The alpine lakes of the Lakes Basin Recreation Area along with the larger Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake make the Lost Sierra a paddler’s paradise. Stand-up paddlers, kayakers and canoeists will all find a place to put-in and paddle.
Gold Lake is the largest in the Lakes Basin, and at 6,000 feet it is situated perfectly to be cool in summer when lower elevations are sizzling. Surrounded by rugged peaks, Gold Lake is best paddled earlier in the day, as afternoon winds can make for choppy water.
Salmon Lake isn't as large as Gold Lake, but it's perfect for exploring from the water. Try rock jumping or paddle to the island for a picnic.
Lower Sardine Lake
With the majestic Sierra Buttes as the backdrop, Lower Sardine Lake is worth the trip just for the view. A paddle across the lake can be turned into a hike up to Upper Sardine. Paddle back to Sardine Lake Lodge for a cocktail.
Graeagle Mill Pond
With almost 30 miles of shoreline, Lake Davis offers paddlers many private beaches and inlets that make for a relaxing experience. There are four boat launches around the lake, which make it easy to explore the various sections. Depending on the adventure, Lake Davis is perfect for all levels of paddlers.
Even though a large lake with more than 1,500 acres of surface area, Frenchman is an ideal destination for novice and expert paddlers. Unlike Lake Davis, Frenchman is popular with powerboat users, so it can be busy in the summer months.
Graeagle Mill Pond
The Mill Pond is one of the most popular Graeagle attractions. A family oriented destination, it's a great spot for beginners to get the feel of a paddle board without the distractions of powerboats and other watercraft.
Staying at Nakoma is an escape from the traffic and crowds you’ll find in Truckee-Tahoe. We offer a beautifully modern resort surrounded by high peaks and forests, all with a pace of life as measured as the mountains.