Water Activities

Choose from the following to find a site: two kayakers, a paddle boarder and two other boaters on a mountain lake


Stay Safe, Stay Close to Home

Stay Safe. Stay Close to Home. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. 

From mountain lakes to white water, there are abundant opportunities available for water sports on the Tahoe National Forest.  

Waterskiing, boating, sailing, kayaking, swimming, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and jet skiing are among the more popular activities at the larger lakes.  

Experienced kayakers and rafters can find white water stretches on the Yuba, American and Truckee Rivers.  There are also more gentle stretches for beginner level enthusiasts and float tubing. 

No matter what level of water sport you're planning be safe and wear a lifejacket at all times.  Remember conditions change from year to year.  Watch out for fallen trees, sand bars, rocks and other obstacles.