Updated: July 13, 2023

Step into the rustic charm of Camp Richardson, where time stands still amidst the captivating beauty of Lake Tahoe.

From water sports and hiking trails to beach relaxation and ice cream cones, this guide will unveil the must-try activities that will make you feel like a kid again during your summer vacation at Camp Richardson. 

Get ready to soak up the sun, embrace the mountain air, and embark on an adventure-filled summer in Lake Tahoe!

1. Biking

biking in lake tahoe

Camp Richardson has scenic Best of Tahoe biking trails that go on for 6 miles for you and your family to enjoy! 

You can rent bikes from Mountain Sports at Camp Richardson, so you don’t have to worry about hauling the bikes yourself!

Bike Rental Rates at Mountain Sports

  • Adult Hybrid Bikes: $15 for the first hour & $5 for each additional hour.
  • Children’s Bikes & Trailers: $10 for the first hour & $5 for each additional hour.

South Lake Tahoe Biking Map

2. Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboarding

kayakers at camp richardson

At Camp Richardson, you can easily enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding with our convenient water rentals

Spend some peaceful time on the water and enjoy the stunning views!

Kayak and Paddleboard Rental Rates


  • Single: $35/1 hour, $70/2 hours, $105/4 hours
  • Double: $45/1 hour, $90/2 hours, $135/4 hours

Stand-Up Paddleboards (ages 14 and up)

  • $40/1 hour, $80/2 hour, $120/3 hour

3. Hiking

lake tahoe hiking views

Pack up some food and a hammock, and take a hike along some of the best hiking trails in Tahoe! 

Throughout Camp Rich, you’ll find incredible hiking trails where you can step away from your phone and take time to yourself or time with your partner or family.

4. Boating

boating in lake tahoe

Looking for another way to spend the day on the water? Camp Richardson Marina has boat rentals available! 

Spend hours with your friends and family on the water with one of our boat rentals, or for an elevated experience, check out our relaxing Rum Runner Cruise.

5. Go to the Beach

lake tahoe beach at camp richardson

Reminiscing about long, lazy beach days? Looking to get some sun? Camp Rich has the best Tahoe beaches to relive those summer memories! 

Head to one of our clean and sandy beaches to lay out a towel or chair and catch some rays.

6. Have a Campfire

camp fire

Nothing says summer like a campfire! 

Roast marshmallows, cook hotdogs, and bring a guitar to strum along while you watch the logs crackle. Campfires are one of our favorite summer memories, so it’s a must-have on your Camp Rich summer adventure list!

7. Hammocking

hammocks in woods

Hammocking is a peaceful way to spend a few hours of your day! 

Find a spot between two trees and set up your hammock. Bring a book or journal while you sway, and you’ll be sure to find the mental peace and mindfulness that you’ve been missing.

8. Jet Skiing

jet skiing in lake tahoe

Make more memories on the water with our jet ski rentals

You can zoom around crystal-clear Lake Tahoe, laughing and enjoying the summer air. This would be the perfect opportunity to get the family together and enjoy a fun water activity!

9. Stargazing


Camp Richardson is the place for stargazing! 

Once the campfire starts to die down, take a look up at the stars and see how many you can count. 

Point out constellations to your loved ones or find some new ones that you haven’t seen before!

10. Card & Board Games

cards on table

Gather your family around a picnic table and start playing one of your favorite games!

 This is a great way to spend time together, talk and enjoy a little relaxed competition while spending time outside.

11. Swimming

swimming in lake tahoe

Put on your favorite swimsuit and hop in the water! 

Swimming is a great way for you to enjoy the summer weather while catching a tan. Plus, it can be a great way to work out and be active during the day.

12. Have an Ice Cream Cone

kid eating ice cream cone

After a long day in the sun, what’s better than an ice cream cone to cool you off? 

Complete your day with award-winning ice cream from our old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlor located right at Camp Richardson!

Spend Your Summer in Lake Tahoe

These are just a few Lake Tahoe summer activities that you can experience at Camp Richardson!

We love that all of these activities can be done without a screen and can take you back to the days when you didn’t have a care in the world other than what you were going to have for lunch after hanging out at the beach.

Book your stay at Camp Richardson now to have an unforgettable summer adventure with your loved ones while building on the memories that your children will have as they grow up!

Questions about lodging or things to do in Lake Tahoe? Let’s talk!