If you’re looking for a fun and social activity to enjoy during the summer months in Lake Tahoe, you might want to consider giving pickleball a try. The sport has gained popularity in the last few years, making it a great social activity that will help keep you in shape. Here are several places to play pickleball in Lake Tahoe.
What is PickleBall?
Pickleball is a racket sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is typically played on a court that is smaller than a standard tennis court and features a lower net. The court is divided into two sides, each with a service area, a non-volley zone, and a baseline.
Pickleball can be played by two or four players using solid paddles to hit a perforated ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net.
Where to Play Pickleball in Lake Tahoe
There are a few places where you can play pickleball in Lake Tahoe, California. Here are some options:
Kilner Park Tahoe City
The Tahoe City Public Utility District planned the pickleball court construction at Kilner Park in conjunction with a tennis court resurfacing project. During the project, one of the two tennis courts was converted to four permanent pickleball courts, and temporary pickleball court striping was added to the other tennis court.
Kilner Park now offers both pickleball and tennis! There is a small area outside the courts to put up a folding chair! Kilner Park has restrooms and a water fountain. There is pickleball organized play on Mom; Wed; Fri and Saturday mornings!
Address: 410 Ward Ave Tahoe City, CA 96145
Incline Village Tennis and Pickleball Center
The Incline Village Tennis & Pickleball Center is open to the public and has twelve pickleball courts available for drop-in play, lessons, programs, tournaments, and private events. A minimum of four people is required for drop-in play. During the summer, equipment rentals and sales are available in their Pro Shop including demo paddles, court shoes, and apparel. Proper non-marking court shoes are required.
There is pickleball open play every day starting between 8 am and 9 am. There are fees which vary for residents and non-residents of Incline Village.
Address: 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451
South Lake Tahoe Parks & Recreation Swim Complex
The South Lake Tahoe Parks and Rec Swim Complex is a public swimming facility located near Highway 50. The Recreation and Swim Complex has pickleball courts that are open to the public. There is a daily fee and paddles and balls will be available and included in that day-use fee.
The fee for use will be included in the existing day-use fee and multi-use punch cards.
There is one fee for full facility access all day!
- Adults $6.00
- Seniors/Disabled $5.00
- Youth $4.00
Paddles and balls will be available and included in the day-use fee.
Address: 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
Tahoe Paradise Park
Tahoe Paradise Park is a public park located in Meyers California, just a few minutes from South Lake Tahoe. The park is situated in a forested area and offers a variety of recreational activities and amenities for visitors of all ages. There are eight permanent pickleball courts onsite. There is daily open/organized play typically 9a – 12p, earlier when hot and later when cold.
Bathrooms and drinking water are inside the clubhouse near the courts. Parking is free outside park gate, $5 inside
Address: 1011 E San Bernardino Ave South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Kahle Community Center
Kahle Community Center is one of the most popular places to play pickleball in Stateline, NV,. There are 2 indoor courts. The lines are permanent, and portable nets are available. A one-time fee is required to play.
Adults and Seniors can play Monday, Wednesday & Friday during 9:00-11:00 am. The Kahle Community Center has equipment or you can bring your own. Players have access to food, restrooms, and water.
Address: 236 Kingsbury Grade Rd, Stateline, NV 89449
Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association
Situated on the lakefront by the Tahoe Keys Pavilion, there are four courts available for open play, first come, first served, no reservations required.
Note: All Tahoe Keys amenities are for the exclusive use of TKPOA homeowners and their guests.
Address: 356 Ala Wai Blvd South Lake Tahoe CA 96150.
As always, it’s a good idea to check with the specific location for availability and any necessary reservations before heading out to play.
What Do You Need to Play Pickleball?
The pickleball paddle resembles a large ping pong paddle, though sized and shaped more like a tennis racquet. Paddles typically have a graphite or composite face and vary in weight, grip size, and surface texture. Lighter paddles around 7.0 to 7.6 ounces are preferred for quick volleys at the non-volley zone line while heavier paddles provide more power on groundstrokes. Finding the right paddle size, grip, weight, and materials can enhance a player’s performance and comfort.
The perforated plastic ball is slightly smaller than a baseball and has holes to reduce wind resistance and slow the ball’s speed down. Pair your paddle and ball with a good pair of tennis shoes and find a court with a net. You are all set to play pickleball!
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