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Best Places to Paddleboard in the United States – Nevada 2021

Best Places to Paddleboard in the United States – Nevada 2021

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1: Lake Tahoe/Crystal Bay

Lake Tahoe SUP

Lake Tahoe is primarily in California, but given it is the best paddleboarding destination in the whole United States, you’ll want to visit the Nevada portion as well! Crystal Bay is located on Lake Tahoe’s northern side and is a fantastic place to launch from Incline Village. Incline Village hosts a few different paddleboard rental companies to get you set up with gear or provide lessons, yoga sessions, and touring adventures.

If you prefer, you can also set out on your own and paddle through some of the clearest blue waters in the country, though Crystal Bay is one of the colder parts of the lake. As long as you’re dressed appropriately, you’ll have a blast paddling the Crystal Bay at Lake Tahoe.

Average Clear Weather Days per Year: 251
Distance to Major Cities: 30 Minutes to Carson City, 45 Minutes to Reno
Motor Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Paddleboard Rentals Available: Yes

2: Zephyr Cove

Zephyr Cove SUP
The other major Nevada based beach on Lake Tahoe is the Zephyr Cove Marina. The water here is a bit warmer and friendlier than Crystal Bay, and touring enthusiasts are especially attracted to the rocks and small islands that dot the cove.

The water near the shore is incredibly family-friendly, while going out towards the lake’s center will let you ride the waves made by motorboats and the wind. With other paddleboard rental companies and guides located right on the mile-long beach, Zephyr cove Marina is also worth paying a trip to while you’re paddling Lake Tahoe.

Average Clear Weather Days per Year: 214
Distance to Major Cities: 30 Minutes to Carson City, 1 Hour to Reno
Motor Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Paddleboard Rentals Available: Yes

3: Lake Mead

Lake Mead SUP
The largest reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead, is 247 square miles (that’s 158,000 acres!) of water that has something new for paddlers every time they head out. By heading to the Hoover Dam, you can get close to one of America’s most famous sights and also rent the gear you need to embark on a SUPing adventure.

Fishing is prevalent on Lake Mead, with Lake Mead hosting the first Bass Master World Championship, with other competitions and contests growing more popular by the year. Several planes and vehicles have crashed into Lake Mead, making it a fun location for scuba divers who like to examine the wrecks and try to search for other treasures. With beautiful sights on and off the water, Lake Mead is one of the best places to paddleboard not just in Nevada but the whole United States.

Average Clear Weather Days per Year: 294
Distance to Major Cities: 30 Minutes to Las Vegas
Motor Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Paddleboard Rentals Available: Yes

4: Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas SUP
Everyone visiting Nevada will make a trip to Las Vegas sooner or later, so take the time to paddle on Lake Las Vegas while you’re in the area! Lake Las Vegas is right on the edge of the city, and it provides a great look of the gleaming city for those who want to capture a few shots of the metropolis.

While much of Lake Las Vegas is calm, perfect for paddling with kids and or beginner paddlers, Lake Las Vegas Water Sports will help you tour around and see some of the cooler, harder to reach sights. With paddleboard rentals available by the hour or as part of an unlimited use season pass, Lake Las Vegas is a top-rated paddleboarding destination in southern Nevada.

Average Clear Weather Days per Year: 294
Distance to Major Cities: 30 Minutes to Las Vegas
Motor Vehicles Allowed: Limited
Paddleboard Rentals Available: Yes

5: Cold Lakes

Cold Lakes SUP

The Cold Lakes are a pair of glacial tarns in the northern Ruby Mountains. At 9,800’, this is one of the highest paddleboarding spots you can visit in the US. While these two small lakes are relatively small, they do offer a majestic and unforgettable paddling experience you won’t be able to emulate anywhere else in the country, let alone the world.

The Cold Lakes do not have any nearby SUPing rentals or tour guides available, and it does take a bit of driving to get to them. However, if you want to practice yoga or cruise in total silence while taking in the beautiful mountain landscape, you’ll want to add the Cold Lakes to your paddleboarding itinerary! Just make sure you bring a wetsuit/drysuit along, as this is also one of the coldest lakes to paddleboard as part of our United States SUPing series.

Average Clear Weather Days per Year: 231
Distance to Major Cities: 1 Hour to Elko
Motor Vehicles Allowed: No
Paddleboard Rentals Available: No

Conclusion: Plan Your Paddle Board Trip and Have Fun!

Thank you for reading about our top paddleboarding destinations for the state of Nevada! We’ve had the privilege of visiting a few of these locations, but a couple of them have been added based upon other paddlers’ recommendations. If you’ve been to one of these spots in Nevada, or you have another lake you would like to suggest, let us know by leaving a comment below or sending us an email with your thoughts!

As we mentioned in our article, we also have a top fifteen paddleboarding destination list for the whole US that you can read right now! While you’re here, you can also visit our latest SUP reviews, instructional guides, and in-depth videos breaking down the best and latest trends within the SUP industry.

Thank you so much for visiting SUPBoardGuide.com! We hope you enjoy paddleboarding in Nevada!

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