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ledfoot posted 06-24-2006 12:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for ledfoot   Send Email to ledfoot  
Hey all,

It's my Mom's 60th bday in August, and we are going to meet up in Tahoe. Looking for any advice for where to stay (north shore vs south shore etc...), where the ramps are, crowds during the week, etc... I am looking for a house to rent for the whole family.

We will be trailering our 1984 Montauk up to have some fun.


Fishcop posted 06-24-2006 01:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Fishcop  Send Email to Fishcop     
Hi Jeff,

Congrats on your Mom's 60th. Lake Tahoe is windy in the PM on any given day of Summer. There are also restrictions on your motor for EPA compliance. Some public ramps charge up to $20 in and $20 out.

Check the listings for rentals that may have a dock you can leave your boat at during your stay. There is also Fallen Leaf Lake that has the same EPA requirements for boat motors over 9.9 hp.

Do not be suprised at the prices being asked for a short stay! If you need any help, contact me and I will try to get you some additional info.

Take Care,


gamble posted 06-24-2006 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for gamble  Send Email to gamble     
Hi, Ledfoot,

I live in the Carson Valley just east of "the Lake". There are public ramps on the Nevada side at Cave Rock and at Sand Harbor. There are several on the California side, but the one I've used most is at Kings Beach on the NW corner of the lake near Incline. There is a goods ramp at Incline, if you happen to be renting there. (It's restricted to residents and renters.)

My family has a rental house (A-frame, 1800 sq ft, 3br, 2ba, about two blocks from the Lake at Incline Village. Email or respond here if you'd like. I fish and boat at the Tahoe a lot, so I have quite a bit of info.


prm1177 posted 06-24-2006 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     

Can't think of a better place for a birthday party. A couple of things to consider bringing your boat up.

Engines Permitted"
# Direct fuel injection (DFI) two-stroke engines (FICHT, Opti, or ETEC)
# Two-stroke engines that meet the California Air Resources Board 2001 or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2006 emissions standard
# All four stroke personal watercraft engines
# All four stroke gasoline or diesel sterndrive/inboard engines
# All four stroke outboard engines

If your boat had bottom paint for saltwater, you might be stopped from launching(no biocides, please).

I prefer the North to the south of the lake. The family has a 4 BR, 2 bath house in Carnelian Bay on the California side sleeps 8-10(if you decide not to take Dave up on his rental).

I strongly suggest reservations at Gar Woods for a dinner. gar developed a line of wooden powerboats in the 20s, some of which can still be seen around the lake. Nothing like a Wet Woody to celebrate the day.

high sierra posted 06-24-2006 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
ledfoot , you have mail. high sierra
jmarlo posted 06-26-2006 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmarlo  Send Email to jmarlo     
Hope you are able to coordinate a stay in August. Boating on Tahoe is my favorite. You cant beat the clear water, blue skies, and relatively uncrowded conditions. As you will see, Cobalts seem to be the boat of choice on Tahoe, but there are a few whalers to be seen.

I will be there the week of August 14, with my Revenge. We will be celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary and staying in the Homewood area. Luckily, I will have access to a buoy for the week.

If you happen to be up there that week, lets coordinate afternoon cocktails at Chambers Landing, a great lakefront bar with dock space and/or tender service.

pglein posted 06-26-2006 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Tahoe was great to go boating for one day. After that, I was thoroughly bored of the relatively small lake. You can pretty much see everything from the middle of the lake, save for the one bay on the southwest shore. I explored the entire lake in a matter of a few hours.
ratherwhalering posted 06-26-2006 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Darci and I took 'our' Montauk to Tahoe for our honeymoon a few years back, and just loved it. There are plenty of beaches (only a few dog friendly one though) and places to explore. Emerald Bay is a must see. I agree that the launch ramp at Kings Beach is nice, and there is another very nice ramp at the CG station near Tahoe City.

Dock space is almost impossible to come by, as are public moorings. 'Our' Montauk stayed on a mooring on West Shore, and survived a pretty good windstorm with no problem. I got a little worried because she bobbed up and down in the short chop like a cork, and ended up using a 1-inch nylon towing strap to secure her to the mooring.

The lake does get a bit choppy in the afternoon, and we had our best boating in the early morning and early afternoons. Sunnyside Lodge, on the West Shore has public moorings (4 Hrs?) and a free mooring shuttle service, if you want a nice (but a bit pricey) breakfast or brunch.

I am told that I had fun at Chamber's Landing on my bachlor party, but I somehow have no recollection of this event...

ledfoot posted 06-26-2006 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
Thanks for all the replies! We are not absolutely sure of the dates or even if Mom wants to go to Tahoe, but I will stay in touch when I find out for sure. I guess since I have the 2-stroke Merc I won't bother trailering her all the way up from L.A. The last time I was there my wife and I went to the wooden boat Concours in the beginning of August, and it was a great time (was about 8 years ago I think...). We rented a 21' runabout the had PLENTY of power. We cruised the whole lake in about 2 hours. The highlight was seeing the wooden boats parading around the lake!

jimh posted 06-27-2006 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
PeteB88 posted 07-01-2006 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Somebody told me the fantastic wooden boat Thunderbird is in poor condition. Is that true? I think it's a Hackercraft but not certain.
high sierra posted 07-02-2006 01:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Pete, saw the Thunderbird 2 days ago in the boat house at Whittels. The doors on that massive boathouse were open as we idled by and there were two rubber boats parked behind it. The T bird is used for special occasions on the lake. I have been on the boat when my wife and I were caretaking the lodge for a friend. The lodge has been sold since. It is a fantastic place with its underground pool, the secret passageway, and the elephant house. There is a WW 2 huge searchlight that was used to bring in boats at night during prohibition. George Whittel was the ultimate eccentric. high sierra
Drisney posted 07-03-2006 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
My wife and I (and three Westies) camp for a week each year at the State Parks boat in campground on Emerald Bay. It is tent camping, pyramid toilet, no showers. but they do have a top notch dock and mooring buoys for each campsite. You camp, and if you wish you can boat to lunch or dinner at the various resorts. We enjoy it thoroughly.
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