Enjoying Summer with Obexer's


When we think of summer in Tahoe, the first thing that comes to mind is getting on the lake! On West Shore Tahoe, there’s no place better than Obexer’s Boat Co. to get you on the water. The shop’s been a staple of the area since its creation in 1911 by founder J.P. Obexer. Over the years, the business has adapted to fit the current needs of the community. General Manager, Darren Kramer, says that Obexer's was originally a fishery for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, then it started delivering oil via barge to the early Tahoe families such as the Bliss', Dollar's, Kaiser's and more. Since then, “the business has continued to evolve to what we are today,” says Kramer.

What Obexer’s is today is a full-service marina and boatyard. “We are a one stop shop for all your boating needs, from storage, service, gas dock & launch ramp, wood boat restoration, boat parts and accessories store and more,” explains Kramer. Head to Obexer’s to grab water ski or wakeboard lessons, jet ski rentals, or guided boat rides around the lake. Even if your boat and water sports needs have been taken care of, you should still go see the annual Concours d’Elegance show, which is a boat show that showcases classic wooden boats that have restored to the highest level of authenticity as they appeared when they were shipped from the factory.

Withstanding 108 years of business in Tahoe is quite a feat; businesses on the lake are subjected to a lot of uncontrollable factors, like fluctuations in tourism and water/snow levels. Obexer’s has survived not only more than a century, but has kept its ownership within the Obexer family. “It's becoming rarer to work for a family business and who's decision are made not solely based on the bottom line,” says Kramer. Now run by J.P.’s great granddaughter, Sarah Obexer, the familiar feeling of family and community has extended itself to Obexer’s customers. Kramer states that “we pride ourselves on the family atmosphere and getting to know our staff. [Our favorite part of the business is] the wonderful community we live in and holding onto our small town feeling.”

Quick Fire

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Truckee?

Backcountry skiing on the West Shore


Where is your go-to place when you need to relax?

Desolation Wilderness or out on the boat on the Gold Coast


Where is your favorite spot to grab a cocktail or bite to eat?



Snow bum or beach bum?

Snow bum


Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?

The boatyard in the summer and the backcountry in the winter

Truckee and North Tahoe are growing so quickly! What are you most excited about in this new development?

Ideally redeveloping old buildings and property as opposed to complete new development. Truckee has done so much to make the downtown area a go-to spot with newer restaurants and Tahoe City needs to follow their lead and hopefully fill the vacant spaces. A hotel near the golf course would be great for the town!