Thunderbird Lodge Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe




Thunderbird Lake Tahoe is home to America’s most recognizable—and possibly most valuable—wooden speedboat, the venerable Thunderbird yacht. Since America’s Great Depression, Thunderbird has transported guests in opulent luxury between high-mountain estates and luxury resorts. Thunderbird Lodge, a majestic waterfront estate and National Historic Site, offers three-story waterfalls cascading past the granite boulders in front of the Old Lodge. As you pass through the gated entrance, you'll enter an oasis of secluded tranquility. The surrounding grounds include a lakeside lawn, two patios, a gazebo, a private sandy cove, and an intricate network of stone pathways and terraces. The Lighthouse Room with floor-to-ceiling windows make this room a marvelous, panoramic interior space. Built around a soaring masonry lighthouse, it sits right on the water's edge. Chartering Thunderbird Yacht will help save this iconic vessel for generations to come. Charitable contributions for private cocktail cruises start as low as $5,000. Thunderbird can comfortably carry 16 passengers. Yacht cruises may be combined with Thunderbird Lake Tahoe’s elegant Dinner-at-the-Castle for a truly memorable evening. For a full-throttle experience, look no further than Thunderbird Yacht for your wedding, corporate function, family gathering, or special occasions.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Private Club, Park/Garden, Ocean/Waterfront View, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 40 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 40 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 90 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 11:00AM. Earlier time can be arranged within the allotted 12-hour rental timeframe. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

The fee is $50,000 (with $38,000 being considered a charitable deduction) for a ceremony and reception for exclusive bookings booked on either a Friday or Saturday event. The rental includes 12 hours of event time (11:00AM to 11:00PM) excluding set up and clean up time. For smaller affairs, we offer a Champagne Ceremony-Only package for a fee of $10,000 (with $8,000 being considered a charitable deduction) offered Tuesday through Saturday only. A refundable security deposit of 50% of the site rental fee is required. The can provide a list of preferred licensed caterers and event planners. The venue offers a 'bring your own beverages' to your event. *The historic site may be rented only by those who have made a significant contribution to the charitable programs of the non-profit Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society. The money raised from weddings preserves Nevada's only house-museum estate at Lake Tahoe. And, as a non-profit organization, a portion of the contribution may be tax-deductible. Limited weddings are booked per year at the venue.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Thunderbird Lodge Lake Tahoe is estimated at between $57,540 and $66,477 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


BYO, Choose from List



Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Ceremony arch
Dance floor
Coat check room
Outdoor lighting
Day-of coordinator
Full kitchen facilities
Parking can be arranged

Special Restrictions

Wedding coordinator required
BYO alcohol
Valet parking or shuttle service required
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 11:00PM
No open flame
Shuttle or commercially operated boat is required for guest arrivals