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.
Concerns: Paddle it in, paddle it out.
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, and...you 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!