- Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
- Dry Bags (For cameras & personal belongings)
- Snorkel Gear (If you choose to snorkel)
- A Knowledgeable, Experienced Guide
- A Genuine Tahoe Adventure
- Sandals or Soft Shoes
- High Energy Snacks
- Personal Medication (If Needed)
Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority has various launch locations depending on the Kayak tour you choose. Below is a list of our launch locations around Lake Tahoe. Drive times vary from South Lake Tahoe are listed below. Directions to each location are provided upon booking via email to ensure all client’s have a hard copy.
- Baldwin Beach – 15 min
- Sand Harbor – 25 min
- Nevada Beach – 5 min
Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority offers a broad array of Kayak Adventures of varying difficulty levels. Our adventures can range from easy to strenuous. It is very important that you choose an adventure within your own personal fitness and comfort levels. While our Kayaking tours in general are not overly exhaustive, our longer kayak tours may prove difficult for some. Please see our paddle difficulty ratings and the paddle distance information in our on our individual kayak tour pages to find a suitable tour that meets your fitness levels and capabilities.
Lake Tahoe’s weather patterns vary day to day. However, in the summer months, wind can be a factor during the afternoons. Therefore, you will find that most of our kayaking adventures are held either in the mornings or evenings. This ensures our paddlers the best paddling times when Lake Tahoe’s waters are calmer and offer for excellent photo opportunities and brilliant wildlife observing.
Due to Lake Tahoe’s rugged shorelines and lack of access, Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority utilizes launch entry points that provide easy accessibility to the water for our customers. Unfortunately, these convenient locations often come with a parking fee. Our Kayak launch locations do require a parking fee and are your responsibility. Below are this years most recent parking fees per launch location.
- Baldwin Beach $8
- Sand Harbor $10
- Nevada Beach $8
Our guides are experienced, professional, CPR certified and personable. They have extensive training and experience with kayaking, Lake Tahoe’s waters, outdoor preparedness and safety procedures. We understand that our guides have an extensive impact on both your safety and overall experience with us. It is for this reason that Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority strives diligently to bring you some of Lake Tahoe’s finest kayak guides.
Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority has an extensive fleet of kayaks that are suitable for all experience levels. Our kayaks are stable, user friendly and safe. Our guides will brief you in the water of proper kayak techniques, paddle strokes, best practices and safety precautions before we set out on our journey. As always our guide will be with you the whole way.
We welcome all kayak skill levels and offer instruction once in the water. If this is your first time kayaking we would recommend one of our shorter, less vigorous adventures. However, it is not a requirement, as many first time paddlers are comfortable and acclimate very well to kayaking immediately. As always, please know your fitness levels and athletic abilities when choosing a tour.
Tahoe Jack’s Adventure Authority recommends the following kayak attire.
- Soft Shoes or Sandals
- Synthetic Clothing (as it drys much faster than cotton)
Shorts & T shirts are usually fine during the summer months, however it is recommended that you bring warmer attire with you should the wind pick up or you have booked an early morning/evening adventure. Once again we suggest non cotton clothing. Always better to be prepared than end up being uncomfortable.
We also recommend that you bring a spare change of clothes for when your kayak adventure has ended. It is not uncommon, being out on a lake, that you may get a bit wet.
Please Note: Be sure to bring sunscreen as you will be in the sun during our tours. It is also recommended to bring a lightweight long sleeve that breathes well to avoid prolonged sun exposure to your arms as you paddle.
The age requirement for any kayak adventure is a minimum age of 12 years. All those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.