Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour
Explore the Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site and arrive by Kayak! We start our adventure at the beautiful Sand Harbor State Beach on Lake Tahoe's magnificent East Shore. After getting outfitted and covering a comprehensive paddling lesson, we begin our journey with an easy 1.5 mile paddle along pristine coastline to the beach at Thunderbird Lodge.
After a rest and snacks, knowledgeable tour guides take visitors on an hour walk throughout the Whittell estate, including the Lighthouse Room, the Old Lodge, the maids' quarters and original kitchen, as well as a trip through the 600' underground tunnel leading to the infamous Card House and Boat House. In the Boat House you may find the fabulous yacht, Thunderbird, built for George Whittell in 1939. The yacht is a 55' long, John Hacker design with mahogany hull and dual aircraft engines and is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece built in a bygone era. The tour then follows the Dragon's Tail path, past the waterfall and fountain to the Cook and Butler's House.
After our tour, a delicious deli spread lunch will be served on the beach before our short paddle back to Sand Harbor.
Tour includes kayak, paddle, PFD, knowledgeable guide, instruction, natural and human history discussions, $39 donation to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, permit fees, snacks, deli spread lunch and beverages.
Typical Distance and Time: 3 miles. 9am to 2pm.
Level of Difficulty: Easy.
Location: Sand Harbor State Park.
Cost: $125 per person 2 person minimum. A $39 donation per person will be made to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society.
If you have your own kayak and wish to kayak to take the guided tour without lunch, the rate is $79.
Offered Every Tuesday and by custom dates June-September or by special arrangement. Tours start at Sand Harbor State Park. A $12 State Park parking fee applies.