All About Lake Tahoe

  • Lake Tahoe is located 200 miles northeast of San Francisco, CA. and 58 miles southwest of Reno, NV. in the Sierra Mountain Range.
  • Lake Tahoe is the North American Continent’s largest Alpine lake and is 22 miles long, 12 miles wide, and covers a surface area of 191.6 square miles, and has 72 miles of shoreline.
  • Lake Tahoe is 2/3 in California and 1/3 in the State of Nevada.
  • The Lake’s surface is 6,226.95 feet above sea level and the natural rim is 6,223 feet above sea level, making it the highest Lake of its size in the United States.
  • Mt. Tallac at 9,735 feet is the highest peak rising from the shoreline. The highest point in the Tahoe Basin is Freel Peak at 10,881 feet.
  • Lake Tahoe is the third deepest lake in North America and the tenth deepest in the world. (Lake Baikal, in Russia, is the deepest at over 4,600 feet.) Tahoe’s deepest point is 1,645 feet near Crystal Bay. The average depth of Lake Tahoe is 989 feet.
  • The estimated 39.75 trillion gallons of water contained in the lake is 99.9 percent pure, with visibility to 75 feet below the surface.
  • If Lake Tahoe was completely drained, it would cover a flat area the size of California to a depth of 14 inches, but would take over 700 years to refill.
  • Lake Tahoe is, geologically, a “young lake” having been formed 10,000 to 11,000 years ago.
  • Glaciers are responsible for carving out the broad U-shaped valleys that hold Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Cascade Lake.
  • Sixty-three streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but only one, the Truckee River, run past Reno and into Pyramid Lake.
  • Lake Tahoe loses much of its water to evaporation. If the water that evaporates from the Lake every 24 hours could be recovered, it would supply the daily requirements of a city the size of Los Angeles.
  • Although the summer’s heat can warm the upper 12 feet to a comfortable 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Lake Tahoe never freezes over in the winter; this is due to the constant 39 degrees Fahrenheit maintained at depths below 700 feet, largely because of the constant movement and volume of water.
  • The sun shines at Lake Tahoe approximately 274 days a year. Weather in Lake Tahoe and the Sierras can be unpredictable — snow, for example, has fallen in every month and averages 420 inches a year.
  • Population: South Lake Tahoe, including the State Line area, has a permanent, year-round population of 34,000.
  • Sunshine: The sun shines at Lake Tahoe during 75% of the year, or 274 days. Lake Tahoe vacations are popular for obvious reasons to those that seek fun in the sun and to explore the many popular attractions in Lake Tahoe.
  • Lake Tahoe Gaming: There are six 24-hour casino hotels in the South Lake Tahoe area. Together, these Lake Tahoe Casinos and Tahoe casino hotels have a total of 7,051 slot machines and 411 game tables. Click here now to view South Lake Tahoe casinos!
  • Lake Tahoe Accommodations: There are hundreds of hotels and motels in Lake Tahoe one of the most popular ones include our very own Big Pines Mountain House.
  • Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals: A vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe is an alternative to a vacation rental in Incline Village or a casino resort hotel. For a motel reservation in South Lake Tahoe the Big Pines Mountain House in Lake Tahoe is a fantastic solution if you like the benefits of both as it has the feel and amenities offered by both a vacation rental and a hotel.
  • Skiing: Skiers can hit the slopes on one of the 182 ski trails in the midst of more than 8,800 total ski resort acres. The longest ski run in the area is 5.5 miles long. Lake Tahoe’s greatest vertical drop is 3,600 feet. Both runs are at Heavenly. Click here now for a full list of ski areas in and around Lake Tahoe!
  • Fishing: The biggest fish ever caught in Lake Tahoe, a Mackinaw lake trout, weighed 37 pounds and 6 ounces.
  • Famous Residents: Famous neighbors include and have included Charles Bronson, Cher, Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minelli, Wayne Newton and the Captain and Tennile.
  • Movies Filmed at Lake Tahoe: Indian Love Call, starring Jeanette McDonald, was the first movie to be filmed at Lake Tahoe in the 1920’s. Subsequent films have included The Godfather, starring Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, and The Bodyguard, filmed at Fallen Leaf Lake, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.

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