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In or on the water, Lake Tahoe is filled with beachside adventure

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Whether you prefer to swim, kayak, stand up paddleboard or skim the water on a Jet Ski, nothing compares to a cool down on the cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

Spend the morning on the zip line and ropes course at Granlibakken‘s Treetop Adventure Park and then head on over to the lake for a dip, a boat ride or a casual stroll along the beach.

The Tahoe Gal offers daily cruises on Lake Tahoe.

The Tahoe Gal offers daily cruises on Lake Tahoe.

Not sure where to begin? You can start at West Shore Sports where you’ll find full range of stand up paddleboards, kayaks and water accessories for your day out on the lake. Or head on over to Tahoe City Marina which offers plenty of water recreation options, boat rentals, dining and shopping. Located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City, it is one of the largest and oldest marinas on the Lake.

How about a lunch, brunch, happy hour or sunset cruise? Check out Tahoe Gal paddlewheeler that launches daily from Tahoe City. North Tahoe cruises offers an exceptional Lake Tahoe experience from cruises to Emerald Bay, The Kaiser Estate Fleur Du Lac, where the Godfather II was filmed, and along the North Shore.

Do you want to feel the wind in your hair? Cruise the Lake on a charter aboard the 50-foot sailing yacht the Tahoe Cruz.

With four lakeside locations linked, a full season of dock hopping awaits thanks to a unique water borne transit service at Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle fires up for its first full season beginning Thursday, June 27.

Looking to catch a big fish? Lake Tahoe is abundant with Lake Trout, otherwise known as Mackinaw. These deep lake fish can weigh more than 30 pounds and are quite a thrill to catch. Mickey’s Big Mack Charters launches fishing boats daily to catch these underwater giants.

What’s your ideal way of spending time on Lake Tahoe?

Sail the Big Blue

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
The Tahoe Cruz, 50-footer

The Tahoe Cruz, 50-footer

Congrats – you’ve booked (or are about to book) your next trip to Granlibakken and Lake Tahoe. Next on the list – make plans to get yourself out on the Lake while here…

The Granlibakken blog covers all sorts of way to get wet – paddleboarding, wakesurfing / wakeskating/wakeboarding/waterskiing, jet skiing, parasailing, hot air ballooning, floating the Truckee – the list goes on and on. But this post is about the (normally) most-civil of the various water activities: sailing.

Most of us don’t have our own boats – thankfully there happens to be a 50-foot ocean raceboat called the Tahoe Cruz which resides at the Tahoe City Marina, about 4 minutes from Granlibakken. This is an awesome boat that likes to heel (lean over) in good winds. It’s also a suntan machine when there’s little or no wind. The Cruz goes out every day at noon, 2:30 and 5:30. They serve free beer, wine and soda and the 5:30 boat has cheese and crackers, too. The best boats for families with little ones are the first two.

Guest Skipper

Guest Skipper

This boat model is a Santa Cruz 50 and was built specifically for the Trans-Pac Race which goes from L.A. to Honolulu. This boat type dominated the race for years. With that race pedigree, sailing the Cruz on a windy day here at Tahoe is truly incredible. When she gets heeling folks get excited (those on the bow can get doused) and the wine usually starts flowing – and that’s why I said it’s normally the most civilized of the water sports up here….

Cowpoke Sailor

'Hey Cowpoke, you cast a pretty nice shadow'

© 2010 Alex West, copy and photos

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