The Tahoe marina scene is a good one here in North and West shore Lake Tahoe.

The biggest Tahoe marina is in Tahoe City. In 2011 it almost doubled in size and offers slips for sale and rent plus buoys/moorings for seasonal rent. The Tahoe City Marina has a gas dock, pump-out facility, plus sailboats and motorboats for rent. A human-powered rental fleet (paddleboards, kayaks, etc. can also be rented right off the piers. There is one charter sailboat that offers 2-hour cruises daily in summer and there are a couple charter fishing vessels based here, too. There is a public pier at the end of Grove Street which is also a nice place for a stroll, by the way.

The next largest marina is Carnelian Bay and it’s know for the biggest and nicest fleet of privately owned wooden powerboats around. This Tahoe marina is home to the Concourse d’Elegance – one of the finest wooden boat shows in the nation. Next is the North Tahoe Marina, recognizable by the 3-story boat storage racks visible from North Lake Blvd. They do pump-outs here as well as boat rentals.

Down the West Shore there are three more marinas.  Sunnyside has waterskiing instruction, athletic powerboat rentals, gas and an awesome restaurant. The final two are the Homewood Marina and Obexer’s. You can launch at any of these marinas – most are more expensive than the Coast Guard Station in Lake Forest because they are private and use boatlifts to get the job done. However, you can get an affordable season pass launch sticker at Obexers and they do have a traditional ramp there as well.