Sand Harbor Rentals
Sand Harbor Rentals offers rentals for single and tandem kayaks, paddleboards, & sailing kayaks. We also have guided kayak tours & paddleboard lessons.
Our Rental Season
We open in May on the weekend before Memorial Day. We close in the fall when the weather dictates, but will accept reservations for larger groups or tours after this date (weather permitting).
Come explore the wildest, most undeveloped shoreline that Lake Tahoe has to offer. With hidden beaches, secluded coves, white granite boulders, and warm sand, the East Shore is the place to get away from the roads and hotels. Most of the East Shore is public land, but inaccessible by car. Stop by Sand Harbor Rentals and find yourself a little slice of Tahoe!
PARKING WARNING: ARRIVE EARLY!!!
Sand Harbor State Park is very popular and has limited parking. They do not allow walk-ins or drop-offs, and there is no on-street parking outside the park gates. During peak weekends and holidays (mid-June through mid September) the parking lot often reaches max capacity within 1/2 an hour of when the park opens its gates at 8am. Arriving at or before 8am is always a good idea. Please note there are two entrances to Sand Harbor State Park; one for general and one for BOATS ONLY. Please go to the general parking to avoid being turned around by the parks service (unless you are also bringing your own boat). We recommend that our customers arrive no later than 8am on summer weekends and holidays, and no later than 8:30 during midweek days in peak summer.*The parking lots at Sand Harbor are limited this year due to Covid-19*.
WHY CAN I ONLY RESERVE AT 8:30AM (Fall hours @ 10am)
You may have noticed that Sand Harbor Rentals only takes 8:30am reservations during peak season and 10am in the fall. While we take walk-up customers all day, due to the high vehicle traffic at Sand Harbor State Park we cannot commit to reservation times that may be affected by parking misfortune. As mentioned in our PARKING WARNING Sand Harbor has very limited parking which often fills by 8:30am or earlier during the peak summer season. During the fall, as temperatures cool down in the morning, we change our reservation time to 10am. Additionally, we always encourage having an earlier paddle on Lake Tahoe since there is a high likelihood of experiencing afternoon winds.
WHAT TO DO IF PARKING IS FULL?
If you arrive to Sand Harbor and the parking lot is full the only other way to enter the park is via the East Shore Express Bus. The East Shore Express Bus Depot is located at 771 Southwood Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451
**PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19, THE EAST SHORE EXPRESS WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR THE 2020 SEASON. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY.**
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS MY RESERVATION BECAUSE I CANT GET INTO THE PARK?
If you miss your reservation because the parking lot is full you will be held to the charge. We try very hard to express the importance of early arrival to this particular location and therefore cannot reimburse for reservations missed for this reason. If you do not think that you’ll be able to pull off the pre-8AM call time please alert us outside of our 24hr cancellation policy and we will be happy to refund.
WHAT IF ITS RAINY/WINDY?
If the day of your paddle we are experiencing inclement weather and are forced to shut down beach operations you will receive a full refund. However, if we continue to run rentals and tours on that day we will hold you to the reservation. Please check weather conditions so that you may plan accordingly.
We have this policy, and provide this information, in hopes of making your day smoother. Early arrival is crucial for anyone going to this park. The popularity of Sand Harbor State Park is something beyond our control. While we highly recommend morning paddling, and also recommend reservations, if you’re not confident in your ability to arrive early, please see us as a walk-up customer (credit card sales only). We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you on the beach! We also have our Tahoe City location, which is an easier experience overall.
We are open daily 8:30am to 6:00am (summer) & 9:30am to 5:00pm (off-season).
White tent by the boat ramp at Sand Harbor State Park ( 2005 Highway 28 Incline Village, NV )
Reservations a day or more in advance are highly recommended. We do not accept same-day phone reservations, but we will help walk-up customers. Parking is limited at Sand Harbor State Park, so reservations that begin in the morning are highly encouraged **Please note Due to Covid-19, parking capacity is 50% of normal.**
CANCELLATION POLICY: We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel or no-show less than 24 hours from the day of your paddle, you are still financially committed to your reservation.