A Helpful Real Estate Guide for Lake Tahoe

HISTORICAL

Tahoe is a Washoe Indian word, generally believed to mean "Big Water" or "Big Blue." While no exact definition has ever been agreed upon, many have interpreted the word to mean many things. Mark Twain, while visiting Lake Tahoe in his earlier days, was said to have defined Tahoe as "Grasshopper Soup." Others have said the word means "Strong Water" or "Whiskey." Whatever the meaning, the word Tahoe has long had a mystical connotation, which is appropriate in describing the overwhelming beauty of the Lake.

Lake Tahoe was the center and heart of Washoe Indian territory, including the upper valleys of the Walker, Carson, and Truckee Rivers. They called this area "Da ow a ga," which means "edge of lake." When early pioneers came they mispronounced this word, saying "Da ow," it later evolved into what we call it today, Lake "Tahoe." The Washoe Indians told many great tales to their children, from which they learned about their lands and heritage. Of these tales, there are many about Lake Tahoe...

PHYSICAL

Elevation: The average surface elevation is 6,225 feet above sea level making it the highest lake of it’s size in the United States.

Location: Lake Tahoe is located on the California/Nevada border, 198 miles northeast of San Francisco, 98 miles east of Sacramento and 58 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada.

Size: Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long, 12 miles wide, and 72 miles of shoreline. Lake Tahoe’s greatest depth of 1,645 feet makes it the third deepest lake in North America and the tenth deepest in the world.

Volume: The water in Lake Tahoe could cover a flat area the size of California by 14 inches. This is enough to provide everyone in the United States with 50 gallons of water per day for 5 years. And believe it or not, the amount of water that evaporates from the surface of Lake Tahoe every year could supply a city the size of Los Angeles for 5 years.

Clarity: Tahoe’s waters are among the purest in the world at 99.7% pure. A white dinner plate can be seen 120 feet below the surface with little trouble.

Temp: During the summer months the upper 12 feet of water forms a layer that can warm to 68 degrees F, but below depths of 700 feet during the winter the temperature remains a constant 39 degrees F.

CLIMATE

Snow: Lake Tahoe gets an average of 215.4 inches of snowfall, or a little under 18 feet. Upper elevations can get between 300 and 500 inches per year.

Winds: Winds are generally mild, 10-15 mph, out of the west and northwest. During storm periods they can average 25-35 mph.

Sun: The sunshine probability for the Basin is 84%, with at least 307 days of sun per year.

Dress: Sweaters and jackets are almost always necessary in the evenings. Winter means heavy jackets and warm boots and clothes, while summer days can be spent in shorts and T-shirts.

Population: In 1950 there were 2,500 permanent residents in the Lake Tahoe Basin. By 1986 that number had risen to 60,000 with 17,500 in Nevada and 42,500 in California.

Visitors: There were approximately 12,000,000 visitor days recorded in the basin in 1986, or an average of 33,000 per day. However, the visitor population can exceed 100,000 on peak weekends.

AVERAGE AIR TEMPERATURES AND RAIN


January
April
July
October
Year
Minimum
18
27
44
32
30
Mean
27
39
61
45
43
Maximum
36
51
78
58
55
Rain/inches
6.13
2.10
0.26
1.90
30.90

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South Shore (CA)

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The Fresh Ketch Lake Tahoe Is A Waterfront Seafood Restaurant

Address: 2435 Venice Drive East South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
South Shore (CA)

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The Beacon Bar and Grill Tahoe Offers American Dining Close To The Water.

Address: 1900 Jameson Road South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
North & West Shore (CA)

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Bacchi's Restaurant Tahoe Is A Comforting Italian Restaurant.

Address: 2905 Lake Forest Rd Tahoe City, CA 96145