Paddle Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Trip Overview

With dramatic landscapes and crystal clear water, Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe is a paddling destination not to be missed. With world-class scenery, you’ll have the opportunity to intimately experience this remarkable place as we paddle by magnificent cliffs and explore the glacier carved shoreline. During this years trip, we will be based from the stunning Emerald Bay State Parks Campsite and enjoy three days full of exploring by kayak. This is a memorable adventure and perfect for the novice or experienced paddler.

Day 1 :
Participants are invited to arrive between 3:00PM and 4:00PM. We’ll meet just outside Emerald Bay State Park and drive to camp in the ETC van (option to hike the ~1 mi route), then have a communal dinner followed by a trip orientation meeting to go over the plan for the weekend and answer any questions. If you need to drive directly to camp in an accessible vehicle, ETC can accommodate!

Day 2 :
After a delicious breakfast the guides will orient the group to kayaking then spend the day paddling beautiful Emerald Bay and enjoying the company of our group.

Day 3 :
On this layover day, there are several options that we’ll decide upon as a group. Options include paddling Fannette Island, hiking to adventure in new areas, or having a more leisurely day in camp to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Day 4 :
On the last day of our trip, we’ll break camp and then have the option to further explore the area by land or water. We’ll end with a closing circle and have you on your way home by about 4:00PM.


Trip Details

Trip Dates: September 6-9, 2024

Trip Meeting Location: Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe

Trip Cost: $550*

*We have a limited scholarship budget available for people with disabilities and youth and adults from under-resourced backgrounds. To apply for a scholarship please complete a Scholarship Application


Booking and Other Resources

To book a space on the trip or with any questions, please contact ETC’s Sea Kayak Program Manager at

Resources for Participants:
Trip Packet
Health Form & Liability Release
Terms & Conditions