Best Places to Rent a SUP or Kayak in South Lake Tahoe


The temperatures are heating up in Lake Tahoe and with many businesses closed, the best place to be this summer is on the lake. Fortunately, no matter where you’re at on Big Blue, there’s usually a stand-up paddleboard/kayak rental shop within a 20-minute drive. Here are a few South Shore spots to check out to gather all the gear you need to enjoy your time out on the water:

South Tahoe Standup Paddle

Off Lakeview Avenue next to El Dorado Beach, South Tahoe Standup Paddle lets people try out their SUPs, kayaks, and pedal boats at decent rates. A single kayak/stability stand-up paddleboard costs $25 per hour, a double kayak/touring SUP is $30 per hour, and a 2-person pedal boat is $35 per hour. They also provide all-day rates. South Tahoe SUP has around 200 boards in its rental fleet so there tends to be plenty for everyone, but it’s still a good idea to get there early (especially on a holiday or weekend) to make sure they have the equipment you’re looking for.

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SUP Tahoe

Owned by South Lake Tahoe native Jessica Miller and her husband Brandon, SUP Tahoe is on the southwestern side of the lake close to Emerald Bay. Their rental shop is located on 871 Emerald Bay Road right on Highway 89 and people usually stop by SUP Tahoe to get what they need and launch at either Kiva Beach, Baldwin Beach, or somewhere close to Emerald Bay. SUP Tahoe provides paddlers with complimentary board racks for their cars allowing them the freedom to go wherever they want which is why the minimum amount of time someone can take out a board is for two hours ($30 for a standard board/$40 for a touring board). Paddlers are encouraged to do an all day rental ($50 for a standard board/$65 for a touring board) and can even rent in the afternoon and keep a board from 4pm until 10am the following morning for $45/$60. SUP Tahoe may specialize in SUPs, but they also lease out single and double kayaks that range from $45-$70.

Zephyr Cove Resort

On the southeastern shore on the Nevada side of the lake, Zephyr Cove Resort is a popular place to camp, ride horses, take a boat cruise on the M.S. Dixie II, go parasailing, or rent a watercraft- motorized or not. Along with its fleet of jet skis and Sea Rays, Zephyr Cove Resort has a full line of paddleboards, kayaks, and pedal boats perched on its sandy shoreline. Stand-up paddleboards, 1-person kayaks, and 2-person pedal boats are all $30 an hour; 2-person kayaks and 4-person pedal boats are $40 per hour.

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