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General Information: The shoreline between Sand Harbor and Skunk Harbor is some of the least developed and most pristine in the basin. This four mile stretch includes many small coves and inlets, submerged rocks, and forested shoreline. It is also not as busy as the areas around the South Shore.


Where To Start: Sand Harbor is located just a couple of miles south of Incline Village along Highway 28 near the northeast "corner" of the lake. From north shore,take Highway 28 through Incline Village and look for the entrance sign for Sand Harbor. From the South Shore, take Highway 50 to Spooner Summit, turning left onto Highway 28. Follow this for 10 miles or so and again, look for the entrance to Sand Harbor. The put-in is at the boat ramp located on the north side of the sand spit.

Description: From the put-in you can head north towards Incline Village, but this area is more developed than to the south. Heading south, you will pass along pristine shoreline with little development. Many submerged rocks will be visible along the way as well.

The water gets deep here, falling to several hundred feet just a few hundred yards off-shore. You will pass a small development at Chimney Beach, but not much else. Secret Harbor is about two miles from the put-in. Here you'll find lots of inlets and coves. This is a fun area to explore in a kayak. You can also land to have lunch or sunbathe naked on Tahoe's nude beach. Another mile south, you'll come to Skunk Harbor, a deeper cove again well worth exploring.

The only drawback to this area is the wind which can get pretty wicked in the afternoon blowing up a good sized chop that can capsize a novice kayaker.

Environmental Concerns: Paddle it in, paddle it out.

Advisory: Be careful of the wind and waves on this side of the lake, both can get pretty nasty. Also, like all kayaking on Lake Tahoe, you must exercise caution when around power boats. The people driving the power boats may very well never have set foot in a boat before, let along been behind the wheel. Combine this with some alcohol, get the picture. As a non-power craft, you have the right of way according to the "Rules of the Road", but a lot of good that does you when you get hit!


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