From Baldwin Beach, paddle north towards Eagle Point, passing Cascade
Stables which boasts some of the nicest lakefront property in the Basin.
At Eagle Point, be sure to keep your eyes open for Bald Eagles and their
nests, which look like huge baskets of sticks placed on the top of dead
trees. The size of these nests never cease to amaze us. Be careful of
boats as you enter Emerald Bay as the inlet is narrow and many of the
"skippers" are renting the boat for the day and have never actually
driven a boat before! In a Kayak, you can usually paddle into the Bay
along the margins, staying completely out of the boat lanes. Once in Emerald
Bay, the water will be much more calm as the maximum speed for boats is
5 MPH. Be sure to take in Tahoe's only island, Fannett Island, which still
sports the remains of an old "tea house" built by the late owner
of Vikingsholm. Vickingsholm is the old stone "castle" built
around the turn of the century. It is now a State Park and interesting
tours are available in the summer.
is also a boat camp on the north shore of Emerald Bay with campsites and
buoys available on a first-come basis. A nice hike can be included in
your kayak tour by landing at the boat camp and hiking past Emerald Point
towards Rubicon Point.
This hike provides beautiful views of Lake Tahoe.
Concerns: Paddle it in, paddle it out.
Truly, you must exercise caution when in this area. 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, and...you
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!