What is the average temperature in July? Is it warm enough to swim?
What is the average temperature in July? Is it warm enough to swim?
Depends on how warm you need the water to be. The water is freezing but it still gets warm enough for people to brave the water for a swim. Elevation is high so it is generally 70s & 80s. If it gets too high in the 80s you feel like you're gonna die. When it's in the 80s it's plenty warm to require a dip in the lake.
Then it cools off at night.
Summer time in Tahoe is our favorite vacation! The air is so clean and the sky is so blue. The warm days are so relaxing for us.
The lake is cold but when we stayed on the North Shore at the Hyatt there were many people on the beach and swimming in the lake. Many just floated on rafts. We couldn't believe how the little kids thought nothing of the cold water.
We cooled our toes off though.
We also took a great sail boat ride around part of the lake. It was wonderful.
Oh did you take the Sierra Cloud out of the Hyatt? We had so much fun on our two sails with them.
I swim in Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake on a regular basis in July. The water is cold, but refreshing.
We took the catamaran out off the Hyatt dock. The name escapes me right now. The crew served wine and beverages and cheese and crackers and they were so nice and informative. We have taken done this a few times also because it is so relaxing.
What part of July? The beginning of July, it's chilly, but doable, depending on what you can tolerate (kids won't mind!). The end of July is good - August is the best, by the time September rolls around the air is cool again, and you're cold getting out of the water.
We stay at the Hyatt in Incline Village, every July 4th week and enjoy the lake and good weather, which is usually about 78 degrees. None of us are swimming laps in the lake (we use the pools for that) but it's fine for wading, rafting, renting kayaks, etc. We do bring a sweatshirt for watching the firework at the lake, since we are sitting outside for a couple hours in the evening around 9 PM.
We usually take the Sierra Cloud on the sunset cruise too, love the lake at that time of evening.
I posted this on a thread in the Nevada forum. we always go in July which next to Sept is my favoirite time of year in Tahoe. Besides swimming and the Sierra Cloud catamaran here are some other things to do:
If you can swing it rent a boat. But stay off the east side of the lake after about 2:30 as the wind kicks up and it gets rough.
You can shop and eat at the village area, take a scenic ride on the Heavenly gondola or visit casinos. The Heavenly gondola provides great views. There is also a zip line they have now. I have not taken it but my boss said it was amazing.
Zephyr Cove is good for lake cruises and water craft rentals or walk on the beach. I’d take jus the lake cruise rather than the lake cruise with meal as there are nice restaurants around the lake for excellent food.
Also a superior lake cruise is aboard the Safari Rose. I recommend this because it goeas along the west side in areas that can only be reached or seen from the lake. You will see the very beautiful Rubicon area also known as Tahoe’s Gold Coast.
Other great beaches in SLT are Pope, Camp Richardson (love this area) and Baldwin. All of these are past the Y which is really now a 4 way light but habits are hard to break!
You should visit the Tallac site.
Also if you are interested in fish this is pretty interesting:
Hikes to take near South Lake Tahoe are the Moraine Trail which is a pretty easy hike of 1 mile (one-way) Walk a relatively flat trail through the forest and along the shore of picturesque Fallen Leaf Lake. Take Highway 89 to Fallen Leaf Road. Continue approximately 2/3 of a mile to Fallen Leaf Campground. Drive through the campground and park just before campsite #75 on the right Look for the trailhead sign near the parking area.
Another hike is Angora Lakes which is an easy hike and hikers are rewarded with several lakes. You can rent row boats or just swim and lay around on the sandy beach. It’s only ½ mile and the scenery when you get there is great. The lake is surrounded by cliffs and giant rocks. Take Highway 89 to Fallen Leaf Lake Road and turn left. Turn left at the first paved road. Continue to Forest Service Road 12N14 and turn right. Watch for bicyclists along this road. Continue past Angora Lookout to the road's end at the parking lot. The little store there is famous for its lemon ade.
On the West side on 89:
Vikingsholm at Emerald Bay with short side hikes to Eagle Falls or Cascade Lake & Falls
Emerald Bay - Vikingsholm Trail starts at the parking area on the north side of Emerald Bay, on Highway 89. It's a wide, well-maintained trail, but fairly steep, about 2½ miles round trip. At the bottom of the trail is a picnic area, as well as world-famous Vikingsholm, a replica of a Scandinavian castle. The island in Emerald bay had a tea room on it and the remnants are still there only in poor shape due to vandals.
Eagle Falls / Eagle Lake Trail starts at Eagle Falls Picnic Area, highway 89 across from Emerald Bay. Permits are required on this hike and a self-registration station is at the trailhead. The hike is only about 2 miles round trip to Eagle Lake (only about 1/3 mile to the falls); the terrain varies from steep to flat and crosses beautiful Eagle Falls on a steel footbridge.
Cascade Lake & Falls – (Might be dryish but the views are worth the short walk/hike) Turn into the Bayview Campground across fro Emerald Bay Inspiration Point, drive to the end and park at the trailhead. Take the trail that veers left. Spectacular views of the 200 foot high falls and Cascade Lake can be seen from this short trail.
You can also take a trail that leads north around Emerald Bay and comes out at DL Bliss. Stunning views form this trail, stuff you can’t see from the road.
Also on 89 on the west side you can find any or all of the following:
DL Bliss – nice beach but very hard to get into so if you go get really early start.
Meeks Bay – great beach, there is a grill shack right on the beach. Paddle boats and tricycles available for rent. Beautiful views of the lake.
Sugar Pine Point – Beautiful grounds and daily tours of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
Chambers Landing – It has 2 beach sections. One part is roped off as private and the other part is open to the public. Not really great sand, and the shore is rocky. The best part is the dock with the historic Chambers Bar at the end. This place will be hopping on weekends. Many people boat in and the dock is like a party at happy hour, reduced Chambers Punch prices.
You can also rent bikes and ride along the bike path from Tahoe City southward all the way to just south of Sugar Pine or north along the Truckee River.
River rafting out of Tahoe City. Take an ice chest full of your favorite beverage and food supplies. Rafting is completely weather dependent.
Nice beach in Tahoe City is Commons Beach:
You can take the tram up to High Camp for a great day of hiking around or sitting at the pool and giant Jacuzzi or ice skating. Lots to do there.
Sand Harbor is a fantastic beach. You must go there for at least one day or for a visit.
Sand Harbor also has the Shakespeare festival every summer. Right on the lake.
Tour Thunderbird Lodge. Quite Historic and amazing:
Better yet do the cruise and come in from the lake side. So pretty form the lake:
You can go mountain bike riding at Northstar. northstarattahoe.com/info/summer/biking.asp
Check out the Fire Lookout for amazing views of the lake:
From Incline heading west near the Biltmore casino turn north on Reservoir Road. Then turn right onto Lakeview Ave. Continue on this road, if it forks stay left and do not turn onto Tuscarora. It will bend back before you reach the parking area for the short walk to the lookout. The lookout provides you with really beautiful views of the area and lake.
Hang out at the beaches in Incline.
Oh if only it were summer now!
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