Select Saturdays and Wednesdays during the months of July & August (call for availability). 

This year our featured in-water ride boat is Star Dust. Our ride boat program will be open to the public for 30 minute rides each; adults $25, and kids under 12 yrs $15. Reservations required: 530.583.9283 Ext. 103.

The ride boat launches from Obexer’s Marina, south of the Center on Hwy 89 in Homewood, CA. First boat departs at 8:30 am, last boat departs at 11:30 am.

As a $250 & $500 Museum member, you can ride Star Dust at a discounted rate. As a Friend of the Museum, you can ride our boat free of charge! If you would like to receive this and many other great benefits, please contact the Museum about becoming a member at 530.583.9283 ext. 100 or email us at



Ever wanted to book Star Dust for a private ride?  Now you can!  Museum members and visitors alike can rent Star Dust for an hourly rate of $300 for up to six total passengers.  Private rides depart from and return to Obexer’s Marina.

For wedding or photoshoot inquiries, please contact for details.  A minimum of a 2 hour booking is required for wedding or photo shoot requests.



Few boats say “Lake Tahoe” more than the mahogany runabout. This truly American type was popularized in the early years of the 20th century by designers such as Gar Wood, Chris Smith and John Hacker, who created boats that went fast and looked good.

Star Dust is one of Lake Tahoe’s most famous ride boats. She was used extensively by Fred Kehlet and his family to take the public for rides from their resort at Meeks Bay, CA.

In 1992, Star Dust won the Best of Show award at the Tahoe Yacht Club’s Concours d’Elegance for her owner John Wickland III. She was purchased by Tom and Polly Bredt in the fall of 2002 and donated to the Museum in 2004.  Get a taste of the experience here.

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