Wooden Boat Week at Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, USA

Image via Wikipedia

If you are in California or Nevada think about going to Lake Tahoe from August 12-13, 2011 and join in the fun of the Lake Tahoe Concours D’Elegance Gar Wood.

The wooden boat show has hundreds of classic and antique wooden boats, many very old including Cris Crafts and others.

They are beautiful boats in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.  A deep alpine lake high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Wooden boats are so cool and the folks that restore, maintain, show and race them are amazing people.  Kind of like hot rod or hot chopper aficionados, except their toys are on the water.

Where is the show??

Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe- California


Sierra Boat Company Marina
5146 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay, CA
North Shore Lake Tahoe

Click here for map

Cal-Trans Info: 1-800-427-7623               1-800-427-7623
Nevada Roads Info: 1-877-687-6237        1-877-687-6237

From the West:
From San Francisco/Sacramento/Truckee:
Option One:
Past Northstar through Martis Valley: Travel Interstate 80 east, pass the Truckee exits, take exit 188B toward Lake Tahoe. Be sure to go under the overpass to the 188B exit – pay attention not to veer right onto 188A. Turn right onto Route 267 south and proceed 12 miles to Highway 28 in Kings Beach. Turn right (the Lake is on your left) and proceed 3 miles west on Highway 28 (North Lake Boulevard) to Carnelian Bay.

Option Two:
Past Squaw Valley, along the Truckee River: Travel Interstate 80 east to Truckee, south on Highway 89 to Tahoe City. Highway 89 turns into Highway 28 (North Lake Boulevard) as you get to the only light in Tahoe City. Go straight through the light (the Lake is on your right), through Tahoe City, and travel 6 miles east on Highway 28 to Carnelian Bay.

From the East:
From Reno:
Travel Interstate 80 west to exit Route 267/188B toward Lake Tahoe. Turn left on Route 267 South 12 miles to Highway 28 (North Lake Boulevard) in Kings Beach. Turn right on Highway 28 (the Lake is on your left). Travel 3 miles west on Highway 28 to Carnelian Bay.

From the South:
Option One:
Past Emerald Bay, on Tahoe’s West Shore: Travel Highway 89 north, past Emerald Bay, turn right at the “Y” (the only stop light) in Tahoe City. Travel 6 miles east (the Lake is on your right) on Highway 28 (North Lake Boulevard) to Carnelian Bay.

Option Two:
Past Incline Village, via Tahoe’s East Shore: Travel Highway 50 east to Highway 28, turn left and continue north 21 miles through Incline Village and Kings Beach to Carnelian Bay (the Lake is on your left).

Where to stay??

Well, you have many choices including the casinos and hotels of South Lake Tahoe, casinos and hotels of North Shore Lake Tahoe, Reno and that area.

On the north shore I always liked Tahoe City and especially Sunnyside, the lakeside restaurant and bar perfectly compliment this traditional mountain retreat with their own beach.

There are a number of great cruise boats on the lake including the old paddlewheeler, the MS Dixie.  Lots of fun, and so many outdoor things to do at Tahoe including hiking, mountain climbing, biking and just a great area to ride your motorcycles.

Update September 8th:  “The Tahoe Yacht Club presented 40 awards honoring the best of the best at the 39th Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance Wooden Boat Show held August 12-13 in Carnelian Bay, Calif “, from a great article at The Sierra Food Wine & Art website.

The Overall Best of Show is a perpetual award and was won by JoAnn, a 1939 19-foot Gar Wood custom Runabout.  For the very first time, the boat winning the Overall Best in Show award also won the Marque Class Best of Show besting 30 other Gar Wood boats in its class.  This remarkable boat also won the Best Professional Restoration award, another perpetual award.  This award-winning boat is owned by Jonathan and Jean Trevillyan of Acton, California.

See the site at the above link for the other awards, boats and winners.

Great job to all of the entrants and the folks who work so hard each year to bring this event to us.



  1. Thank you and now I must trek to Tahoe City for a good burger!!


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