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General Information: Camp Richardson is the South Shore's most complete resort. You can rent bikes, kayaks, boats, charter a boat, have lunch, and lay on the beach all within 50 yards. Because of this, it draws lots of people in the summer and can get crazy just finding a parking spot. With this said, it is also a terrific place to rent a kayak and start paddling. You quickly leave the congestion behind as you head north toward Taylor Creek, Eagle Point, and Emerald Bay with stellar views all the way.


Where To Start: Camp Richardson is located just 3 miles north of the "Y" on Highway 89 in the South Shore. From the "Y", take Emerald Bay Rd (89) north. You'll know you're getting close when the traffic starts! Turn right into the resort following the signage to The Beacon Restaurant. Pay the parking fee (or park on 89 and avoid the fee, but walk about 1/4 mile) and head to the pier. You can rent kayaks here or put-in next to the pier if you brought your own.

Description: The paddling out of Camp Rich is very enjoyable. As you head north from the resort, wonderful views of Visitor Center Beach and Meadow with Mt. Tallac in the background come into view. You can follow Taylor Creek into the marsh area to view a plethora of water birds including, Mallard Ducks, Merganzers, and Canadian Geese. During the fall salmon run, you can check out the thousands of Cut-throat crammed into Taylor Creek to spawn. As you continue north, you'll pass the "Boaters Beach" and Cascade Stables where you can gawk at some of the swankiest lakefront property on the South Shore. At this point you have gone 1 miles (remember, you need to get back too!) and it's another 3 miles to the Boat Camp in Emeral Bay. If you are an experienced Kayaker and know your capability, the paddle into Emerald Bay is worth the effort. Once in the Bay, head for Fannett Island (Tahoe's only island) or check out Vickingsholm. If you want to get out of the Kayak for a walk, stop at the Boat Camp (look for the bouys) and head out to Emerald Point and on to Rubicon Point. Remember to leave yourself plenty of energy and daylight to make the return trip to Camp Rich.

Environmental Concerns: Paddle it in, paddle it out.

Advisory: 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. This applies doubly in the Camp Richardson Marina. 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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