Lake Tahoe by Kayak, Part Three
This weekend we added another segment to the circumnavigate Tahoe journey: Rubicon Bay to Sunnyside on the west shore of the lake. The goal was originally to make it another two miles to Tahoe City where we left off last paddle but the winds and boat traffic picked up and just made it miserable. So, we took the opportunity to meet some friends on the beach and call it a day. We added 10 water miles to our total, putting us at roughly 30-ish of the total 72 miles around the lake. And, yes, my arms are sore!
My kayaking buddy has several boat options so this week’s paddle was done in a double-seater. We were a little worried about our mileage and thought we could make better time in the double. Last time, we averaged about 2 miles per hour and this week we brought it up to 3 miles per hour. Pretty good, eh?
And, in case you were wondering, Lake Tahoe is notorious for its cold water. I think the average summer temperature of the water is usually high 50s, maybe 60 degrees. Brrrrr. This is a common beach sign:
So, take notes, water peeps. It’s chilly out there! We’ve gotten lucky and had decent weather but, even on the good days, let’s not pretend this is the warm Caribbean or anything. I can’t imagine what 80 degree water actually feels like. Weird.
What’s your favorite water spot? Is warm or cold? I’d love to get some water time on Tahoe this winter because I love the snow but I’m not sure that I have enough gear to protect myself from the icy water. And, some of the portage points are not available in the winter. I might have to reconsider that idea.
Stay tuned … more adventures and photos will be posted soon!