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Rent a Other pontoon in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
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South Lake Tahoe, CA

5.0 (13 bookings)

Private Charters and Guided Tours

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a SEA-DOO jet ski / personal water craft in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
$138+ /hour

South Lake Tahoe, CA

5.0 (6 bookings)

Doing It Big Jet ski

2 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 3 passengers
Rent a Tollycraft Boats motor yacht in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
$413+ /hour

South Lake Tahoe, CA

5.0 (21 bookings)

40ft Tollycraft

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Supreme ski and wakeboard in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
$242+ /hour

South Lake Tahoe, CA

5.0 (5 bookings)

24' Supreme seats 16

2 - 8 hours Captain optional
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a SEA RAY BOATS bow rider in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
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South Lake Tahoe, CA

5.0 (10 bookings)

Yacht class Sea Ray 270 SDX

2 - 4 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a SUN TRACKER BY TRACKER MARINE pontoon in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
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South Lake Tahoe, CA

4.9 (141 bookings)

21' Party Cruiser Pontoon up to 10

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 10 passengers
Rent a Bennigton  pontoon in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
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South Lake Tahoe, CA

5.0 (4 bookings)

Luxury, Comfort & Style 2021 Tritoon Lots Extras

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a YAMAHA bow rider in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
$169+ /hour

South Lake Tahoe, CA

4.9 (17 bookings)

2019- 24’ Yamaha 242 Limited SE

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Other center console in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
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South Lake Tahoe, CA

Exclusive Lake Tahoe Boat Excursions!

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 10 passengers
Rent a Bentley Tritoon pontoon in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
Icon $219+ /hour

South Lake Tahoe, CA

5.0 (1 booking)

New Bentley Tri-Toon- FUN

6 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Other cruiser racer in Tahoe City, CA near me
Icon $167+ /hour

Tahoe City, CA

5.0 (5 bookings)

Sail on Lake Tahoe

3 - 6 hours Captain optional
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a Crest Pontoons pontoon in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
$200+ /hour

South Lake Tahoe, CA

4.8 (11 bookings)

The most fun pontoon on the lake!

6 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Grand-craft  in Tahoe Vista, CA near me
$525+ /hour

Tahoe Vista, CA

5.0 (10 bookings)

Wild Goose II - wooden commuter

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a North River aluminum fishing in Glenbrook, NV near me
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Glenbrook, NV

5.0 (1 booking)

Custom built high performance fishing boat.

4 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a Super Air Nautique G23 performance in Incline Village, NV near me
$519+ /hour

Incline Village, NV

5.0 (3 bookings)

2021 SUPER AIR G23 SURF BOAT W CAPTAIN FOR RENT

2 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 6 passengers
Rent a COBALT ski and wakeboard in Homewood, CA near me
$294+ /hour

Homewood, CA

5.0 (3 bookings)

2020 cobalt R5 Surf - Lake Tahoe

4 - 8 hours Captained
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a PLAYCRAFT BOATS pontoon in South Lake Tahoe, CA near me
$181+ /hour

South Lake Tahoe, CA

5.0 (30 bookings)

Pontoon boat in Lake Tahoe

4 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers
Rent a Bennington Family Pontoon pontoon in Tahoe City, CA near me
$244+ /hour

Tahoe City, CA

5.0 (16 bookings)

Family Pontoon Boat! Get out on North Lake Tahoe!

6 - 8 hours No captain
Up to 12 passengers

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Rent a Boat on Lake Tahoe

Ancient rock formations, sparkling clear waters, and pine tree shores are usually what people have in mind when they think of the great outdoors—and that just so happens to be a picture of Lake Tahoe. This gigantic body of freshwater split between California and Nevada is known for being an epic west coast getaway in both the summer and the winter. While skiers and snowboarders flock to Lake Tahoe in the winter, summer here is a boater’s playground with dozens of beaches, resorts, areas for watersports, and waterfront restaurants. Whether you’re looking for leisure and an adrenaline rush of action, no matter which side of Lake Tahoe you find yourself in, there’s a Boatsetter rental to enhance your experience.


What to Know

When planning your boat rental outing in Lake Tahoe, consider these popular boat rental styles: 

  • Pontoons are the perfect boat for any lake, whether you want to lounge, cruise, or party. Its open-deck design is perfect for your and your guest's maximum comfort.

  • Ski boats and wake boats are great for travelers in search of thrill, speed, and sick tricks. Hop on one of these rentals with your most daring buddies to explore Lake Tahoe’s sports scene. Wake surfing boats are also available for rent and are great for new and experienced surfers alike.


Safety Requirements

California

  • Boating License/Education Rules: You must be 16 years of age or older and in possession of his/her California Boater Card to legally operate a vessel powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including personal watercraft (PWCs). 

  • Persons 12 to 15 years of age may operate a vessel powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including PWCs, if they are supervised on board by a person at least 18 years of age and in possession of his/her California Boater Card.

  • There is no age restriction for operating a sailboat under 30 ft. long (with wind as the main source of propulsion) or a dinghy used between a moored vessel and shore or between two moored vessels.

  • Life Jacket Requirements: Ages 13 and under must wear a PFD at all times on a moving vessel of any length. Children are not required to wear a life jacket when they are wearing a harness on a sailboat, when they are in an enclosed cabin, and when they are on a vessel during an emergency rescue. 


For more information, visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation

Nevada

  • Boating License/Education Rules: Persons born on or after January 1, 1983 will need to have completed a boating education course to operate a motorboat of more than 15 hp on Nevada’s interstate waters. You must be 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (PWC).

  • Life Jacket Requirements: Children 13 and under must wear a PFD.


For more information, visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Where to dock your boat, or meet your rental:

  • Ski Run Marina

  • Zephyr Cove Marina

  • Tahoe Keys Marina

  • Tahoe City Marina

  • Camp Richardson Marina


To learn more, be sure to read our Things to Do on Lake Tahoe!


Weather Conditions

On Lake Tahoe, summers here are warm and dry, and winters are very cold and snowy. Peak boating season runs between late June and late August, when air and water temperatures are at their warmest.

Avg. Temperature High: Peaks around 80°F in July 

Avg. Temperature Low: Around 26°F during December, January, and February 

Avg. Water Temperatures of Lake Tahoe

  • 53°F in the Spring (March, April, May)

  • 57°F in the Summer (June, July, August)

  • 55°F in Fall (September, October, November)

  • 54°F in Winter (December, January, February)

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Things to Do in Lake Tahoe by Boat

Drop Anchor in Zephyr Cove

Drop Anchor in Zephyr Cove

Located on the southeast side of Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove is a captivating waterside community in Nevada. The coastline has stretches of gold-sand beach and pine-green trees. Drop an anchor near Zephyr Cove Park wherein you have a beach with tiki cabanas and sand volleyball courts for your friendly match! Hop on a wakeboard behind your rental boat for some on-water action—be sure to book with a captain if you’d like an expert driver.

  • Pro Tip: Zephyr Cove is known to get very crowded during the peak summer months. For a prime spot on the water, or to enjoy a smooth ride for watersports, we recommend heading out early to mid-morning.

  • Wake zone: Lake Tahoe has unique no-wake zone boating rules. The lake's no-wake zone extends six hundred feet out from shore around the entire lake. The posted speed limit in the no-wake zone is 5 MPH. This zone is enforced by patrol boats at all times.

  • Lat/Long: 39.0004° N, 119.9526° W

Explore Incline Village by Sand Harbor (North Shore)

Explore Incline Village by Sand Harbor (North Shore)

On the north shore, within Nevada’s border, is Incline Village, home to one of the country’s most stunning mountain retreats. The waters of Incline Village shores are serene and gentle and hold ancient rock formations, which are the true hallmark of this place from a boater’s perspective. Come here and anchor just offshore for a lakeside beach day, or to simply float and take in the scenery. You can easily access this area by any of the two boat ramps in Sand Harbor State Park. 

  • Pro Tip: Each summer, Sand Harbor hosts the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, which brings cultural festivities and incredible entertainment.

  • Seasonality: The calmest month of the year at Incline Village is August, and with its clear waters, this area is great for snorkeling and scuba diving.

  • Lat/Long: 39.1985° N, 119.9323° W

Go Wake Surfing, Wakeboarding, or Water Skiing

Go Wake Surfing, Wakeboarding, or Water Skiing

There is no shortage of watersports action on Lake Tahoe. Boatsetter’s ski boats and wake boats offer the perfect ride for both inexperienced riders and pros. If it’s your first time, or you’re boating with younger children, we recommend booking a rental with a captain who can show you the ropes and help you learn. If you’re coming from the South Shore, the best area for pulling a skier, tuber, wakeboarder, or wake surfer is McKinney Bay. While adventurers looking for a good spot on the North Shore should go to Zephyr Cove. 

  • Pro Tips: If you’re focused on watersports, we suggest getting started early in the day, between 9am and 1pm—morning and mid-morning offer the smoothest ride with smaller crowds on the water, avoiding extra wakes or rough water.

  • Wake Zones: If you haven’t secured a rental with a professional captain, be sure to remember Lake Tahoe’s strict wake zone rules as you tow your riders. The lake's no-wake zone extends six hundred feet out from shore around the entire lake. The posted speed limit in the no-wake zone is 5 MPH. This zone is enforced by patrol boats at all times.

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Where to Go Boating on Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay

Located within Emerald Bay State Park, Emerald Bay is a precious inlet, home to Lake Tahoe’s only island, Fannette Island. Emerald Bay also has an underwater park and watersports areas, plus treasures tucked away in its depths for only divers to uncover. From the water, you will also see Vikingsholm Castle, a 38-room mansion long considered one of the finest and most incredible examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. Cruise on this fairytale-like turquoise, blue, and green sparkling waters for an extraordinary trip full of enchanting views and adventure. 

  • Getting to Emerald Bay:  Emerald Bay is located at the southwestern end of Lake Tahoe, just south of the Rubicon Point Lighthouse. Fannette Island is only accessible by watercraft.

  • Pro Tips: Avid scuba divers won’t want to miss the Maritime Heritage Underwater Trail located in the depths of Emerald Bay, with countless dive sights to explore.

  • Lat/Long: 38.9610° N, 120.0993° W


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Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor

On the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe are picturesque rocky coves and gold-sand beaches. Sand Harbor is a place to fully immerse yourself in nature. Pack bathing suits, sunscreen, and lunch. You’ll want to spend as much time here as possible. Boat to Sand Harbor Beach for breathtaking views of mountains and a good swim, also if you need a restroom facility you’ll find it here. 

  • Water Levels: Before heading out to Sand Harbor, or using one of the two local boat ramps on-site, be sure to check their operating status. Water levels can change, and do effective access to the harbor in some areas. 

  • Pro Tips: Sand Harbor is a great place to anchor your boat and hop on a kayak or paddle board. Many Boatsetter owners actually offer kayaks as an Add-on! Add-ons can be applied at checkout, so keep your eyes open for them. 

  • Lat/Long: 39.1985° N, 119.9323° W


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Pope Beach

Pope Beach

Located on National Forest land, Pope Beach is an ideal spot for a nice picnic, whether you’re anchored or pulled up ashore. From the beach, you can look out to the open water and appreciate the epic mountain ranges in the distance. Pope Beach is also a designated swimming area, perfect for families with small children. Don’t be shy to jump in but do beware, the waters here can get really cold.

  • Fishing: Pope Beach is one of many great fishing spots on Lake Tahoe. Reminder, if you plan to go fishing during your rental, be sure that any person in your party over 16 years old must have a valid California or Nevada sport fishing license. 

  • Pro Tips: Unfortunately, Pope Beach is not a pet-friendly area, so you’ll need to leave your fur-babies at home for this adventure.

  • Lat/Long: 38.9374° N, 120.0316° W


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Dock-and-Dine at Lake Tahoe Waterfront Restaurants

Gar Woods Grill & Pier

  • Address: 5000 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
  • Hours: Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30pm; Fri-Sun 10:30 am - 10:30pm
  • Reservations: Yes, but not required
  • Type of food: Californian cuisine
  • Dockage available: Yes


Riva Grill On the Lake

  • Address: 900 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 9:30pm; Fri-Sun 10:30am - 9:30 pm
  • Reservations: Yes, but not required
  • Type of food: Traditional America, fresh seafood, specialty drinks
  • Dockage available: Yes


The Beacon Bar & Grill


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Got questions?

Frequently asked questions

How much is it to rent a boat in Lake Tahoe?

The cost to rent a boat at Lake Tahoe for a half-day starts at $160. For a full day on the water prices on average range from $320 and $4,300.

Can you swim in Lake Tahoe?

Swimming in Lake Tahoe is an exhilarating experience. But wait! The water never really gets hot. Depending on the depth of the water and the type of lake you're swimming in, warm shallow bays and gentle sloping shorelines will warm fastest.

What makes Boatsetter different from other boat rental platforms?

What makes Boatsetter different is peace of mind. Boatsetter is the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer boat rental. We know choosing the right boat rental platform is essential to your experience while on the water. That's why we've gone the extra mile to focus on safety through our exclusive partnership with GEICO Marine and BoatUS. As the first and only boat rental marketplace to offer insurance on every peer-to-peer rental, you are protected during all rentals with insurance coverage and on-water assistance through TowBoatUS.

How to rent a boat on Boatsetter?

At Boatsetter, our mission is to make getting out on the water as easy as possible. With our intuitive booking system, you can rent a boat as soon as today. -First, you must determine your budget and the type of boat you want to rent. -Next, decide where you would like to boat and the kind of boat you would like to spend the day on. -Finally, determine if you will be needing a boat captain and reach out to the boat owner. That's it! You're officially on your way to a fantastic day out on the water.

How many people can fit on the boat rental?

The number of people who can fit on boat rental largely depends on the boat's size and how many life jackets are on board. Currently the coast guard allows a maximum of 10-12 people on a Boatsetter boat rental.

How much does it cost to rent a yacht?

The cost of renting a yacht depends on the boat's size and the amount of time you'll use the yacht. The onboard amenities and luxurious accommodations also dictate the price. You can contact our yacht specialists for a custom quote by visiting: https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

How old do you have to be to rent a boat?

You must be 18 years old to rent a captained boat and 25 years old if you would like to rent a bareboat charter.

Do I need a boating license to rent a boat?

Boating license requirements vary from state to state. As a renter, you are responsible for understanding local state requirements.

Can you rent a yacht on Lake Tahoe for the day?

Boatsetter allows you to rent a yacht for the day. Single-day yacht rentals are available for a select number of yachts. To chat with a yacht specialist please visit https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters

Can you rent a yacht for the week?

Boatsetter allows its customers to rent a yacht for the week. Renting a yacht for a week gives you more access to the wide range of yachts available on our platform. You can either book a rental directly through the site or connect with one of our charter specialists to plan your trip here: https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters


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  • 5/5 stars

    Scotty was a great captain! The boat fit 10 of us more than comfortably and our group had an amazing time. I would...

    Erica

    Nov 2022

  • Was visiting from FL with my family and we wanted to spend a day on the lake. Captain Nic was great, very...

    David

    Oct 2022
  • 5/5 stars

    This boat is rad and Scotty is the man. He showed us a good time on the water. Couldn’t have asked for anything...

    Adrian

    Oct 2022

  • Clear communication, easy instructions, just as described, and we had a great time. Thanks!

    D

    Oct 2022

  • Great birthday trip for my family, from my 4 year old nephew to my 80 year old mother. Took us to a part of Tahoe...

    Christine

    Oct 2022
  • 5/5 stars

    We had THE BEST TIME! Book Scotty and this boat, you won’t regret it!

    Kathleen

    Oct 2022

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    Oct 2022

  • Mark was great. Perfect amount of time in the boat.

    Isaac

    Oct 2022

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    Kirk

    Oct 2022

  • The experience was a 5 star. We have all enjoyed the boat ride very much. Thank you!

    DEVA SURESH

    Oct 2022

  • Brad was great to work with!

    Wayne

    Oct 2022

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    Sep 2022

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