TEG’s Favorite Places to Visit by Boat on Lake Tahoe

You can’t visit Lake Tahoe and not get out on the crystal blue waters. Being on the lake provides a whole new experience and unique perspective of the majestic Sierra Nevada. Hopping on a boat is the perfect way to spend a Tahoe day and today on the blog we want to share our favorite places to visit by boat. So, grab your flip flops and sunscreen. Here’s all the places you should go on a boat in Lake Tahoe.


Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed places in Lake Tahoe and for good reason. It’s a National Natural Landmark for its panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. Its natural beauty, geology and history make it a must see spot. Skip the drive and hassle of finding parking and see Emerald Bay by boat! Relatively accessible from the West Shore, you’ll love seeing South Shores staggering peaks above the bay. Cruise around Vikingsholm and even anchor down for a quick dip. 


You know the photos of Tahoe with the white granite boulders set against the turquoise, Caribbean looking water? That’s the East Shore. And one of the best ways to access these secluded, quiet beaches is by boat. Parking is challenging and minimal off of SR-28, so the easiest way to take in the sights is to hop on your boat and cruise the shoreline. Enjoy a swim in the many alcoves and soak up the California sunshine. 


Photo: Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge

A classic for visitors and locals alike is Sunnyside Bar & Grill. Situated right on the lake of the West Shore is the quintessential Sunnyside deck. They’re known for their famous fish tacos (we recommend beer battered style) and generous sized mai tais. You will love the scene, food and views. We recommend checking out the deck during the week as the weekends can get crazy here. 


Photo: Chambers Landing

Another classic spot, and a TEG favorite, is Chamber’s Landing on the majestic West Shore. This Old Tahoe bar serves up the cult favorite “Chamber’s punch” which is a frozen mai tai topped with a rum floater. Once you’ve grabbed your punch, grab a seat on the expansive pier and enjoy. It doesn’t get more “Tahoe” than this.