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Facts about Lake Tahoe

  • Lake Tahoe is located 6223' above sea level on 193 square miles. The lake is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide.
  • If Lake Tahoe was tipped over, its contents would cover California in 14.5 inches of water, while Texas would be under 8.5 inches of water.
  • Tahoe could provide every person in the United States with 50 gallons of water per day for 5 years.
  • The sun shines an average of 274 days each year. Mountain elevations can receive an average of 300 to 500 inches of snow annually.

Lake Tahoe is one of the worlds deepest, highest, and clearest lakes surrounded by breathtaking forests and mountains with many waterways feeding into it, but only one river running out of it – the Truckee. More than 260 species of wildlife and 1,000 plant species live around the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Tahoe City is on the Northwest side, South Lake Tahoe falls toward the south east with the Nevada/California bisecting the lake in a line running north and south. About a dozen well developed ski resorts are situated around the lake and in the mild summertime these serve as camping and hiking paradise. The lake itself never freezes, so water sports are a huge draw.

View from Emerald Bay on the West Shore, looking East

Lake Tahoe Facts
The City of South Lake Tahoe is part of a broader South Shore community that includes California's El Dorado County in the Tahoe Basin and Nevada's Douglas County at Stateline/Zephyr Cove:
Population: South Lake Tahoe, including the Stateline 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.
Snowfall: At lake level, annual snowfall averages 125 inches. At alpine skiing elevations, the snowfall averages 300 to 500 inches each year.
Gaming: There are six 24-hour casinos in the South Lake Tahoe area. Together, they have a total of 7,051 slot machines and 411 game tables.
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, and boasts Lake Tahoe's greatest vertical drop at 3,600 feet.

  • 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 the Sierras can be unpredictable -- snow, for example, has fallen in every month and averages 420 inches a year.


Resort Reservations
Guest Services and Information
Tahoe City, CA  96145

City Concierge, Lake Tahoe is the source for resort reservations, guest services and information. We provide lodging reservations for hundreds of homes and condos from typical cabins in the forest to 5 star homes on the lake. 1 Lake, 2 Shores, 365 Days of Fun!

Homewood Mountain Resort
5141 Westlake Blvd.
Homewood, CA 96141

Incline Village
Incline Village Chamber of Commerce
969 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451

Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau
969 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451

Diamond Peak Ski Resort
1210 Ski Way
Incline Village, NV 89451

Kirkwood Ski Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Kirkwood, CA 95646

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
629 Sugar Bowl Road
Norden, CA 95724

Olympic Valley
Squaw Valley Ski Area
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Mt. Rose Ski Resort
22222 Mt. Rose Hwy
Reno, NV 89511

South Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
1156 Ski Run Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce
3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Heavenly Mountain Resort
3860 Saddle Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

South Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
169 Highway 50
Stateline, NV 89449

Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce
169 Highway 50, 3rd Floor
Stateline, NV 89449

Tahoe City
Tahoe City Visitors Information Center
380 North Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145

North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
PO Box 1757
Tahoe City, CA 96145

North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau
PO Box 1757
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
2600 Alpine Meadows Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce
10065 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

Northstar At Tahoe
100 Northstar Drive
Truckee, CA 96161

Twin Bridges
Sierra At Tahoe - Ski Resort
1111 Sierra At Tahoe Road
Twin Bridges, CA 95735

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