking, Chibi couldn’t wait to get into the water. She kept jumping off the paddleboard and swimming next to me, sometimes pulling me behind her with her little legs doggy-paddling.

There are so many activities you can try out near the lake aside from stand up paddleboarding. If only we had more time to check out horseback riding, skydiving, or even altitude diving in the lake!

For this trip, the pups had an amazing time and we had a successful first SUP experience. The lake was so still, there was barely a chance that we would fall in! Thank you to the Ritz Carlton for setting us up. If you ever have the chance to experience Lake Tahoe, put paddleboarding on the top of your list!

Emily is a Los Angeles based content creator with a passion for photography, videography, and storytelling. Through @emwng, you'll find photos and videos of people, places, delicious food, and of course, her two fluffy sidekicks Kokoro and Chibi.


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