Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

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Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:16 pm

Hello good folks!

I'm going for two nights up to gorgeous lake tahoe in a couple of weeks. I'm going to spend the night on my boat. I'll post some pics and hopefully some vids too!

Any recommendations on where to throw the hook, restaurants, etc...??
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:23 pm

Nothing?

I’ll try to post lots of pics!
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:20 am

Well, Rubicon Bay on the west side of the lake is where I think I’ll spend the first night. It has been described as an alpine carribean vista!
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby MyPleasure » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:57 am

Absolutely Gorgeous.....thanks for sharing
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:52 pm

So, my tahoe overnighting on the hook trip was a HUGE success!! :mrgreen:

The water was amazing and the vistas just blew my mind.

I stayed 2 nights anchored and in the day, explored all over this massive lake.

For information for anyone else who wants to do this, I'll try to catalog my observations and tips.

Anchoring overnight is pretty much permitted EVERYWHERE for upto 72 hours. The only 2 rules are 200 yd away from a creek and not in designated areas (marinas, channels, marked swimming areas, etc..)

All watercraft have to be inspected and any water seen will make it so that the inspectors run 140 degree water to kill any living creatures. They charge by the foot.

You have to buy a pass to go on the lake as well. There are weekly passes and season passes.

My inspection and pass fees came to $160.

I decided to launch from Tahoe Keys marina. They will store your trailer, but you can't park your towing vehicle overnight there. You have to keep your vehicle on the street and try to avoid a parking ticket.

On the phone, I was told that I could park my truck there, obviously there was a misunderstanding. So make sure you have a plan to park your towing vehicle at tahoe.

I was a little nervous because Lake tahoe can get thunderstorms and since it is a BIG lake (the largest alpine lake in the US!) it can get rough. Also the water is at a balmy 69-71 degrees. However, once I made it on the lake, and found my anchorage, my fears were allayed. The weather report also called for a picture perfect weekend, so that helped.

On to the pictures. Hang in there with me as uploading pics to the forum was a little tricky as I had to resize them a few times so that they would upload. Now with photobucket effectively gone and no real alternative yet, uploading is all I got right now. I hope you enjoy and share!!

On thursday evening, as I was preparing to leave, I was doing my usual final overview of my rig to make sure everything looked good and I happened to see a big chunk of thread missing from inside my passenger front tire!! Ack! If you don't know lake tahoe, it has an elevation of 6,200 feet with passes reaching upwards of 7,300ft. There was NO way I was going to take that risk, even if it was only myself in the rig.

Luckily, I found a tire shop that was able to mount a new commercial tire on my F450. Whew, good to go!
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:58 pm

I was at a distance of 218 miles from Lake Tahoe, so I wanted to try to break up my drive.

I spent the first night on my boat at a walmart just outside of Sacramento. I should've passed sacramento before stopping for the night because traffic was a nightmare in the morning.
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:02 pm

The rest of the tow was unremarkable up to lake tahoe. My F450 tows like a dream and is loaded with all the bells and whistles, so it makes a lovely drive up.

There was no white knuckle driving up and around the mountain passes.

Once in the lake tahoe area, I had to stop for my boat inspection.

They were very happy and caring folks. They really were impressed that I knew every system and how to access them. They didn't charge me the extra fee of the hot water treatment.

You may have seen the "keep tahoe blue" stickers on cars and such, and this is a program to do just that. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful lake.
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:07 pm

The launch ramp at tahoe keys was nothing short of amazing.

I've never had an attendant at the launch ramp and I'm very capable of launching and retrieving my boat solo, but these guys were GOOD!

I didn't even have to get out of my truck! They held my boat while I parked everything!

Once on the water, I could start seeing the beautiful blue waters calling out.

Really, the pics don't do this beautiful place justice.
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:14 pm

Once I was out of the marina and on to the lake, I could not believe how gorgeous it was!!
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I was tickled pink when I looked over the gunwale to retrieve my fender. The water is crystal clear!
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:19 pm

As I like to know where I'm going to be sleeping before I can feel "settled" I motored directly over to my chosen anchorage spot: Rubicon Bay.

The image that appeared was just like the photos above: light blues, green and browns in contrast with dark blue water. Simply amazing. I knew I had found "my spot". :)
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:23 pm

After motoring around and exploring just the west side of the lake, I decided I'd anchor for the evening.
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:27 pm

Since, I'd just changed out the white underwater lights that came with my 28 express to blue, I wanted to get some pics of them at night. I waited WAY too long after dark to fly my mavic pro. I did indeed fly it and I did indeed get some night time pics, but flying and landing that thing at night was a little to nerve racking to do for long.

Here is one pic I got. Next time, I think I'll try for some dusk pics of the under water lights.
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:31 pm

In the morning, the calm, clear waters of tahoe were calling!
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby EpicWakeJump » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:41 pm

The next day, I had some family come by and spend the day and another buddy came with his boat. I didn't get anymore pics, but I think these few pics are a reasonable start!

Some final observations on lake tahoe (really, boating at altitude): I felt like my boat lost 20% of it's power. The difference between sea level and 6,200 feet was unbelievable. I would never say that my 28 express is over powered with the 300 hp volvo at sea level (even underproped at sea level!), but at lake tahoe, it was down right sluggish.

With 4 people on board, my 28 express could only get on plane with a tail wind. Most of the day with some family and friend was spent at 15 mph as that's as fast as it could go at altitude.

Since I am underproped at sea level (I can go well over 5400 rpm and more), I thought I'd be OK at elevation. I was mistaken. The rule of thumb is to go down 2 prop sizes to compensate for Lake tahoe elevation. I could not get over 3200 rpm. As I am already at the smallest propeller range (I am running FH2's) I will either have to regear or resize another set of FH2's for tahoe boating in the future.

This may just make me want to repower with the 430 HP afterall.......
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Re: Overnighting on the Hook at Lake Tahoe

Postby irish86 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:02 pm

Those pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing
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