Summer Outdoor Activities in Lake Tahoe, CA

If you’re traveling to the rugged beauty of Lake Tahoe, California, there are a host of outdoor adventures that await during the summer months. Most visitors know Tahoe for skiing, but it is so much more. Lake Tahoe encompasses both Nevada and California, and there is plenty to do all around the lake as well as on it. Visitors can stay right on the lake to fully enjoy everything it has to offer. Tahoe Moon Properties has several cabins and vacation home rentals available along the northern shore of the lake. From its azure blue clarity to its white rocky mountains, Tahoe provides adventure and fun in the summer. There are abundant things to do outdoors during the summer in Lake Tahoe. In addition to these activities, there are outdoor concerts and festivals. It’s a great place to be during the summer as well as winter.

Water Activities

With 75 miles of shoreline, Lake Tahoe is heaven for kayakers and paddleboarders. The afternoon can get windy, so morning paddles are the best. Stunning Emerald Bay offers paddles to Fannette Island for kayaks. For stand up paddle boards, rent equipment at Kings Beach, Meeks Bay or El Dorado Beach. Enjoy quiet and calmer paddles on the North Shore, where crystal clear water allows views below. Take out a boat and enjoy tubing and water skiing as well.


Hike for exciting views of the lake on the popular trails that include the Emerald Bay Trail, Squaw Valley Trail, Glacier Meadow Loop, and the much-known Tahoe Rim Trail. Mt. Tallac, in South Lake Tahoe, offers a 9.5-mile round trip. Mt. Rose is located near North Tahoe and provides easy hiking with the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Trail, which is actually located in Nevada. It’s great for families and lite-hikers; it has a level trail as it meanders by pine forests, giant granite rocks and mountain streams.



Golfers will find a choice of fine golf courses, including the Links at Squaw Creek, an 18-hole championship course, and Lake Tahoe Golf Course, Bijou Municipal Course and Edgewood Tahoe. Tahoe City also has a course if you are staying in the northern area of the lake.


Horseback Riding

Those who love horseback riding can view the lake from trails nearby. Find great horses at Camp Richardson Corral or Zephyr Cove Resort Stables. Scenic delights include pines trees, mountain boulders and more. Guided rides are available as well as group breakfast, lunch and dinner rides at Zepher Cove.

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