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When and where are the best boating conditions on Lake Tahoe?
The Tahoe Zephyr (daily wind) blows from southwest to northeast many days from 2-8PM. The wind speed reaches 10-15mph gusting to 20+ many afternoons creating 2-3+ foot waves from mid lake to the north (Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, Crystal Bay, Incline Village) and east shore (South Lake Tahoe and the Nevada side, Zephyr Cove). Prudent Tahoe boaters with vessels under 35 feet head for the sheltered west shore during these hours. Boating in high wind/wave conditions makes waterskiing and wakeboarding very difficult and the ride rough, wet and cold. In the worst case scenario the north/east shore wind/waves create dangerous small boating due to wave swamping resulting in disabled electrical/engines and increased potential for sinking and drowning.
Experienced Tahoe boaters, with vessels under 35 feet, head for the sheltered west/southwest shore after 1pm, enjoying Emerald Bay, Sugar Pine and DL Bliss State Park beaches and avoiding the rough afternoon water conditions in Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, Crystal Bay, Incline Village, South Lake Tahoe and Zephyr Cove.
Mornings are calmer and warmer!
Mornings are consistently rated the best rated experience by clients who have experienced an entire day on water with us. If afternoon is your choice, consider meeting us on the west/southwest shore to enjoy the wind/wave shadow for a safer more enjoyable experience. Just ask us and we’ll schedule a conference call to discuss and create your personal float plan by phone.
Afternoons on the west shore are amazing!!
Tahoe locals will tell you, “the west shore is the best shore.” The unrivaled natural beauty of Sugar Pine State Park boaters beach, DL Bliss State Park boaters beach and Emerald Cove are the best experiences of the entire lake. In addition, all of these areas are sheltered from the Tahoe Zephyr by tall pine trees and mountains allowing calm water conditions when the rest of the lake is rough.
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