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Kayakers on Lake Tahoe.

Lake Safety Tips

It may be hot outside, but Lake Tahoe is cold. The lake’s average surface temperature in July is 63 degrees, but it can drop to 53 degrees just 18 inches below the surface. Here are few tips for a fun and safe day at the lake:

Ease in slowly. 
Take your time getting in the water. Give your body time to adjust to the cooler temperature.
 
Follow the rules.
Swimmers should stay in designated areas. If you are paddling, wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Non-motorized crafts have the right-of-way, but be aware of power boats.

Watch for obstacles.
If you are jumping into the water, scout out any obstacles and jump in feet first. When paddling, know how to look for and avoid obstacles.

Be weather-aware.
On Lake Tahoe, weather varies by the hour.  Don’t wait for the weather to change. Be aware of your surroundings and know the easiest way to shore.