Monday, March 25, 2013

South Lake Tahoe & Upper Truckee SUP

I recently spent a few days dog sitting in South Lake and got a couple days of paddling in.  Since the forecast called for warm temps and sunshine I went up armed with paddling & skiing gear.  Instead of skiing uncrowded spring conditions I opted to hit the lake.

looking down on Emerald Bay & Fannette Island
Even though the water temp was in the low 40's, the air was almost 65, the wind was light and the cool air was penetrated by strong, warm sunshine making it feel a bit warmer than it was.  For a mellow paddle I decided to have a look at the Upper Truckee River for the first time.  From what I gathered on the chart it's shallow with little current at the mouth and a bit more upriver as it narrows and turns.  It was really fun paddling up the slow current, following the deep-water channel from bend to bend among the narrow widths.  Snow covered river banks provided an awesome setting to get away from everything and enjoy winter in a different way.  

glassy conditions
the mouth of the Upper Truckee
up the Upper Truckee


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