The Lodge-To-Lodge Network
Stay in Nice
Set It All Up
A series of kayak-friendly
lodges around the lake to provide luxury overnight accommodations with
land transport of guests and kayaks to and from the lake as needed.
The Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge offers
kayakers on-the- water convenience, heated pool, hot tub,
restaurants on premise and rooms with a view. Other options
include wine tasting, evening entertainment or just a quiet
relaxing evening by the fire.
Our goal is to create a personal kayak experience
with just the right amount of adventure, relaxation, education and
pampering each guest desires. Private outfitters offer these packages,
but for the more independent paddler, a self-directed network will
provide an easy way to discover Lake Tahoe. The LTL Network would
allow users to plan the trip duration to fit their schedules and
abilities, and then just show up. Days could be spent paddling and
learning with superior tour guides, and the nights would be full of the
amenities only a great lodge could provide. Tour guides could
provide safety and kayak training so that all skill
levels can participate.
Benefits of a Network
It takes the stress out of planning a multi-day paddle
One Stop Shopping: Kayakers can connect with lodges and
tour guides in one step
Lodges and Tour guides make contact with interested
Paddlers experience the beauty of
during the day with all the amenities of a
mountain lodge at night
Multiple lodges coordinate with luggage transport as the
guests progress around the lake
Transportation of kayaks and personnel can be an option
Guides provide safe kayak adventures with paddling and
safety instruction as needed
Guides share their knowledge of the historical and
geological points of interest
- The day would begin with a great breakfast at the lodge
- Followed by a day-long guided tour, including lunch.
- The event ends at either the same lodge or a different lodge
- Guest belongings will have already been transported to their
- The evening can include wine tasting or massage or a gourmet
- All this followed by a great night sleep in a lakefront or other
Types of Packages
Lodge-to-Lodge outing packages could be designed to incorporate
numerous tour options, with varying lengths and tour package amenities.
Tours could start anywhere and end anywhere around the lake depending on
coordination with participating Network lodges.
Kayakers would request tour dates and packages online at the Lake
Tahoe Water Trail Lodge-to-Lodge web page. By filling in information on
dates and package preferences, the application would be routed to
selected lodges and outfitters who would contact the applicants to
propose a coordinated and organized kayak tour.
Lodges without lakefront access can still participate if they have
access to a kayak trailer and agree to transport clients and kayaks from
and to the lake access points. Kayak trailer information is available
Click Here for a Printable Brochure (pdf)
Lodge to Lodge Network Members
(Lodges can download an application form to apply)
Safe Kayak Storage on site in a
locked bin or rack
Transportation of kayak
and guests to lodge from beach.
Could be kayak wheels or trailer or shuttle service
Activities: Instruction, speakers,
wine tasting, hot tub, message, fireplace lounge, etc.
|Meals: Dinner and
Breakfast provided on site with a choice of packed lunch
for next day
Parking for trip duration and luggage
transport to next destination
Lodges With The Kayak Services They
A Note About Safety
Boating on Lake Tahoe can be a peaceful, beautiful
experience, but it can also be life threatening. Weather and
waves can change quickly in the mountains and the water is
always icy cold, so the best defense is good preparation. Do
your homework! Watch the weather and wear life vests. Other
obvious wise choices would be tow ropes, layered clothing, wet
suits, water, food and traveling with a companion. But how many
recreational kayakers have taken a basic kayak safety class,
practice self-rescue once a year or hiring a kayak guide for
tours? These are also wise choices that are sometimes ignored,
dismissed or postponed.
Lake Tahoe Water Trail Association recommends that everyone
kayaking on the lake be trained in (and practice) self and
assisted rescue techniques and we recommend that everyone taking
a tour (below the level of advanced kayaker), Lodge to Lodge or
camping, use a kayak guide. We want you to have fun, but we want
you to be safe!
A Note About Transportation
Transporting kayaks, luggage and passengers from the water to
the lodging facility is a major component of the Lodge to Lodge
Network. One way, of course to to use facilities that have
lake-front access and that provide kayak wheels to move
equipment over the beach to the resort. Another way is to stay
at facilities that are not on the water but that provide kayak
shuttle services. Here are some suggestions for lodges which are
not on the water to still accommodate kayakers.
Contact a Shuttle Service:
Shuttle Around Tahoe
Purchase a Kayak Trailer
- Vintage Transport builds custom kayak trailers in
Diamond Springs, California, near Placerville. 530-622-3046
Build a Kayak Trailer
Follow our plans
to convert a utility trailer to a kayak trailer with $74
worth of lumber and hardware.
To start planning your tour
try our Planning Form (Coming Soon)
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